Deborah L. Greene

Deborah L. Greene (Jacksonville, Florida)

Deborah L. Greene

Attorney in Jacksonville, FL

Deborah was born in 1963, in DeLand, Florida. Deborah has also lived in Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Virginia; Alabama; and Tallahassee, Florida. Deborah’s family has lived in Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida area since before the civil war. Deborah is married to her law partner, Steven P. Combs and they have two children: a 9 year old daughter, and an 18 year old son.

Deborah graduated from Wolfson High School in Jacksonville in 1981, after which she attended her first year of college at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she was a Montgomery Scholar and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Society. After graduating with a degree in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1985, Deborah worked in advertising and as a graphic artist until she began attending law school in 1988. In 1991, Deborah received her Juris Doctor, with high honors, from the Florida State University College of Law (graduating in the top 10% of her class).

While obtaining her education (from high school all the way through law school), Deborah always worked, including waiting tables at the famous Beach Road Chicken Dinners in Jacksonville, Florida, teaching piano lessons, working as a secretary, and playing the piano in the piano bar at the Tallahassee Hilton Hotel.

Deborah grew up as a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) when it was still downtown and she participated (as a youth board member) in the historic debate and vote which ultimately led to its relocation to Mandarin, where it is still located. Deborah was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lived between attending college and law school. Deborah was also a member of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where she served on the Board and Diaconate and as an adult Sunday School teacher. Deborah and Steve were on the Board of Central Christian Church when it merged with Eastside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (a predominantly African American congregation), and when its name was changed to Springfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Deborah has also been a youth sponsor, youth Sunday School teacher, church camp counselor, and the pianist for Sunday services. Deborah and her husband, Steve, are currently members and serve as Deacons at Riverside Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Jacksonville, Florida.

Deborah still enjoys playing composing music (both the melodies and lyrics), and she also enjoys interior decorating. She has not only decorated her own home, but she also helps her friends decorate their homes, as well. Deborah and her husband, and law partner, Steven, also enjoy reading books together, attending movies together, the piano and traveling (both at home and abroad).


The Florida Bar Association


Jacksonville Bar Association


United States District Court

Middle District of Florida


United States District Court

Bankruptcy Court


United States District Court

District of Arizona & Central District, California

Previous Member

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal

Previous Member

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Previous Member

Florida Family Law Inn of Courts

Master of the Inn

Jacksonville Women’s Lawyer’s Association

President 2005 to 2006

The Florida Bar Local Grievance Committee “C”

Chair 2008

Vice Chair 2007

The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee

Member Starting 2009

Jacksonville Bar Association

Current Member

Previously Served on Professionalism Committee

Book Award Law & Groups


Book Award Civil Rights Survey


Phi Alpha Delta

Florida State University

Vice-Justice 1990 to 1991

The Women’s Law Symposium

Florida State University

President 1990 to 1991

Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg, Virginia

Inducted 1981

National Honor Society

Wolfson High School

Jacksonville, Florida

Inducted 1979

The Society of Distinguished

American High School Students

Jacksonville, Florida




Annual Judicial Panel

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association



Judicial Candidate Forum

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association



Mandarin Newcomers Club

Jacksonville, Florida



Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association Women Lawyer of the Year Award to Judge Eleni Derke


Presentations on behalf of Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association to Judges at Investitures

Judge Dan Wilensky 2007

Judge Kevin Blazs 2006

Judge Mallory D. Cooper 2005

Judge Angela Cox 2005

Member of Panel for Panel Discussion

The Women’s Law Students Association

Florida Coastal School of Law

Jacksonville, Florida

2004, 2005 and 2006


Rotary International Baker County, Florida Chapter


Program Participate

The Florida Family Law Inn of Court

Jacksonville, Florida

2003, 2004


Practicing With Professionalism Seminars

Jacksonville, Florida

1999, 2000


(Listed in Date Order)

Myers v. Sullivan*

916 F.2d 659 (11th Cir. 1990)

(Cited by the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeal)

Adoption of Baby James Doe

572 So.2d 986 (Fla. 1st DCA 1990)

Cited by Numerous Florida Courts, By 711 N.E.2d 42, and By 61 A.L.R.5th 151, 163

Perfetto v. Perfetto*

592 So.2d 1092 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991)

Clark v. State*

613 So.2d 14 (Fla. 1st DCA 1993)

Hamlin v. East Coast Properties, Inc.*

616 So.2d 1175 (Fla. 1st DCA 1993)

Cited by Other Florida Courts

Blue Grass Shows, Inc. v. Randy*

624 So.2d 264 (Fla. 1993)

In re Olympia Holding Corp. a/k/a P.I.E.*

176 B.R. 962 (B.R. Middle District Fla. 1994)

Cited by Several Federal Courts

Peters v. Ocean way Properties, Inc.

694 So.2d 743 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997)

General Commercial Packaging, Inc. v. TPS Package Engineering, Inc.126 F.3d 1131 (9th Cir. 1997)

Cited by Several Other Courts

Solo v. Crown Life Insurance Company

720 So.2d 522 (Fla. 1st DCA 1998)

Chemical Residential Mortgage Corp. v. Rector

742 So.2d 300 (Fla. 1st DCA 1998), review denied, 727 So.2d 910 (Fla. 1999)

Cited by numerous Florida Courts

Smith v. State

737 So.2d 1083 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)

Peacock v. Peacock

741 So.2d 502 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)

Pough v. State

743 So.2d 1081 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)

Jones v. Peacock

768 So.2d 1074 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000)

Hill v. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

774 So.2d 695 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000

Valliere v. Valliere

848 So.2d 314 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003)

ZC Insurance Co. v. Brooks

847 So.2d 547 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)

Cited by Florida & Federal Courts

Strickland v. Oberfoell

890 So.2d 290 (Fla. 1st DCA 2004)

Dice v. Dice

959 So.2d 720 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)

Lahodik v. Lahodik

969 So.2d 533 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)

Leonard v. Leonard

971 So.2d 263 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008)

Wannamaker v. Wannamaker

986 So.2d 607 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)

Glass v. Regions Bank

4 So.3d 1224 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)

J.V. v. M.H.

35 Fla. L. Weekly D 824 (Fla 1st DCA April 13, 2010)

* Indicates Deborah Greene Prepared 50% or More of Briefs as Associate or Law Clerk
but Her Name Is Not Listed as Attorney in Case

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Peer Rating 4.9 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Family Law
  • Alimony
  • Spousal Support
  • Prenuptial Agreement
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Business Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Credit Union Law
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Bodily Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Peer Rating

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Overall Peer Rating

in Family Law and Commercial Law
4.9 out of 5.0
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1992, Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
1993, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
1994, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
Credit Cards Accepted
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Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
Florida State University College of Law
Class of 1991
with high honors
University Attended
Florida State University
Class of 1985
B.S., Studio Art
Birth Information
Born in 1963
DeLand, Florida, 1963
Associations & Memberships
Jacksonville Bar Association (formerly served on Professionalism Committee); The Florida Bar (Member The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee; Chair, Local Grievance Committee, 2007-2008; Vice-Chair of Local Grievance Committee, 2006-2007; Member, Family Law Committee; formerly served on Bar Journal Committee); The Florida Family Law Inn of Court (Master; Former Member, Executive Board); Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association (President, 2005-2006); Florida Women Lawyers Association.
Representative Cases
(With Opinions): Adoption of Baby James Doe, 572 So.2d 986, Fla. 1st DCA 1990; General Commercial Packaging, Inc. v. TPS Package Engineering, Inc., 126 F.3d 1131, 9th Cir. 1997; Chemical Residential Mortgage Corp. v. Rector, 742 So.2d 300, Fla. 1st DCA 1998; ZC Insurance Co. v. Brooks, 847 So.2d 547, Fla. 4th DCA 2003; Lahodik v. Lahodik, 969 So.2d 533 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007); Leonard v. Leonard, 971 So.2d 263 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008); Wannamaker v. Wannamaker 986 So. 2d 607 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008); Gruposso v. Gruposso, 992 So. 2d 255 (Fla. 1st DCA 2008); Glass v. Regions Bank, 4 So. 3d 1224 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009); J.F. v. M.H., 35 Fla. L. Weekly D 824 (Fla. 1st DCA April 13, 2010); Thompson v. Cunningham, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D 1100 (Fla. 1st DCA May 20, 2011).

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Firm Address
Combs Greene
3217 Atlantic Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Deborah L. Greene
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3217 Atlantic Boulevard,
Jacksonville, FL 32207

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