Debra L. Witter

Debra Witter | Farrow-GIllespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

Advertising and Promotions Law
Corporate Law
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Debra L. Witter has practiced law in Dallas for thirty-five years, both in law firm settings (large and small) and corporations (ranging from start-ups to a Fortune 500 corporation). Before joining Farrow-Gillespie & Heath, Debra was Senior Vice-President, Legal, for Blockbuster Inc.  Prior to that position, she served as general counsel for Star Concessions, Ltd., a company operating retail and restaurant concessions at airports. Ms. Witter began her career at the law firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist, and was also a partner in the law firm of Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, Aranza & Wulff.

Debra Witter’s primary practice areas include marketing, advertising and promotions law, trademarks, contracts, and Internet law. Her practice is nationwide among medium and large privately held and publicly traded companies, as well as nonprofit organizations.

Debra holds a Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review; Chancellors (highest academic honor); and Order of the Coif.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors and special honors in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Ms. Witter is a member of the Texas Association of Mediators; the American Bar Association; the State Bar of Texas; and the Dallas Bar Association.  She is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation; and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Debra is an active contributor and volunteer in the Dallas community, particularly in the Oak Cliff area where she resides with her husband, healthcare attorney Scott Chase.  She and Scott have both appeared as contestants on the television show Jeopardy.

Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

Practice Areas

  • Advertising and Sweepstakes Law
  • Trademarks
  • Business Transactions
  • Internet Law

Education

  • J.D., with high honors, The University of Texas School of Law
    • Texas Law Review
    • Chancellors
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., with highest honors, The University of Texas

Publications and Presentations

  • “Effective Digital Advertising Disclosures” in the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes periodical, December 2013.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of mediators
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Trinity River Audubon Center, Stewardship Council

Previous Experience

  • Blockbuster, Inc. (SVP-Legal)
  • Star Concession (General Counsel)
  • Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, Aranza & Wulff
  • Jenkens & Gilchrist