Debra D. Owen joined the firm after serving seven years as staff attorney for the Jackson-Madison County School System. She is also a licensed secondary teacher with twenty-eight years of classroom experience. Counseling district and school administrative leaders in the wide variety of legal issues faced by school systems, including the education of disabled students, is the focus of her practice. She also represents clients in employment law matters.
Debra graduated with honors from Union University, holds two graduate degrees, with honors, from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, with honors, in 2001 from the Nashville School of Law. Ms. Owen is a member of the Madison County and Tennessee Bar Associations, NSBA Council of School Attorneys, Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys, Tennessee Association for Administrators in Special Education; and Lawyer’s Association for Women. She has trained school administrators and/or attorneys on topics including Special Education Discipline; Section 504: Identification, Eligibility and Accommodation Plans; Navigating Issues of Custody, Residency, Enrollment & Attendance; Bullying in Schools; Students, Teachers and the Fourth Amendment; Family Medical Leave Act; Budgeting; Workplace Investigations; Managing Employee Performance; Managing Student Records; Public Records Management; Teacher Evaluation; Legal Issues for Teachers; Cultural Diversity; Brown v. Board of Education and No Child Left Behind.
Debra and her husband enjoy activities with family and friends and participate actively in the ministries of Jackson First United Methodist Church. They also enjoy boating, bicycling and visiting zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries.