Debra E. LeVorse


Debra LeVorse has devoted her career to representing clients in the healthcare industry. She has defended large hospital systems and publicly traded companies to medical practices and professionals from virtually every field, including surgeons, dentists, chiropractors, physicians, nurses, and nursing assistants. Her vast experience spans advising CEOs and general counsels on risk management to avoid lawsuits and litigation strategy to defending complex issues before state and federal courts, arbitration panels, and administrative proceedings. She has argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Debra represents the nation’s largest facilities and providers in the long-term care, home health, hospice, and assisting living sectors. She is well-versed in intricate federal and state regulations governing the operations of these healthcare entities. She has successfully defended clients against a myriad of serious allegations, such as fraud and medical malpractice. Not only has Debra handled the fairly typical malpractice cases (falls, wounds, medication errors, elopements), she also has assisted clients with sexual abuse allegations, drug diversion issues, and social media concerns.

From the onset of litigation, Debra provides her clients a vigorous defense to protect their reputations and minimize exposure. Her proactive approach aims to control the direction of a case and create leverage for cost-effective resolutions. She prepares witnesses to navigate even the most unexpected circumstances, using her extensive experience gained from representing healthcare professionals in thousands of depositions. Debra’s knowledge and insights into potential strategies of plaintiffs have led to hundreds of dismissals or favorable outcomes for her clients.



  • University of Georgia School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Editor, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Furman University  (B.A., summa cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Health Care Association
  • Georgia Senior Living Association, f/k/a Assisted Living Federation of America
  • Women Lawyers Alliance
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2022-2024)
    • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants


Debra has tried cases involving various issues, including several chiropractic malpractice cases, a case representing a physician in a supposed failure to diagnose an aneurysm and a dentist in a malpractice action. A sample of her recent trials at Hawkins Parnell include:

  • Alexander v. Tapestry Hospice, State Court of Cobb County, Georgia
  • Mildred Cantrell v. VistaCare U.S.A., Inc. d/b/a VistaCare Hospice, Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia
  • First Bancorp Mortgage Corp. v. Fagan, Superior Court of Cobb County
  • City of Senoia v. Coweta County, Superior Court of Coweta County


  • “Preventing Litigation in Long-Term Care Facilities,” Atlanta, Georgia (2016)
  • Georgia Medical Directors Association, Summer Symposium, Savannah, Georgia (2006)
  • “Avoiding the Lawsuit,” Assisted Living Federation of America, Atlanta (2006)