Attorney Profile

Deborah Cooper Nixon, Esq. 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Criminal Practice Group is led by Deborah Cooper Nixon. Deborah is a former prosecutor for the City of Philadelphia, who served in that role for 24 years. Deborah developed her unique oratorical flair and courtroom presence while serving as prosecutor, and was well-known during her tenure in the Homicide and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. She not only exemplified strength, courage and tenacity in the courtroom, but she handled over 1,800 cases from inception to trial. Her conviction rate in homicide was 97%.

Today Deborah is fully dedicated to the Criminal Practice Group and its mission to provide outstanding legal service. Deborah’s treasure chest of life experiences has proven to be an invaluable asset to the practice, enabling her to outwit her opponents and make optimum choices for the client.

Deborah is the daughter of a school teacher and pastor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, her earliest inspiration was derived from her mother’s eloquence and her father’s fiery sermons and humanity for those less fortunate. She came to the City of Philadelphia in 1982 to pursue her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she studied Sociology and the implications of crime and delinquency in the urban community. Deborah was profoundly affected by the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia that left 11 dead on Osage Avenue. This solidified her desire to work in public service towards a more fair and inclusive judicial system.

While attending Michigan Law, Deborah spent considerable time interpreting the Racketeer Influenced and Organized Crime Control Act and authored a critical essay on the legal implications of this statute.

At F&E we care about the result.

Deborah was hired as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia in 1991. In the 24 years that followed, Deborah developed a unique oratorical flair and courtroom presence. She is perhaps best remembered for her tenure in Homicide and Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Deborah’s meticulous preparation of these cases enabled her to achieve a just result in hundreds of high-profile her cases.

Deborah is the rare attorney who has handled more than 1,800 cases from inception to trial. She also has a treasure chest of life experiences that enable her to think strategically and decide what options are best for YOU, that has proven to be an invaluable asset to the firm, enabling her to outwit her opponents and make optimum choices for the clients.


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“It was a very satisfying experience for me and my company to work with this legal advisor. Thank you so much for your professional help and assistance in the matter.”

Anna D.

“When I needed a good legal advice, I took a chance and came to this firm. And this was one of the best decisions in my life. Absolutely happy about how evrything ended.”

Nick C.

“She will NEVER quit”

Ben W.

Deborah called me every day to check up on me when I was going through a rough period. Deborah never gives up on you, and makes sure you don’t give up on yourself. I highly recommend her as an attorney.


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