Deborah is a tireless advocate and dedicated courtroom litigator. Prior to joining F&L she was the chair of a criminal practice group for a well-known boutique law firm in Center City Philadelphia. Deborah also served for nearly 25 years as Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. While serving as prosecutor, she worked in various units throughout the office handling complex and high-profile matters, i.e., homicide, major trials, economic crimes, domestic violence and sexual assault. As Assistant District Attorney, she earned a winning reputation in court and favorably resolved cases prior to trial through exceptional advocacy utilizing her extensive knowledge of the law and legal procedure.

Deborah came to the City of Philadelphia in 1982 to pursue her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. At the University of Pennsylvania, Deborah studied sociology and the effects of crime in the urban community. She was greatly affected by the 1982 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, which resulted in the fatality of 11 individuals. This tragic incident shaped her life goal of being a great advocate for the people. Deborah went on to gain her Juris Doctorate from the prestigious University of Michigan Law School, before returning to Philadelphia to practice law.

Deborah has always believed in speaking up and standing up for what is right. She often quotes a statement attributed to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that is, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Today Deborah remains a dedicated champion for the people, committed to achieving the best outcome on their behalf. For more information, please visit

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Areas of Practice

Deborah Cooper Nixon concentrates in criminal law, focusing in areas such as white-collar crime, murder, sexual violence, drug distribution and conspiracy, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Deborah also represents individuals in governmental investigations, grand jury hearings, student conduct hearings, and appellate/post-conviction relief. Her practice also includes litigation of civil rights claims and personal injury matters.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey


• The University of Michigan Law School (JD 1989)
• University of Pennsylvania (BA in Sociology of Law)