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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: 561-303-2919
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed in Florida Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Securities Litigation (80%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%), Business Litigation (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Debra A. Jenks focuses her practice on matters involving alternative dispute resolution, securities litigation, arbitration, registration, 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 38 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 (“AAA”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).  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 Commissioner until June 2016. She served as the Chairperson of the 4th DCA JNC for 2014-2015.  She was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve a second term as a 4th DCA JNC Commissioner for the 2016-2020 period.  Governor Ron DeSantis appointed her to serve a third term for the 2020-2024 period.  She is currently the Chairperson of the 4th DCA JNC.  Ms. Jenks is also admitted to practice in 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%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Arbitration

Selections

10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

About Debra A. Jenks

First Admitted: 1983, Oregon

Professional Webpage: https://www.jenksharveylaw.com/attorney/jenks-debra-a-esq/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Commissioner, 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), State of Florida, Chairperson
  • Commissioner, 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), State of Florida
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), Arbitrator
  • Commissioner, 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), State of Florida
  • Commissioner, 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), Chairperson
  • Commissioner, 4th District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission ("4th DCA JNC"), State of Florida
  • 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

Educational Background

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

Honors/Awards

  • AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement: What You Need to Know, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2017
  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement in 2019 and Beyond: Hot Buttons to Consider, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, FINRA Arbitrations: A Comprehensive Guide for 2020 and Beyond, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2020
  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, Trends, Developments and Updates in Broker-Dealer Regulation: What to Expect in 2019 and Beyond, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • Speaker on a two person panel nationwide live webinar, Presenter, FINRA Regulatory Trends & Arbitration Procedures, Prolaw CLE, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019
  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, FINRA Current Hot Topics, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018
  • Speaker on a nationwide live webcast, Presenter, FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement: Current Issues in 2018 and Beyond, THE KNOWLEDGE GROUP, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018
  • Speaker on a two person panel for live video webinar, Presenter, FINRA Arbitration Issues & Strategies – Claims in the FINRA Forum, Prolaw CLE, Securities And Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements

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: 561-303-2919

Last Updated: 8/7/2021

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