Debby is the whole package; she works extremely well under pressure with great practice and strategic insights.
The Legal 500 U.S.

Deborah Baum, Pillsbury's Global Head of Litigation, is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has secured an impressive success rate in recent cases tried to conclusion.

Debby has been achieving winning results for more than 30 years, prosecuting and defending a wide range of business cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before arbitration tribunals. She has tried more than 17 civil cases to conclusion before judges, juries and arbitration tribunals, and countless evidentiary hearings on TROs, preliminary injunctions and other matters.

Debby’s broad practice includes product liability, complex commercial, real estate, corporate, fiduciary and health care disputes, and international arbitrations.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of half a billion dollars in tribal claims in closely-watched natural resource damages case for client in ED Wash.
  • Obtained complete defense victory for home oxygen provider in $120 million claim arising out of Medicare Advantage members’ use of oxygen equipment.
  • Led trial team in a complete defense victory for a trust company in a highly publicized lawsuit brought by members of a prominent family who sought millions of dollars in damages and to remove the trustee.

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  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar judgment on behalf of an investment fund in a matter arising out of the sale of a major commercial office center. 
  • Prevailed in the defense of an international manufacturer of paper production machinery in litigation seeking to enjoin the sale of a paper plant.
  • Defended celebrity chef in suit by Trump Group in connection with chef’s termination of lease in Trump International Hotel following (former President) Donald Trump’s comments regarding immigrants in 2016 primaries.

Professional Highlights

  • Recognized by Lawdragon as one of 500 Leading Litigators in America (2023)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers (published by BL Rankings LLC), Litigation – Land Use and Zoning (2018 – 2024), Litigation—Real Estate (2020 – 2024).
  • Recognized in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Litigation.

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  • Honors & Awards
    • Selected as BTI Client Service All-Star.
    • Recognized as a 2023 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation: Land Use and Zoning, and Litigation: Real Estate by Best Lawyers in America (published by BL Rankings LLC).
    • Super Lawyers (2013 – present)
    • Top DC Lawyers Awards, Top Real Estate Litigator, Washington Business Journal (2007)
    • Top Washington Lawyers, Top Commercial Litigators, Washington Business Journal (2004)
    • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Washington Post (2013 – 2017)
  • Associations
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Advisory Board, Women In Law Empowerment Forum
    • President, Legal Aid Society of DC, Board of Trustees, 2010 – 2012
    • Board of Governors, District of Columbia Bar Association, 2005 – 2006
    • Chair, DC Board on Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee, 2002 – 2005
    • Advisory Board, College of William & Mary, Jefferson Program in Public Policy, 2008 – 2012
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1983

    B.A., The College of William and Mary, 1980
    Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia



  • U.S. Supreme Court

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland