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Debra L. Goetz

  • Debra’s Biography

    Debra L. Goetz joined the firm in 2002. She is a transactional attorney and her practice focuses on corporate matters, including entity formation, and local government law.

    Debra is licensed to practice in both Texas (2003) and New York (1989). She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, with honors in political science, in 1985, and her J.D, magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1988, where she was an articles editor for the Cornell Law Review. She is originally from New York and was previously associated in New York with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton and with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. She was born in New York and moved to Texas in 2002.

    In addition to providing pro bono legal services to local nonprofit organizations, Debra currently serves on the board of the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel of McAllen and on the North American board of Women of Reform Judaism.

  • Bar Admissions
    • New York, 1989
    • Texas, 2003
  • Education
    • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois B.S Political Science 1985
    • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, J.D. 1988
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Member
    • New York Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
  • Community Involvement
    • Temple Emanuel of McAllen, Inc. Sisterhood Immediate Past President (2021-present), Sisterhood President (2017-2021); Sisterhood First Vice President (2015-2017); Director (2017-2021); Member of Ritual and Education Committees
    • Access Esperanza Clinics Inc. Director (2021-present); Immediate Past Chair (2019); Chair (2015-2018)
    • Women of Reform Judaism, Board Member (2019-present)
    • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Racial Justice Campaign `Leadership Team (2019-2021)
    • Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County, Texas, Inc., Director (2005-2011, 2013-2014)
  • Language
    • English