Debra Belott is a trial lawyer with experience in complex and fast-paced litigation across a range of jurisdictions and industries. Clients have praised her ability to understand their business and approach litigation in a strategic and efficient way. Debra is coordinator of the Business & Tort Litigation Practice in the Firm's Washington Office.
Debra has represented clients in a variety of areas, including commercial contract disputes, antitrust merger litigations, insurance recovery, and IP infringement claims. She has experience working with expert witnesses in many substantive areas, including hydrogeology, economics, damages, and health care quality.
She has handled several antitrust merger litigations, including the successful defense of Cabell Huntington Hospital's acquisition of St. Mary's Medical Center from an FTC challenge. She also represented Electrolux Corporation in its defense of the DOJ's challenge to its proposed acquisition of General Electric's appliance business.
Debra has successfully tried bench and jury cases to verdict in federal court as well as commercial arbitrations and has experience in federal district courts in D.C., Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Virginia, Illinois, and Washington.
Debra is co-sponsor of Jones Day's Black Lawyers Group and a member of the Washington Committee on Diversity. She also maintains an active pro bono practice through the DC Children's Law Center and has handled several clemency petitions through the Clemency Project. Debra also serves on the board of Council for Court Excellence (CCE).
- St. John's University (J.D. 2008); University of Maryland, College Park (B.A. in Spanish 2005; Honors Program)
- New York, District of Columbia, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Extern, Queens County District Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Unit (Fall 2007)
- 2014 Lawyers of Color Mid-Atlantic Region Hot List