Deborah Bucksbaum counsels clients on a broad range of business-related issues and represents insurance policyholders in coverage disputes. Over her 30-plus year career, she has worked for large multi-national law firms, served as chief legal officer for an affordable housing developer (Chelsea Investment Co.), co-founded what was believed to be the first 100% women-owned business litigation firm in California, and co-founded and operated a gift-book publishing company. In her in-house roles in affordable housing and publishing and her representation of clients in a variety of industries as outside counsel, Deborah has handled business transactions, claims oversight, general intellectual property issues, lease agreements, and other legal matters.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1982
    (served as Project Editor for American Criminal Law Review)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, cum laude, 1976


  • Business Law
  • Insurance Coverage, Policyholders


  • State Bar of California
  • Pro Bono and Community Activities:
  • Jewish Family Service, San Diego – Director and Chair of Public Affairs Committee, 2014-present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Venture County – Advisory Board, 2002-2005

Other Interests:

Deborah also serves clients as a business and life strategies coach. She happily balanced her career with raising her son for 18 years.