Debra A. Jenks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

Jenks & Harvey LLP
 | 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., 16th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 855-718-5029
Fax: 561-419-9828
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (80%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Debra A. Jenks focuses her practice on matters involving alternative dispute resolution, securities litigation, arbitration and regulation.

    In 1980, Ms. Jenks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New College in Sarasota, Florida.   She then attended Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, from which she received a Juris Doctor in 1983.

    With more than 35 years of experience, Ms. Jenks has built a track record of successfully representing clients in complex financial matters. Her understanding of securities laws and regulations helps her advocate for her clients who range from securities dealers, brokers, financial advisors, financial institutions, and investors.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Jenks has handled claims where she consistently obtains favorable outcomes for clients in arbitral forums, as well as in state and federal courts. For her achievements, Ms. Jenks has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she holds an Avvo "Excellent" rating.

    Active in the legal community, Ms. Jenks is a member of The Florida Bar and serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), where she served as a Comissioner until June 2016. She served as the Chairperson of the 4th DCA JNC for 2014-2015.  She was reappointed to serve a second term as a 4th DCA JNC Commisioner for the 2016-2020 term.  Ms. Jenks is also admitted to practice the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

    * AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Securities Litigation
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas



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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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    About Debra Jenks

    Admitted: 1985, Florida

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Arbitrator
    • Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Member
    • Oregon Bar, 1983 (inactive status since January 2001)
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
    • Securities Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar, Chairperson, 2012-2013
    • Washington, 1986 (inactive status since January 2001)
    • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
    • North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar, Past President
    • Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, Vice Chairperson
    • Florida, 1985
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)


    • See FINRA Awards Online

    Representative Clients:

    • Shearson Lehman Brothers
    • E.F. Hutton
    • Robinson-Humphrey
    • BBVA Securities of Puerto Rico
    • Prudential Securities
    • A. G. Edwards
    • PaineWebber

    Educational Background:

    • New College is Sarasota, Florida, B.A. in Economics, 1980

    Industry Groups

    • Securities
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    Office Location for Debra A. Jenks

    1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
    16th Floor
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    Phone: 855-718-5029

    Fax: 561-419-9828

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    Last Updated: 3/16/2020

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