Deborah Fabricant made a conscious choice to direct her legal career into the area of employee benefits law after a back-door introduction to it some 40 years ago as a litigator challenging the constitutionality of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980. She never looked back, focusing her current practice on providing advice and counsel to ERISA plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries.
Deborah’s extensive ERISA litigation experience, expertise and perspective makes her uniquely suited to provide pre-litigation fiduciary and other ERISA advice and counsel to employers and plan fiduciaries and represent clients before the United States Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. She also advises and counsels non-ERISA attorneys and other professionals, and has served as an expert, regarding ERISA issues that impact employment law and other non-ERISA practice and business matters, including fiduciary responsibility, discriminatory discharge or retaliation under ERISA and the subrogation rights of insurers.
Ms. Fabricant received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College (Columbia University), cum laude in 1974. She obtained her law degree from New York University in 1979 where she graduated Order of the Coif. She is a member of the American Bar Association and The State Bar of California and taught legal research and writing at Chapman Law School. She served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and was previously a member of the Orange County Superior Court Mediation Panel.
1988, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
1979, New York
New York University, Order of the Coif, 1979
Barnard College (Columbia University), cum laude, 1974
American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association (Judiciary Committee)
State Bar of California