DEBORAH S. GRIFFIN is an attorney in the Boston office of Holland & Knight LLP. She received her A.B. degree, cum laude, in 1971 from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. degree in 1974 from Boston University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of construction, surety bond law, bankruptcy, and commercial, banking and insurance litigation. Deborah has written and taught both locally and nationally on construction, bankruptcy, surety and litigation issues. She served on the Governing Committee of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry, chairing the Forum for one year. She has been a Vice-Chair of the ABA's Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, served as liaison between the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), and as a Director of Boston Chapter 15 of NAWIC. In 2009 she was awarded the Cornerstone Award, the most prestigious award given by the ABA Forum. She is a member of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the American Bankruptcy Institute (past member), the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section and served on the Board of Directors of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. She was elected a charter member of the American College of Construction Lawyers and rejoined the college after a ten-year hiatus. Deborah is married with two daughters and lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.