Deborah A. Scalise - Scalise & Hamilton LLP

Deborah A. Scalise

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 914-725-2801

Deborah A. Scalise is a partner in the firm SCALISE & HAMILTON LLP in Scarsdale, New York. The Firm focuses its practice on the representation of professionals (lawyers, judges, accountants, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, and government employees) in professional responsibility and ethics matters, and white-collar criminal matters.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Scalise held the position of Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Public Advocacy for the Westchester Region for more than two years. She handled cases involving consumer frauds, civil rights, public integrity and environmental concerns.  Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department.  In her nine years at the Committee, she litigated complex disciplinary matters including, investigations, hearings and appellate review of attorney ethical misconduct.  In addition, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County for more than three years where she handled economic crimes and arson cases.  Ms. Scalise received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, a Bachelor of Arts from John Jay College of the City University of New York and also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of the City University of New York.

Ms. Scalise is active in several bar associations. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA); she serves as the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee and on the Attorney Professionalism Committee.  She served two terms as Vice President to Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), where she also serves as the Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee. She is a Past President of the Westchester Women's Bar Association (WWBA) where she Co-chairs the Grievance/Ethics Committee and a Past President of the White Plains Bar Association (WPBA).  She serves as Outreach Co-chair for both the WPBA and the WWBA and is actively involved in educational programs for students including Take Your Children to Work Day, Law Day and Career Day.  She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and served on its Public Sector Lawyer's Division’s Ethics and CLE Committees.  She is also a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and the New York County Lawyers Association where serves as a Board Member of its Ethics Institute.  She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) where she served as Co-chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for two years.  As a member of the New Rochelle Bar Association (NRBA), she serves as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator in the New Rochelle City Court.  She is also a member of the Federal Bar Council, the Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers Association, the Westchester Columbian Lawyers Association and the Eastchester Bar Association.  

Ms. Scalise has coordinated and/or lectured in CLE Programs for the: Appellate Division, First, Second and Third Departments; NYSBA; NYSTLA; Practicing Law Institute; WBASNY; WWBA; WCBA; WPBA; NRBA; Brooklyn Women's Bar Association; Rockland County Women's Bar Association; Pace University Law School CLE Program; St. John's University Law School CLE Program; Fordham Law School CLE Program; CUNY Law School CLE Program; New York Civil and Criminal Trial Attorneys Association;  New York State Association of Disciplinary Attorneys;  and New York County Supreme Court Arbitrators. She has also been a faculty member of the Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and a guest lecturer on professional responsibility and ethics at Brooklyn Law School, Columbia Law School, Cardozo Law School, Pace Law School and John Jay College. Ms. Scalise has also been Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she taught Professional Responsibility.  

Ms. Scalise was a contributing author for a chapter in the Oxford University Press’s The New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Opinions, Commentary, and Case Law, which provides attorneys with the most current case law, opinions, and in-depth commentary governing ethical conduct. Ms. Scalise has also authored several articles related to professional responsibility and ethics issues for among others, the New York State Bar Association's Journal; the WBASNY newsletter; the Westchester County Bar Journal; and the New York State Trial Lawyer's Bill of Particulars. In 2015 Ms. Scalise was honored by the New York City Bar Association's Lawyer's Assistance Program; in 2014 the firm was the recipient of the Westchester Womens Bar Association's Family Friendly Award; 2012 Ms. Scalise received the Marilyn Menge Award from WBASNY and in 2009 Ms. Scalise received the Westchester County Above the Bar Pace Setter Award. She was the subject of a profile in the ABA's Student Lawyer Magazine in its February 2005 issue.  

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New YorkBA 1981John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New YorkMA 1987Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D. 1987
NYSBAWBASNYWhite Plains Bar Association Westchester Women's Bar Association NYCLA

Office Location

670 White Plains Road, Suite 325
Scarsdale, NY 10583
United States


Practice Areas

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

Other Information

Gender: Female