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Debora L. Verdier

Debora L. Verdier

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Debora Verdier is a partner in the Phoenix office of Manning & Kass. Ms. Verdier defends employers in all types of labor and employment disputes pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and federal courts, and private arbitrators. She has experience in defending employers, including municipalities, against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation brought under Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the whistleblower provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Ms. Verdier has handled EEOC and employment-related litigation matters for one of Arizona's largest charter school organizations. For that same client, she also performed policy reviews and revised policies as necessary to comply with changes in the law. She has also provided in-service and training for charter school management personnel on ADA, FMLA, and Title VII issues. In addition to representing business clients in litigation, Ms. Verdier counsels companies with an eye toward preventing disputes and providing pre-litigation solutions.

Ms. Verdier has represented businesses in liability and insurance matters and has represented insurance companies in matters involving reimbursement issues and insurance coverage disputes. Her work in this area has included preparing insurance coverage opinions, reservation of rights letters, and, if necessary, litigating coverage disputes and negotiating resolutions.

In 2012, Ms. Verdier was appointed to the International Association of Defense Counsel. Membership to this 2,500 member group is by invitation only. The International Association of Defense Counsel takes a leadership role in many areas of legal reform and professional development.

Ms. Verdier currently serves as a judge pro tem in the Maricopa County Superior Court. She is also an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where she teaches a practical skill course called “The Litigation Experience.”

Ms. Verdier was pleased to be included in the list of Top Lawyers in the Labor and Employment Category in the AZ Business Magazine (March/April 2011 and March/April 2013). Ms. Verdier has also been named a 2013–2017 Southwest Super Lawyer. She has also been named one of the 2015–2017 Top 25 Women Arizona Super Lawyers and one of the 2016–2017 Top 50 Arizona Super Lawyers.

Published Decisions:

In re the Estate of Richard D. Snure,  ____ Ariz. ___, ___ P.3d ___ (App. Div. 2, No. 2 CA-CV 2013-0075, filed February 28, 2014)

Canyon Ambulatory Surgery Center and El Dorado Surgery Center, LLP v. SCF Arizona, 225 Ariz. 414, 239 P.3d 733 (App. 2010)

Xcentric Ventures, L.L.C. v. Bird, et al., 2010 WL 447759 (D. Ariz. 2010)

CBS Broadcasting, Inc., et al. v. EchoStar Communications Corp., et al., 276 F. Supp. 2d 1237 (S.D. Fla. 2003).

In re Price Waterhouse Ltd., 202 Ariz. 397, 46 P.3d 408 (2002).

CBS Broadcasting, Inc., et al. v. EchoStar Communications Corp., et al., 265 F.3d 1193 (11th Cir. 2001).

Recently Published Articles: 

Insured’s Obligations to Insurer upon Entering into a Morris Agreement, AADC Newsletter

Arizona’s Broad Interpretation of the “Effective Vindication” Theory, IADC Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Newsletter, September 2013

Property Managers That Are Collecting Assessments Are Not Debt Collectors Under the FDCPA, IADC Professional Liability Committee Newsletter, October 2013  

Recent Speaking Engagements:

Speaker, "The Interplay Between the FMLA, the ADA, and Workers' Compensation Laws," presented to various organizations, including:  (a) The Risk Management Society, September 10, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona and (b) Arizona Public Risk Management Association, 4th Quarter Meeting, December 11, 2014, in Surprise, Arizona

Moderator, "The Real Cost of the Affordable Care Act," PLUS Southwest Chapter, Educational Event, September 25, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona

Panelist, "Counsel Chat," United Latino Business Coalition and Hispanic Association of Real Estate Professionals, Inc., July 9, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona

Faculty Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2014 Critical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys, May 31-June 1, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona

Keynote Speaker, The Chief's Contract – Your Life Line, 2014 International Conference for Police & Law Enforcement Executives, April 27-29, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona

Moderator, Emerging Trends in Professional Liability, PLUS Southwest Chapter, Educational Event, October 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society, SW Chapter Steering Committee Member
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • DRI