Deborah Maddux is a Shareholder at Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, as well as a certified EEOC investigator, and is trained in conducting Trauma Informed Forensic interviews. She is experienced in conducting Title IX investigations for federally funded education programs or activities, particularly in the University setting. She provides hearing officer services, and is a panel member for National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM).
Prior to creating her law firm, Deborah served as Counsel to the University of California, Davis, where she was routinely called upon for counsel in a wide variety of situations. In this role, she conducted, oversaw and managed many investigations and advised and collaborated with leadership regarding the appropriate follow-up to investigative findings and conclusions. Deborah worked with campus units related to all aspects of employment management and student discipline issues. This included the proper application of and compliance with state and federal laws, grievance and arbitration administration, personnel policy development and interpretation, and complaint resolution processes. She provided direction regarding the proper administration of personnel actions, evaluations, hiring decisions, corrective action, and progressive discipline, up to and including dismissals. She also negotiated and drafted separation agreements. At UC Davis, Deborah served as an active member and collaborated on a variety of campus team projects and standing committees, including the Ethics Advisory Committee, the Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Case Management Team, the Faculty Accommodation and Disability Assessment Team, and the Student Crisis Response Team.
Deborah’s current practice focuses on investigations into claims of misconduct, including claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and of improper governmental activities. She is experienced in testifying regarding completed investigations. Deborah has also been trained in mediation through Pepperdine Law School’s prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Deborah is also an experienced and effective trainer. She has provided training to hundreds of campus investigators regarding how to conduct effective investigations that focus on ensuring a process that is fair and thorough. Deborah provides training on a variety of other issues, including sexual harassment prevention, discrimination prevention, and other legal compliance topics. Her training is consistently rated excellent, and focuses on best practices and practical approaches and solutions. Deborah has written online training courses in the areas of sexual harassment prevention and best employment practices.