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Deborah Jagai, J.D.


Deborah Jagai has more than a decade of professional expertise as an attorney. Before joining El Centro College as a full-time faculty member, she served in private practice as a patent attorney. She also served as technology counsel for Dallas County, representing the county in civil transactions and litigation, including all technology and technical matters such as technology agreements, software licensing and maintenance, data and information security, and telecommunications. 

A licensed patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, a Master of Science degree in medical microbiology from Long Island University in New York City and a Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston.

A former prosecutor, Ms. Jagai has prosecuted more than 500 cases to verdict as lead counsel, with a conviction rate above 90 percent. Her courtroom experience and technical expertise give her special insight into the litigation process and enable her to counsel and assist clients with complex issues of law and technology. Ms. Jagai also has extensive transactional and business expertise and has served as senior counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she practiced corporate and business law.  

Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Jagai served as a chemist at Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc. She also served as a senior research associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she sequenced DNA and participated in human genetics research on cancer predisposition, and tumor development and metastasis.