Deborah J. Fox ’83 (JD) Recognized in 2013 “Women Leaders in the Law"

Los Angeles (March 12, 2013) – American Lawyer Media named Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson Principal Deborah Fox, '83 (JD), to its esteemed list of the nation’s Top Rated Lawyers "Women Leaders in the Law" for 2013. The list honors women lawyers who have the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence.


Fox is a principal in the firm's Los Angeles office and litigates some of the most closely watched cases on behalf of public agencies in California. Specializing in the First Amendment, she defends public agencies like the City of Los Angeles in the venice boardwalk cases and the City of San Leandro in a case that tested the parameters of the evolving Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

She has achieved groundbreaking rulings in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. Some of her cases have resulted in published decisions. Outside the courtroom, she provides day-to-day guidance to cities statewide as they address constitutional law concerns stemming from public protests (including Occupy Movement encampments), adult use zoning and regulation, signs and billboards, and RLUIPA. Fox is a frequent lecturer and writes extensively on First Amendment issues. Fox received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from the University of San Diego.

"Deborah effectively and successfully managed and litigated high-stakes and complex First Amendment cases on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for the Venice Boardwalk," said Laurie Rittenberg, Managing Assistant City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. "Deborah's legal acumen coupled with her tenacity helped the City win key victories. As well, Deborah's sound judgment and responsiveness helped us navigate the myriad of issues we faced both in the litigation and in the implementation of First amendment principles on the Boardwalk."

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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