Deborah Ann Wakefield, 47, is now one of five female trial lawyers in the state’s chapter and the youngest to date. According to its mission statement, ABOTA was created to further the education of trial lawyers and uphold the integrity and ethics of litigation.
Wakefield said this is something she can cross off her bucket list and she’s glad to be accepted by her peers and those on the opposing side of the courtroom.
After a person is nominated for ABOTA, the nominee must be voted in by the defense bar and the plaintiff bar, Wakefield said.
“It’s an honor and very humbling,” Wakefield said. “You always want to practice civility while you advocate for your client.”
Wakefield has practiced law for 19 years with the law firm of Parsons, Lee and Juliano in Birmingham, where she has tried more than 50 cases to conclusion. The 12-person firm now has four lawyers who have been inducted into ABOTA, Wakefield said.
Wakefield attributes her success to her supportive family; her husband Bill Wakefield and two daughters Maggie, 8, and Sam, 5.
Wakefield said she’s proud to be part of an exciting trend where more female lawyers are continuing to practice law after having a family.
“We can have a career and raise our children and have a nice healthy balance,” Wakefield said. “We don’t have to select a career over a family.”
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