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Deborah Knefel

Deborah Knefel

Of Counsel

Ms. Knefel most recently served as a Deputy City Attorney in Anaheim, California advising, representing and litigating on behalf of the human resources, building and planning, public works, traffic engineering, utilities, police, fire, community services, parks and recreation departments, as well as the convention center, stadium and other city entertainment venues. Her work at the city involved many high profile trials and the successful defense of the city and its employees, mitigating or eliminating their exposure to millions of dollars in liability.

Ms. Knefel has also represented individuals and small businesses in harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and discrimination cases, contract and real estate transactions and other general civil litigation.

Reported cases:

  • ACLU v. Superior Court, 236 Cal.App.4th 673 (2015)
  • Drummond v. City of Anaheim, 343 F.3d 1052 (9th Cir. 2003)
  • Walter E. Heller Western, Inc. v. Bloxham, 176 Cal. App. 3d 266 (1985)


  • Western State University College of Law


  • California Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Municipal & Administrative Law
  • Employment
  • Wage & Hour
  • Business Litigation

Professional Affiliations

  • ABOTA-member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Individually AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Orange County Bar Assoc