get to know deborah lawson
“My goal is to help the often forgotten middle-class plan and protect their life’s journey- their legacy – one step at a time.”
Free will. Everyone has free will and the ability to use it. You can’t change anyone else, so simply worry about yourself. Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.
Personal responsibility. When you choose to use your free will, you have to accept the personal responsibility that comes with it. It’s all you, baby!
Harm None. Being politically correct can be harmful. Being honest helps you grow. Little white lies are still lies.
Times Three. Everything you put out into the world–good or bad–comes back cubed. Be proud, happy, and thrilled!
I’m a collaborative attorney who, in 2008, founded a boutique law firm of like-minded professionals to champion and protect the often forgotten middle-class.
I’m not your typical attorney.
I graduated from Texas A&M in 1992, with a business degree, and didn’t go to law school until almost ten years later. In the interim, the New York Times foreshadowed my early career with one article: “Graduates Facing Worst Prospects in Last 2 Decades.”
I attended Texas A&M…twice.
This time in Galveston, where I met both the professor who would shape my future and the man with whom I would share my life. Ditching the marine biology degree path, Rusty Williams ’02 moved with me to Camden, New Jersey, where I was a 1L at Rutgers Law School.
We moved back to Texas.
During my first week of law school, I put in for a transfer back to Texas. In 2003, I graduated from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, took the Texas Bar, and moved to Houston to pursue a career in admiralty and maritime law. I’ve represented a major railroad and several major shipping lines, but my true passion is helping individuals and very small companies with their day-to-day legal issues.
Death and Taxes.
In 2008, I opened this private practice with a mission to help members of the often-forgotten middle-class answer their legal questions without breaking the bank. My goal is to help these individuals plan and protect their legacies every step of the way. Owning my own practice also allowed me to dedicate more of my time to charity, and I developed a niche helping non-profit organizations apply for recognition under IRC § 501(c). A small part of my practice still focuses on non-profit formation and governance, a passion that stems from a long-time love affair with planning events and fundraising.
Fightin‘ Texas Aggie Class of 1992!
Thanks to more than 92,000 Aggies in the Houston area, there’s always something to do with the Maroon & White. In 2013, I was honored to be the Houston A&M Club’s 5th female President in 90 years. During my tenure, I proudly helped the Houston Aggie Women launch as a stand-alone entity in 2018. Somewhere in between, I chaired Muster, Coach’s Night, several Reveille golf tournaments, and so much more.
There she is…
I have had the honor of representing several state and local organizations in the Miss America line of scholarship competitions – as a volunteer, an attorney, and on the Board of Directors – and can honestly say that if you’re an empowered young woman looking for a great way to earn scholarship money and improve your marketability, check out the local competitions in any of the lines. You might be surprised. There is a reason that these competitions have survived while other programs fade away.
Y’all means all!
I currently serve as President of SLAGH – Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston, Houston’s LGBT bar association (lawyers, not adult beverages), am an active member of the National LGBT Bar’s Family Law Institute, and proudly stand with fewer than 1% of Texas lawyers in the Texas Bar College and Texas Bar Foundation.
A shout out to young professionals in Houston’s LGBT community. Check out Lambda NextGen Houston’s website for a variety of social events, volunteer and fundraising opportunities, intramural sports, and professional development programs. Although I’m a few birthday’s past “young,” this next generation of leaders allows me to share my wisdom and their company.
Whether I’m volunteering or practicing law, my work is dedicated to enriching (and protecting) your legacy. I would love to hear about your plans to protect your life’s work, email me here to set up our first phone call.
"deborah is incredibly wonderful to work with and has been a tremendous resource for all of my small business law needs. I highly recommend her and appreciate her honesty."Kim C.