Deborah E. Sperati 
Partner
Education

University of North Carolina, JD, 1999

University of North Carolina, BA, 1996, cum laude

Professional and Community Activities

Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties

Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Harrison Family YMCA, 2007 – present

Chairman of We Build People Campaign, Harrison Family YMCA, 2008

Board of Directors, Rocky Mount Area Community Fund, Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund

Chairman, Tar River Wine Festival

Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, 2005 – 2008 

Past President, Young Professionals Network of Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Founding Member, Woman Givers of Nash-Rocky Mount, 2008 – present

Executive Committee, PAWS for a Cause Fundraiser for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, 2008

Board of Directors, Tar River Civic Club and Tar River Charitable Foundation

Women's Network of Eastern North Carolina

Team Captain, Relay for Life, 2002 – present 

North Carolina Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division, Past Judicial District Representative For District 7; Bankruptcy and Litigation Sections

Notable Accomplishments
Jurisdictions Licensed
130 S. Franklin St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804t: 252.972.7095||
PO Box 353, Rocky Mount, NC 27802-0353f: 252.972.7045|
Deborah practices in the areas of Creditors' Rights, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Bankruptcy. She frequently represents creditors in workouts, foreclosures, collections, bankruptcies, and lender liability matters. Her practice also includes representation of businesses and individual clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters before State and Federal Courts, including contract disputes, fiduciary duty claims, property disputes, and fraud claims. Deborah also leads the Brewery, Winery and Distillery Practice Group, representing businesses in obtaining proper licensing and permitting by federal, state and local authorities.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of banks and other lending institutions in defending lender liability claims, managing workouts, and pursuing collection, foreclosure, and claim and delivery actions
  • Representation of secured and unsecured creditors in both commercial and consumer bankruptcy cases
  • Civil and commercial litigation involving contract disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, real property disputes and trade secrets claims
  • Brewery and Winery Licensing and Certification by federal, state and local authorities
  • Representation of municipalities, the local housing authority, self-insured churches and assisted living facilities in state and federal court

Prior Legal Experience

Prior to joining Poyner Spruill, Deborah served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable John B. Lewis, North Carolina Court of Appeals in1999.
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