Debra has been devoted to representing clients in matters of family law throughout northern Virginia for two decades. She focuses on negotiating and drafting agreements and she regularly appears in court for motions and trials involving all aspects of divorce and post-divorce litigation in Fairfax Circuit Court and the surrounding jurisdictions. She compassionately helps families navigate difficult issues such as child support, child custody, divorce, property division, premarital agreements, and spousal support.
Debra knows all too well the emotions involved when a family is embroiled in a legal dispute. She provides her clients not only legal advice, but also guidance and support so they do not feel lost or overwhelmed by the process itself. She communicates and discusses options with her clients through every step so together they can determine the best way forward in their unique case. This is crucial in empowering clients to make well-informed decisions about their future.
Debra has received a number of accolades from the legal community for her client-focused nature, professionalism with her colleagues, advocacy skills, and knowledge of the law.
As a member of the VTLA Board of Governors from 2008-2018, Debra served as chair of the Family Law Section and co-chair of the Diversity, Membership, and Public Affairs Committees. She was on the board of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter from 2002-2009, serving as President in 2007. Debra received the Fairfax Bar Association President's Award in 2003 and 2008. She also served on the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Committee 2006-2012.
Debra received a B.A. magna cum laude from University of Richmond, and her J.D. from University of Virginia, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. For several years after receiving her law degree and before beginning to practice law, Debra was a legal analyst and editor with Lexis Law Publishing. After a short period with another Fairfax family law firm, Debra joined The Susan Hicks Group in 2001, where she maintained a key role until she established Taylor Huguley Powers in 2019.