DEBORAH  E.  YIM

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Specializing in Employment, Civil Rights & Consumer Law 

Deborah has over 18 years of experience in civil litigation.  She has previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney, a federal government agency counsel, and a corporate litigator.  In that capacity, she has litigated hundreds of matters and tried multiple cases to verdict before state and federal courts, as well as administrative tribunals throughout the United States.   

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California for over nine years, Deborah represented the United States and its employees (from law enforcement officers and agents to medical providers and managers) in civil cases implicating employment, tort, immigration and constitutional law.  

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She also took on administrative appeals and affirmative civil cases involving disability access and accommodation.  Deborah also led complex investigations and litigated False Claims Act (FCA) cases, including qui tam complaints, the majority of which involved claims of health care, defense contractor, and postal fraud.  As lead counsel on these FCA cases, she negotiated settlements recovering millions of dollars on behalf of the United States.  In recognition of her work, Deborah was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office.  
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Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Deborah was in private practice at Reed Smith, LLP, where she litigated numerous individual cases and class actions calling into play wide-ranging, and often novel, issues involving truth in lending, consumer finance, fair credit reporting and fair debt collection. 
After moving to Denver in 2017, Deborah joined the U.S. Department of the Interior as an attorney-advisor.  In that capacity, she litigated before multiple employment tribunals including the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Special Counsel.  She has provided legal advice and training to the Interior’s bureaus and served as counsel to the Bureau of Land Management’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security, which oversees the bureau’s law enforcement officers, and the Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates serious administrative and criminal misconduct.
As an immigrant and first generation college graduate, Deborah is grateful for all the opportunities she has been afforded as a result of the compassion and generosity of mentors and the support of her community; and she is deeply committed to giving back.  In addition to founding a free children's literacy program called Kids Reading to Succeed in Los Angeles, she has served as the chair of community outreach and president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles.  She currently sits on the board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado as secretary and community outreach co-chair and on the board of the Colorado Women's Bar Association as legal services co-chair.  Deborah also sits on the board of the Asian Real Estate Association of Greater Denver as legal counsel and is a graduate of the Legal Entrepreneurs for Justice program, a legal incubator for law practitioners striving to build socially conscious law practices addressing the needs of the underserved in Colorado.
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1998, B.A., Mass Communications, with highest honors
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 2001, J.D.
    • Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Research & Writing
    • Editor-in-Chief of Asian Pacific American Law Journal
    • Chair of Asian Pacific Islanders Law Student Association
    • Assisted in drafting revisions to Restatement on Torts
Awards & Recognition
  • 100 Asians to Know in Denver, Asian Avenue Magazine, 2021
  • Finalist, Inclusiveness at Work Award (Individuals category), Center for Legal Inclusiveness, 2021
  • Outstanding Service Award from United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California, 2017
  • Community Service Award from Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles, 2018
  • Pasadena Weekly Citizen of the Year 2014
  • PBS SoCal Community Champion, 2013
  • Certificate of Commendation for Community Service from Los Angeles City Attorney, 2008
  • Certificate of Commendation for Community Service from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, 2006
  • Certificate of Recognition from California State Assemblymember Carol Liu, 2006
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado

Languages
  • Mandarin Chinese