Deborah M. Garskof
Deborah M. Garskof, member of the firm, focuses her practice in the areas of appellate practice, commercial law, construction law, employment law, and real estate.
Ms. Garskof earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, in 1994 and her B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut Honor's College, summa cum laude, in 1991 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Garskof was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1995, Connecticut Bar in 1997, and New York Bar in 2000. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.
Prior to coming to the firm, Ms. Garskof was a trial attorney with the Federal Labor Relations Authority where she practiced in the areas of labor and employment law and investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Ms. Garskof was one of the firm's multiple lawyers who dedicated substantial time to representing World Trade Center victims and their families. As a result, she and the firm recovered millions of dollars for these pro-bono clients.
Ms. Garskof has frequently lectured on the topic of employment law in conjunction with a program of the Stamford Adult Education Program. She has also lectured on the topic of mechanic's lien law and has been a panelist for the Westport Parent-Teacher's Association discussing the legal implications of a proposed ordinance directed at policing underage drinking. Attorney Garskof recently co-authored a chapter in an American Bar Association publication, Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer. Ms. Garskof is also the co-author of Asset Assignment from the FDIC, Debt Collection Strategies, Connecticut Lawyer, August 9, 1999 and co-author of Parents Legal Primer, Teens, Trouble, Consequence, and Liability, Connecticut Lawyer, Vol. 14 No. 3, November 2003.
In addition to her professional practice, Ms. Garskof is actively involved in her Fairfield, Connecticut community. She currently serves as the PTA Executive Board of Fairfield's Middle Schools and was recently elected to the Board of the Mill River Wetland Committee, Inc.
Ms. Garskof is a member of the American Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association, Employment Law Section.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Law
- Banking Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Employment Law
- Construction Law
- Real Estate
- Massachusetts, 1994
- Connecticut, 1997
- New York, 2000
- U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1995
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1998
- Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. cum laude - 1994
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
- B.A. summa cum laude - 1991
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
- Honors: Honors College
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member