Debra Frankel came to legal recruiting from an eclectic background. She had a piano and flute performance fellowship at Cal Arts at age 17, and was a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of USC in English, where she was the Edward Moses Writing Fellow. After teaching Freshman Composition and Literature and doing graduate work in Medieval Studies there, she worked in advertising as a copywriter.
Debra went on to earn an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University, with fellowships from the School of the Arts and Warner Bros. After Columbia, she won a screenwriting fellowship from the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation. She developed her first screenplay for acclaimed director Norman Jewison, and it was ultimately purchased and produced by Disney and ABC. She developed a number of other film and television projects, including a collaboration with internationally renowned novelist and screenwriter Manuel Puig.
Debra has been a successful ghostwriter, grant writer, editor, and proofreader, and has researched and developed SAT and GRE practice test questions in ethics and English. She has taught ESL, tutored students at all levels in a variety of subjects, and has taught piano and flute privately. In addition, she has performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and NYC clubs, co-managed and written songs for Soul Rising, a local band, and is still writing songs. She published her first poem in the Tacoma Tribune at age 7 and has written a novel and several short stories.
As a legal search consultant, Debra has a strong record of placing associates with major law firms throughout California. She is excited to join the talented and impressive team at SeltzerFontaine.
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