Deborah A. Ausburn

Deborah A. Ausburn

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Deborah Ausburn is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Public Interest and Advocacy practice groups, where she focuses on advising and defending non-profit groups. Her clients range from political advocacy groups to youth-serving organizations. Ms. Ausburn’s experience includes successful cases before the United States Supreme Court in constitutional claims, extensive work in free speech and religious freedom issues, and dozens of successful jury trials. That experience has given her a national presence with non-profit groups involved in political advocacy. She assists them with the intricacies of strategic planning, corporate governance, defamation law, and government regulation.

In addition, Ms. Ausburn has more than 30 years experience as a social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and civil trial attorney. That background has given her unique insights into defending day care centers, camps, schools, and mentoring organizations. She has volunteered with and defended youth-serving organizations throughout the United States in matters as diverse as personal injury cases, intrusive government regulations, libel and slander issues, and claims of sexual abuse.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Ms. Ausburn worked with well-respected civil litigation firms defending personal injury claims against youth-serving organizations and medical facilities as well as defending day care centers and private schools in disputes with state and federal governments. She served as a federal prosecutor in the Western North Carolina district, prosecuting cases of sexual assault, child abuse, and drug trafficking. She has worked with non-profit legal foundations, defending free speech, religious liberties, and property rights in various federal courts.

Selected Representations

  • Lead counsel in Solis v. Laurelbrook Sanitarium and School, Inc., Case No. 09-6128 (6th Cir., April 28, 2011), successfully defending private vocational school against Department of Labor's attempt to apply workplace regulations
  • Successful argument before the United States Supreme Court in Northeastern Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America v. City of Jacksonville, 508 U.S. 656 (1993)
  • Assisted Centers for Disease Control in preparation of 2007 publication, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures
  • Appointed by Governor Perdue to Board of Georgia Department Human Resources, 2005-2007
  • Lead federal prosecutor in numerous jury trials of rape and child sexual abuse cases from Cherokee Indian Reservation in western North Carolina, along with federal pornography and sex trafficking cases, 1992-1999

Memberships

State Bar of Georgia

State Bar of North Carolina

Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance

Federalist Society

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Coverdell Leadership Institute, 2001-2002

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, Cherokee Child Advocacy Council, 2008-present

Board of Directors, Hillside, Inc., 2012-present

Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council, Youth Protection Advisory Committee, 2012-present

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Inc.

  • Board of Directors 2003-2005
  • Advisory Board 2012-2014

Georgia Department of Human Resources, Board Member 2005-2007

  • Caring for Children, Asheville, NC
  • Foster parent, 1995-1999
  • Board member, 1998-1999

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

American Camping Association

Practice Highlights

Experience

Newsroom

Speaking Engagements

Education

University of Georgia School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1986

Bob Jones University, BS, Speech Education, 1979

Clerkship

Clerk, Hon. J.L. Edmondson, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1986-1987

Bar Admissions

Georgia

North Carolina

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Accolades

American Camp Association' Southeastern Community Service Award, 2015