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Deborah K. Ross

Deborah K. Ross

Of Counsel

T (919) 755-8835
F (919) 838-3166

Deborah Ross focuses her practice on meeting the economic development, energy, utilities, and infrastructure needs of businesses and government. She advises businesses and governmental units about the legal, regulatory and public policy landscape and works to achieve positive results. Deborah represents clients before government agencies and permitting officials, as well as in appeals to state and federal courts. 

Deborah brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors, from her work as General Counsel to the Research Triangle's regional transit authority, a decade in private practice focusing on infrastructure, energy and utilities, leadership of a statewide non-profit organization, and her longstanding service to the state of North Carolina as an elected representative. She also taught for more than a decade as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law and worked as an ethics consultant for the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Deborah's commitment to the community runs deep. She has served on the board of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research and is an advisory member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Deborah has received numerous awards for her community service. In 2014, she was recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association as a Citizen Lawyer.

Deborah is a regular contributor for the Elements for Growth Blog,, which provides news, information, and resources about infrastructure and economic development in the Southeast.

  • Triangle Business Journal's "Women in Business" Award (2018)
  • Fellow, University of North Carolina Institute of Politics (Fall 2017)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2014)
  • Defender of the Environment, NC League of Conservation Voters (2013)
  • Defender of Justice, NC Justice Center (2012)
  • Legislator of the Year – Southeast Association of Telecommunications Officers  & Advisors (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration, Peace College, Raleigh, NC (2011)
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, North Carolina Advisory Member (2014 – present)
  • Raleigh Arts Plan Steering Committee, Member (2014 -2016)
  • North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, Board Member (2015 – 2016)
  • Women’s Forum of North Carolina, Member
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Brown University, B.A., International Relations, 1985
  • North Carolina
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section (Chair, 1998-99)

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