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Deborah Broyles is a partner in the Labor & Employment Group of CMCP member Reed Smith. She represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation in the areas of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, wage & hour issues, and other related claims in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Deborah has extensive experience coordinating and managing substantial employment litigation dockets for national clients. She also counsels clients on alternative dispute resolution procedures and personnel policies & practices, provides in-house training on a variety of labor & employment issues, and advises clients on diversity best practices, initiatives and training.

Throughout her career, Deborah has been an active advocate of a more diverse & inclusive legal profession – both within her law firm as National Diversity Director of Thelen from 2002-2008, and now a member of the Reed Smith Diversity Committee, and in the community as a CMCP Board member & past Board Chair, and through active involvement in numerous other legal diversity organizations.

But most important – Deborah is a mentor, role model & inspiration to more attorneys than even she realizes. When it comes to reaching out & lifting people up, "no” is not in Deborah’s lexicon. She makes people feel welcome; she always has time; she is supportive & encouraging; she is there for everyone.

Recent Golden Gate University Law School graduate Crystal Cole says it best: "In my life and countless others, Deborah has helped nurture the buds and blossoms of our personal and professional desires. She assumed the mantle of mentorship whole-heartedly. Deborah has not only been an inspiration to lawyers of color and women lawyers, but she also has been a faithful advocate for all young and aspiring lawyers. Her willingness to help others, lifting as she climbs, follows the spirit of justice in the legal profession. She has impacted the Bay Area legal community far more than she may ever know. If she knows nothing else, she should recognize that, because of her example, many lawyers will and have adopted Mary Church Terrell's mantra to lift as we climb---committing to uplift our communities, peers and those who can’t help themselves.”


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