Debra Runbeck

Biography

Debra was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to the great state of Arizona when she was 19. Her past lives include working as a correctional officer, Coconino County Deputy Sheriff and Game and Fish Reserve Game Ranger. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. In 1988, she received her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University and has been representing injured workers since 1994.

Governor Hull appointed Debra as a member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board In December 1999 and Governor Napolitano appointed her to the Structural Pest Control Commission in 2003. Debra was a Judge Pro Tempore with the Maricopa County Superior Court for the purpose of conducting settlement conferences from 2007-2012.

She is a past co-chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar, past chair and active member of the Workers' Compensation Advisory Commission, active member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Workers' Compensation section, and member of Arizona Women Lawyers Association. As the current chair of the public policy committee of the Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers, Debra works vigorously at the legislature to improve the laws for injured workers.

Her leisure time is spent mostly with her husband, Craig, and her two beautiful daughters. They enjoy music, horseback riding and traveling.

Education

  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
    • J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1988
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1984
    • Honors: summa cum laude
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Tucson, Arizona
    • Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, Tucson, Arizona
      • Correctional Officer Training Academy, Phoenix, Arizona
        • Ljungskile Folkhogskola

          Bar Admissions

          • Arizona, 1988
          • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990
          • Federal Claims Court, 1990

          Honors

          • Top Pro Bono Attorney, State Bar Convention, 2005

          Certified Legal Specialties

          • Workers Compensation, State Bar of Arizona

          Professional Associations

          • Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers, Chair of the Public Policy Committee
          • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore, 2007 to 2012
          • Structural Pest Control Commission, Former Chair
          • Structural Pest Control Commission, Member, 2003 to 2008
          • Workers' Compensation Advisory Council for Legal Specialization, Current Member
          • Workers' Compensation Section of the Arizona State Bar Association, Past Co-Chair
          • Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, Former Member, 1999
          • Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Arizona State Bar, Member
          • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member
          • Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Member
          • Workers' Compensation Section of the Arizona State Bar Association, Member
          • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member
          • Arizona Association of Lawyers for Injured Workers, Member

          Current Employment Position

          • Partner

          Past Positions

          • Fennemore Craig, Associate Attorney, 1988 to 1994
          • Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, Summer Associate, 1987 to 1987
          • Scottsdale Insurance Company, Law Clerk, 1986 to 1987
          • Arizona Game and Fish Department, Reserve Game Ranger, 1987 to 1996
          • Coconino County Sheriff's Department, Deputy, Senior Deputy and Acting Sergeant, 1983 to 1985
          • Arizona Department of Corrections, Correctional Service Officer, 1981 to 1983

          Languages

          • Swedish