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Deborah S. Stern

Raleigh | 919.835.4053
Fax | 919.834.4564

Deb Stern represents health care clients in a wide range of administrative proceedings, regulatory needs, and litigation. Her practice includes Certificate of Need (CON) counsel, Medicaid and Medicare regulations and audits, and representation of medical providers before professional licensure boards, such as the North Carolina Medical Board and North Carolina Board of Nursing. She also advises on health care facility licensure, surveys, and certification issues, represents hospitals in involuntary commitment hearings, and advises on HIPAA and other privacy laws.

Deb particularly enjoys guiding clients on health care compliance issues and risk mitigation. As an experienced litigator with extensive experience representing health care entities and providers in court, Deb uses her knowledge of litigation risks and strategies to advise clients on minimizing litigation exposure.

Outside of work, Deb serves as an adjunct professor of law in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Health Care Compliance Certificate Program, from which she also graduated.

Early in her legal career, Deb honed her advocacy skills litigating on behalf of indigent clients as an attorney at nonprofit legal services organizations in New York. She maintains an active pro bono practice at Parker Poe.

In law school, Deb served as executive editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review.

Deb is Swiss-American. She speaks German and Spanish.

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2022


  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2023-present; Education Committee Member; Governance & Planning Committee Member