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About Deb Butler.....


Deb received her BA from the University of Tennessee and then her J.D. from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.  She began her practice as a young lawyer in New York City where she travelled all five boroughs and represented a wide array of clients.  Deb said about those days,

"New York City is a tough training ground, especially with a southern accent like mine!  But, it gave me experience like no other and it has served me well ever since."

Coming back home to N.C. in 1992, and settling in Wilmington's downtown, Deb began her legal career representing clients in a storefront at the foot Market Street.  

"I never knew who might walk in that front door.  It could be a person with a Department of Social Services issue, a budding entrepreneur with a new idea for a business venture, or someone with a Landlord problem.  It was never dull, I can tell you that."

Deb also did a lot of renovation to downtown properties restoring them to their former glory. 

"There is something rewarding about getting your hands dirty and working hard to turn a derelict property into an attractive and productive property once more.  To make it a nice home for someone while bringing up the neighborhood and improving your community.  I have always enjoyed that whole "sweat equity" approach to life."


Deb has served on many boards and commissions including the Board of Directors of the New Hanover Commission for Women, The Historic Wilmington Commission, The Cape Fear Green Building Alliance, The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, and Equality NC.


Deb is married to her spouse, Anni and they live in an historic home in downtown Wilmington. They enjoy walking on the riverfront, dining with friends, boating on their 30 year old skiff, and walking on the beach with their pups, Molly and Paytie.

Deb currently serves as the NC State Representative for House District 18.

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