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Education: Texas Tech undergrad – guns up Red Raiders, and Texas Wesleyan School of Law, which is now Texas A&M School of Law. So I guess that makes me an Aggie by proxy? Can you be a Red Raider AND an AGGIE? Uh-oh.
Bet you didn’t know: I used to be in musical theatre and wanted to star on Broadway.
Current Project: Building my brand as an entertainment lawyer and being a new GRANDMA.
Born/Age: Born in Lubbock, Texas 1973; YOU DO THE MATH
Family: Married to a wonderful man, have a beautiful daughter and granddaughter, and a handsome & talented son.
Areas of practice: Primarily Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Contract & Business Law, and recently accepted to become an Independent Hearing Examiner (IHE) for the Texas Education Agency, and an Adjunct Professor for Tarrant County College.
Another little known fact: I take a modern dance class at Tarrant County College at the age of 41!
Culinary talent: Homemade chicken enchiladas…my family loves these but only make them about twice a year…they are a lot of work!
Mentor/hero: My grandfather was very influential in my life. He did not say much, but his actions spoke loud. He taught me the value of a dollar, hard work, loving your family, and to have CONVICTION. He was taken suddenly when I was 15. But he instilled a lot in me in our short time together.
Most important career lesson: Do not take cases in an area of law you know nothing about!
Latest pursuit: Auditioned for a local musical. Hopefully, next time I will get the part (I think I was a little rusty…haha).
Favorite saying/quote: Proverbs 15: 22 – Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Pet peeve: Long winded story tellers!
Secret for staying young: First and foremost, God has been good to me – the King Spa, awesome family, and church family.
Favorite TV program: The Good Wife….what else is there??
Favorite musician: My cousin, Jason Waltony Berg, the trumpet player.
Favorite place to find albums: Amazon….don’t even have to get out of bed.
Favorite movie: So many to choose from….hmmm…ALL CHICK FLICKS…so cliché…I know!
Favorite sport: Soccer – and when my son goes pro, it will totally pay off.
Favorite food: Definitely Mexican food….I live in Texas….Mexican food doesn’t get any better! YUMMY…Joe T Garcia’s.
Favorite restaurant: Glorias!
Talents (besides law): Dancing, singing, and loving people.
Hobbies: I love to get in the yard and plant things, get all dirty, and make a big mess while making things look pretty.
Memorable vacation: Kauai – the GARDEN island…now I want a house there!
My favorite weekend retreats are: The King Spa – if you haven’t been, you are missing out.
Best thing about being a lawyer: I’m the boss!!!!
Any words of wisdom or advice for the new president of the State Bar of Texas? You got big shoes to fill, probably should start doing your sit-ups and push-ups now!
Deborah works at the Law Office of Deborah E. Johnson in North Richland Hills.
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