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Debra Pehringer focuses her practice on the resort and recreational property industry, with an emphasis on golf, hotel, condo-hotel, condominium conversion, timeshare and fractional interest development, and represents major developers, lenders, exchange and marketing companies.


  • Acquisition, finance and construction of resort and recreational property in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Asia
  • Creation and implementation of project documentation, including condominium, condominium conversion, timeshare and fractional interest regimes, negotiation of management agreements, and negotiation of exchange company contracts
  • Consumer documentation, including reservation, purchase, finance, security instruments and disclosure statements
  • Registration of condominium, timeshare and fractional interests throughout the U.S.
  • Condominium conversion projects
  • Federal and state telemarketing, direct mail and internet advertising, broker licensing, seller of travel, land sales acts, securities law relating to rental programs and hotel licensing



  • International commercial real estate practice in Thailand.
  • Legal Counsel to the United Nations at the Office of Legal Affairs, New York.
  • Legal Counsel to the U.S. Department of State at the Office of the Legal Adviser, Washington, D.C.
  • Educational specialist at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Arlington, Virginia.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018, 2022
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2013 and 2022
  • Listed, "Rising Stars," Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2008
  • Recipient, 1994 National Civic Contribution Award for establishment of the Literacy, Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) which matched local grammar school students with senior citizen mentors
  • Member, Inter-American Bar Association
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, American Cancer Society
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, L.A. City Animal Shelter
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, March of Dimes
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Volunteer and Fundraiser, Visiting Nurses Association


  • LL.M., cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1997
  • J.D., cum laude, American University Washington College of Law, 1996
  • M.A., summa cum laude, American University, 1996
  • B.A., cum laude, Clark University, 1993
  • California
  • New York
  • Spanish, Fluent