Deborah Pernice Knefel 714-937-2035

Deborah Pernice Knefel

Title: Attorney
Phone: 714-937-2035
Fax: 714-464-2218

General Advisory and Trial Counsel with over 25 years experience in Business, Administrative, Government, Tort, Real Estate, Employment, Labor, Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation and 19 civil jury trials.

Ms. Knefel recently served as a deputy city attorney for 19 years in a charter city in Orange County, California advising, representing and litigating on behalf of the human resources, building and planning, public works, traffic engineering, utilities, police, fire, community services, parks and recreation departments, as well as the convention center, stadium and city entertainment venues.  Her work at the city involved many high profile trials and the successful defense of the city and its employees, mitigating or eliminating their exposure to millions of dollars in liability.

Before her tenure at the city, Ms. Knefel represented individuals and small businesses in contract and real estate transactions and litigation matters, including employment and discrimination matters.

Ms. Knefel was Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Manager at Kaufman and Broad Homes in Irvine, California before she attended law school.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
Supreme Court of the State of California State Bar No. 114189
United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central

Orange County Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

St. Thomas More Society of Orange County (Catholic Lawyers)

James P. Gray Inns of Court Barrister

Lex Romana (Italian American Lawyers of Orange County) (Past President)

Certified Toastmaster


Juris Doctor, Western State University

Bachelor of Arts, California State University Fullerton

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