Deborah B. Baum

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPDeborah Baum
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Environmental & Natural Resources
    • Environmental Litigation
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
Deborah Baum, leader of Pillsbury's national Litigation practice, has secured an impressive 7-0 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. Her broad practice includes complex corporate, commercial, real estate, fiduciary and health care disputes, and international arbitrations.

Representative Experience

Led trial team defending 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.

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.

Professional Highlights

Recognized in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Litigation.

Selected as BTI Client Service All-Star

Recognized by Super Lawyers for many years.

Honors & Awards

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)


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, 4th and 6th Circuits, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Firm Publications

Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims, Authors: Deborah B. Baum, John Scalia, Julia E. Judish, David Stute, 07/21/15

9th Circuit: Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California's Broughton-Cruz Rule on Claims for Injunctive Relief, Authors: Jennie L. La Prade, Kevin M. Fong, Deborah B. Baum, Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, Nathaniel R. Smith, Brian D. Martin, 03/12/12

U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Support for Arbitration of Statutory Claims, Authors: Jack McKay, Deborah B. Baum, Christine A. Scheuneman, Amy L. Pierce, 02/01/12