Deborah Ann Wakefield was born on January 28, 1966 in Danville, Virginia. Following high school, Ms. Wakefield attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was awarded a Special Achievement Scholarship. She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team from 1988 to 1990, a Rhodes College Ambassador, and Vice President of the Chi Omega Sorority. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in History, Ms. Wakefield returned to her high school alma mater, The Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, where she taught high school history and was a track and basketball coach.
Ms. Wakefield received her Juris Doctorate from The Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1993. While at Cumberland, she participated in the Trial Advocacy Program winning the James O. Haley Federal Court Competition as a first year law student and was selected to the ATLA National Trial Team for both her second and third years of law school. In addition, she successfully wrote and was accepted for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and served as the Associate Articles Editor from 1991 to 1993. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1993. She is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama.
Ms. Wakefield joined Parsons, Lee and Juliano, P.C. in 1993 as an associate and became a shareholder with the firm in 2000. Ms. Wakefield is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar for four years.
Deborah Ann Wakefield has tried more than 45 cases to conclusion. She has presented oral argument on behalf of her clients before the Eleventh Circuit. She defends numerous premises liability lawsuits as well as medical malpractice lawsuits and mental health center defense work. Recently, she was inducted into the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Deborah Ann is married to Bill Wakefield. They live in Anniston, Alabama. Deborah Ann and Bill have two girls, Maggie and Samantha.