Deborah Petito is a litigation partner who handles labor and employment and financial elder abuse matters. She is co-chair of the Elder Law Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has successfully handled and litigated elder law abuse cases.
Debbie represents public and private sector employment clients in all types of labor and employment matters including representation in federal and state courts, before state and federal agencies regulating wages and hours of employment, in arbitration proceedings, before the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. In addition to handling litigation, she also provides general advice and counsel to employers on employee discipline and termination, wage and hour issues, as well as other employment topics. She negotiates with labor unions and other organizations on behalf of employers and advises clients during strikes. She is often asked to provide extensive training to executives, managers and supervisors on various employment law topics, including sexual harassment.
Debbie represents elders who are the victims of financial elder abuse. She has litigated several cases and resolved others without the need for litigation.
Prior to joining Clark & Trevithick, Debbie was an associate and partner at her previous firm for over 25 years.
In 1981, Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and is admitted to the California State Bar, all Federal District Courts in California and the United States Supreme Court.
Debbie was raised in Northern California and currently lives in Glendale with her husband and two sons. She enjoys sports, reading and family and friends.