Deborah M. Garskof, member of the firm, focuses her practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, employment law, commercial law, corporate law, probate litigation and appellate practice.
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 on the topic of liability for underage drinking. Attorney Garskof has co-authored and contributed to a number of periodicals. She co-authored "Use Technology to Protect Your Technology (and yourself!) From Cybercrime" in a recent issue of the ABA's GPSolo Magazine. Ms. Garskof is a contributor to the legal reference manual Connecticut Torts, Law and Practice, Second Edition and co-authored chapter X in the American Bar Association publication, Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer. Among her other written publicans is her co-authoring Asset Assignment from the FDIC, Debt Collection Strategies, Connecticut Lawyer, August 9, 1999 and 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 the Fairfield County Connecticut community. She currently serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Team at the Unitarian Church in Westport and serves on the Safer Congregations Committee there; formerly she served on the Nominating Committee. Ms. Garskof has also served on the PTA Executive Board of Fairfield's Middle Schools and served on the Executive Board of the Mill River Wetland Committee, Inc., an environmental/educational non-profit for several years.