Debra A. Clifford

Firm: Gibbons P.C.
Location: Newark - NJ

  • One Gateway Center
    Newark, New Jersey 07102-5310
  • Tel : 973 596 4843
  • Fax : 973 639 6498

Ms. Clifford is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on general complex commercial litigation and, in particular, education matters. As a mother of children with special needs, Ms. Clifford understands the many challenges and struggles parents encounter when advocating for their children. Because of her own personal experiences, she has a passion and commitment to help others benefit from the knowledge she has gained as both an attorney and a parent and serves as a leader of the firm’s Child Advocacy Team.

Ms. Clifford’s work on behalf of children and their families includes counseling and representation on issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504, and other state statutes. Ms. Clifford participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, represents clients in settlement negotiations with school districts, due process hearings and litigation.

Ms. Clifford’s commercial litigation practice encompasses a broad range of litigation matters for public and private companies and individuals. Throughout her career, she has represented clients in trial and appellate work in state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey and has handled a number of arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Clifford has effectively managed large teams of attorneys to efficiently and effectively defend the firm’s clients.


Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal

College of the Holy Cross (B.A.)


  • Premier Education Lawyers, Exclusive Featured Attorney for Newark 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation
  • Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation
  • Named to the Irish Legal 100, 2019

Gibbons P.C.

Gibbons has been recognized nationally for its work – for example, as one of only 20 law firms on the National Law Journal’s inaugural “Midsize Hot List” – as well as regionally. The New Jersey Law Journal has awarded Gibbons a “Litigation Practice of the Year” designation four times in recent years, in the class actions, products liability, and commercial litigation categories and with the overall “General Litigation Practice of the Year” honor. Law360 has highlighted the firm’s multidisciplinary litigation strength, and its contributions to several high-profile corporate and real estate transactions in the public and private sectors, in its “Regional Powerhouse” series. Gibbons was also selected as both a top three law firm and a top three lobbying firm in New Jersey in the NJBIZ Reader Ranking Awards for the past three years. The firm has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® organization.