Debra steel Sturmer


T: 415-217-6342
F: 415-217-2782

Debra's practice focuses on the defense of malpractice claims against attorneys, insurance agents and brokers, insurance adjusters, soils engineers, structural engineers, realtors and other professionals. Debra also handles insurance coverage investigations and insurance litigation. In addition, Debra also defends employers in state and federal court on the full gamut of employment-related claims. Debra has tried a number of complex cases to successful verdict, and has extensive arbitration and mediation experience. Debra is also a certified mediator available to act as a neutral in the resolution of employment professional liability and other disputes. Debra serves as a volunteer mediator for the Office of Citizen's Complaint for the San Francisco Police Department.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    -Tort and Insurance Practice Sections
    -Labor and Employment Practice Sections
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society ("PLUS")

Recognition and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Traynor Honor Society

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entity Defense

Admitted to Bar

  • California Supreme Court; 9th Circuit; and District Courts of California


  • University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law (J.D., Valedictorian, 1982)
  • California State University, Sacramento, School of Social Work (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)