Debra Whitson is founder and principal of WhitsonLaw in Elizabethtown, New York. WhitsonLaw is a full-service local law firm with a concentration in matrimonial and family law. She has been a practicing attorney for 20 years, and has earned a reputation as a successful trial lawyer. However, when assisting clients who are divorcing or separating, Ms. Whitson prefers to serve in the role of Collaborative Attorney or Divorce Mediator. She is a recognized expert in legal issues facing victims of domestic violence. She has been appointed to act as Attorney For Children (formerly known as “law guardian”) by the NYS Appellate Division, Third Department. She has received awards for her work with victims of domestic violence and for her appellate advocacy. Ms. Whitson earned her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Pace University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from Cornell University.