Deborah Nirmala Misir is a Guyanese/American attorney and founding partner of Lally & Misir, LLP. She is the daughter of New Amsterdam, Guyana-based attorney Jorawar Misir.
A leading federal litigator and expert on administrative, constitutional and government regulatory law, she has over fifteen years of experience in both government and private practice, including briefing over seventy federal appeals cases up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court, and making seventeen federal appellate oral arguments. She has won several cases with published decisions in the federal courts.
At Lally & Misir, LLP, Deborah specializes in complex civil, commercial and appellate litigation before both the federal and state courts. In addition, she provides advice on regulatory compliance, and public policy issues. Her clients have included local governments, venture capital funds, tech and energy companies, hotels and restaurants. She also represents trade associations, not for profit corporations, and religious corporations.
Before entering private practice, Deborah served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, ethics attorney at the White House Counsel’s Office, and Chief of Staff of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. She also taught appellate advocacy at the George Washington University Law School. Deborah started her career at the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, headquarters of the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and the Civil Division. At the Justice Department she was specially assigned as counsel to the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, the counter-terrorism and intelligence task force created in the immediate wake of 9/11 to prevent future attacks, and as counsel to the U.S. delegation to the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Deborah graduated with a B.A. with honors in political science from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago’s Master’s of Arts Program in the Social Sciences. Her master’s thesis was published as The Murder of Navroze Mody, Race, Violence, and the Search for Order, in CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICA, A MULTIDISCIPLINARY READER (Min Zhou & James V. Gatewood eds., 2000). She earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, Deborah served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Deborah is President of the Indian American Bar Association of Long Island and Queens. She serves on the National Alumni Board of the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), the Board of Advisers of the Irish American Bar Association of New York, and previously served on the National Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Nassau County Bar Association.
Deborah currently resides and practices law in Nassau County, Long Island, New York.