Deborah A. Scalise

Deborah A. Scalise

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Scarsdale, NY

Scalise & Hamilton LLP
 | 670 White Plains Road, Suite 325
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: 914-725-2801
Fax: 914-931-2112
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1988
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (90%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Deborah is a founding partner of Scalise & Hamilton LLP in Scarsdale, New York. She focuses her practice on the representation of judges, lawyers and law firms in professional responsibility and ethics matters  before the Character and Fitness, Disciplinary and Grievance Committees, and the Judicial Conduct Commission.  The firm provides proactive advice via advisory letters; reviews website and escrow accounts ensuring compliance with ethical obligations, and assists law students with admission to the bar.  Ms. Scalise was appointed to the New York State CLE Board in 2016 and is active in several bar associations. She has been recognized by the  NYLJ as one of the Top 100 Largest Women Owned Law Firms and a Top 25 Attorneys in Westchester Magazine. Before entering private practice, Deborah held the position of Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Public Advocacy for the Westchester Region.  Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. In addition, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County.  Deborah received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and also earned Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of the City University of New York. 

About Deborah Scalise

Admitted: 1988, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • The WWBA  annual "Family Friendly Employment Policy Award" is given to a firm or company in recogniton for providing a “family friendly” policy or opportunity to its employees, WWBA Family Friendly Award, Westchester Womens Bar Association, 2014
  • WBASNY Marilyn Menge award is given annually to an outstanding member of WBASNY who has made valuable and significant contributions to a chapter or the statewide organization. The award is named in honor of a member whose work, wherever she was needed in WBASNY, ensured its early success and who was a founding member of the Capital District Chapter , WBASNY Marilyn Menge Award, Women's Bar of the State of New York, 2012
  • Above the Bar Pace Setter Award for overall excellence in professional and community work, prominence in the Westchester legal profession, fierce determination and success at being the best at what she does and recognized and admired by peers and community, Above the Bar Pace Setter Award, Above the Bar Awards Committee, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ms. Scalise coached Pace Law School’s Team in the National Ethics Trial Competition Team at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. , 2016
  • New York State Office of Court Administration CLE Board (2016-Present) Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Inc. (2015-present; Board Member 2016-Present) White Plains Bar Association (WPBA): Past President (2011-2012); Past Treasurer; Co-Chair WWBA and WPBA Community Outreach (2000-Present) New York State Bar Association (NYSBA): Chair Continuing Legal Education Committee (2012-2017); Member, Attorney Professionalism Committee (2005-Present); Member, Legal Education Committee (2005-2006) Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY): Member, Board of Directors; Co-Chair WBASNY Professional Ethics Committee (2000-Present); Past Vice President (2003-2005, 2 terms) Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA): Member, Board of Directors; Past President (2009-2010); Past Vice President (2006-2007, 2008- 2009); Treasurer (2002-2003); Co-Chair WWBA Grievance/Ethics Committee (1994-Present) New Rochelle Bar Association (NRBA): Serves as Small Claims Court Arbitrator in New Rochelle City Court Westchester County Bar (WCBA): Past Co-Chair, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA): Member, Board Member of NYLCA Ethics Institute American Bar Association (ABA): Served on Public Sector Lawyer’s Division Ethics and CLE Committee Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers Association: Member Eastchester Bar Association: Member Federal Bar Council: Member New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA): Member Westchester Columbian Lawyers Association: Member
  • Member, NYS OCA MCLE Board, 2016 to present; President 2011- 2012 White Plains Bar Association; Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee 2011-2016 and Member of Attorney Professionalism Committee - New York State Bar Association;  Past President 2009-2010 and Co-chair Professional Ethics Committee - Westchester Women's Bar Association; Co-chair Professional Ethics Committee- Women's Bar Association of the State of New York; Board of Directors of the Ethics Institute - New York County Lawyer's Association; Member - New York State Trial Lawyer's Association;  Member of Professional Ethics Committee - Westchester County Bar Association; Member - American Bar Association,  Member - Association of Professional Responsibilty Lawyers;  Member - Brooklyn Columbian Lawyers Association; Member - Eastchester Bar Association, Member - New Rochelle Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Legal Advisor/Coach Rye Neck High School, Westchester County/New York State Mock Trial Competition (2017and 2018)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-author with the Hon Betty Weinberg Ellerin and Gina Bucciero, “Changes to State CLE Requirements Now Include Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias”, New York Law Journal March 23, 2018 Contributing author, “The Dementia Crisis” written by Robert Abrams, Esq., Editor, New York State Bar Journal, January 2017 Author, “Changes To NYS CLE Requirements Allow Newly Admitted Attorneys To Tailor CLE To Meet Their Needs” New York State Bar News November/December 2015 Contributing author, “Ethically Dealing with Clients, Witnesses and Attorneys with Diminished Capacity” which were annexed to the 2015 New York State OCA State Commission on Professional Discipline’s Report that issued recommendations as to the unification of the New York State disciplinary process. Contributing author, Oxford University Press, New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Opinions, Commentary and Case Law (2010) (NYCLA Ethics Institute) Author, “In Need of Job Security”, Attorney Professionalism Forum, New York State Bar Journal, January 2010 Co-author with Christine Cho, “File Maintenance and Record Retention Doesn’t Have To Be A Nightmare” Westchester County Bar Journal, Spring/Summer 2008, Volume 35 No. 1. Author, “Perplexed By Perjury”, Attorney Professionalism Forum, New York State Bar Journal, October 2006 Dealing Ethically with Untruthful Clients and Witnesses, Deborah A. Scalise, Esq.,NYSTLA Bill of Particulars, Spring 2004
  • Contributing author for a chapter in the recently published Oxford University Press’s The New York Rules of Professional Conduct: Opinions, Commentary, and Case Law. January 2010 Attorney Professionalism Forum,  New York State Bar Association Journal Magazine;February 2009 Recent Developments in Ethics and Professionalism, Westchester Women's Bar Newsletter; October 2006 Attorney Professionalism Forum, New York State Bar Association Journal Magazine; February 2005 Profile Interview, American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer Magazine; June/July 2004 Dealing with an Ethical Dilemma, Women's Bar News of the State of New York; Spring 2004 Dealing Ethically with Untruthful Clients and Witnesses, Bill of Particulars,  New York State Trial Lawyers Institute; November 2002 Multidisciplinary Practice Revisited, Women's Bar News of the State of New York; November 2001, February 2002 & April 2002  Ethics Update 2002 (Three Part Series), Women's Bar News of the State of New York February 2001; New Entity to be Established to Deal with Lawyer Addiction Problems, Women's Bar News of the State of New York

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Honored along with her partner, Sarah Jo Hamilton by NYCBA Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) for their continued support and contributions, 2015
  • Scalise & Hamilton LLP:  WWBA Family Friendly Award, 2014
  • WBASNY Marilyn Menge Award, 2012
  • Westchester County Above the Bar Pacesetter Award, 2009

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts  in Forensic Psychology, CUNY -  John Jay Graduate School , 1987
  • Juris Doctorate, Brooklyn Law School, 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology, Cum Laude, CUNY - John Jay College , 1981
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Office Location for Deborah A. Scalise

670 White Plains Road
Suite 325
Scarsdale, NY 10583

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