Deborah E. Frimmel

Direct: (407) 317-2126
Offices: Orlando
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Direct: (407) 317-2126
Offices: Orlando


Deborah E. Frimmel, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a senior associate in the Orlando office and is head of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice. Ms. Frimmel has spent the last 15 years dedicating her practice to the representation of local, regional and Fortune 500 corporations in labor and employment litigation at the federal and state court level, as well as before the EEOC, state and local administrative agencies.
Before joining Wicker Smith in 2010, she managed her own practice for three years, representing clients exclusively in employment litigation related matters. She also served as of counsel for six years with a national employment defense firm with 750 attorneys in 25 offices. There, she represented mostly Fortune 500 corporations in all aspects of employment and labor law including advice and counsel regarding ongoing employment disputes, employment agreements, separation agreements, restrictive covenants, reduction in force and problem resolution. Throughout her career, she also gained extensive experience in counseling and training human resources and management on topics involving Title VII, PDA, EPA, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FRCA and FLSA compliance, investigating and responding to charges of discrimination, and advising senior management and in-house counsel regarding employers’ federal and state statutory legal obligations in the employment context.
In addition to her firm experience, Ms. Frimmel has been a featured speaker at management seminars and workshops regarding almost every facet of employment law and litigation for Lorman Educational Services, The Defense Research Institute, The Counsel on Education in Management, Workforce Central Florida University, the University of Phoenix and the American Association of Corporate Counsel.
Ms. Frimmel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, cum laude, from Villanova University in 1990 and received her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center in 1996. While attending law school, she was an active member of the Moot Court Team and served as a law clerk to the General Counsel and Labor and Employment Counsel for an international developer and manufacturer of complex biomedical testing products.


  • Nova Southeastern University
    (J.D., with honors, 1996)
  • Villanova University
    (B.S., cum laude, 1990)


  • 1996, Florida
  • 1997, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 1998, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 2003, U.S. Virgin Islands

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar – Labor & Employment Section
  • American Bar Association – Labor & Employment Section
  • Orange County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Section
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Association of Employment Lawyers
  • Florida Chapter of National Association of Employment Lawyers


  • Recipient of Charlotte Newcombe Scholarship for Academic Achievement
  • Villanova’s Dean’s List
  • Villanova’s President’s List
  • Gamma Phi National Honor Society, Member
  • Moot Court Competitor, 1994-1995
  • Recipient of Law School Scholarship for Academic Performance
  • Law School – Class Rank – Top 10%