Deborah focuses her practice on the representation of professionals (lawyers, judges, accountants, doctors, pharmacists) in professional responsibility and ethics matters and white collar criminal matters. She is a founding partner of Scalise and Hamilton, LLP in Scarsdale, New York. Before entering private practice, Deborah held the position of Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Public Advocacy for the Westchester Region. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. In addition, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Deborah received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and also earned Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of the City University of New York.
Deborah served as President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association (WWBA) and for three terms as Vice President and served as Treasurer from 2003-2004. Deborah is actively involved in several bar associations where she has coordinated and/or lectured extensively in Continuing Legal Education Programs. She served two terms as Vice President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), where she also serves as the Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee. She also serves as Chair of the WWBA’s Grievance/Ethics, Awards and Outreach Committees. She is Secretary of the White Plains Bar Association and serves on the Ethics Advisory Board of the New York County Lawyers Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Eastchester Bar Association, the New Rochelle Bar Association, the Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers Association and the Westchester County Bar Association, where she has served as Co-Chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.
Deborah has authored several articles related to professional responsibility and ethics issues which were published by the York State Bar Association's Journal; the Westchester County Bar Journal; the New York State Trial Lawyer's Bill of Particulars; the WBASNY newsletter; and the WWBA Newsletter. Deborah was profiled by the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer Magazine in its February 2005 issue and has been quoted in the New York Times Ethicist Column in its Sunday Magazine.