Deborah S. Bull
Ms. Bull’s area of practice includes appellate law. The State Bar of California has certified Ms. Bull as a Legal Specialist in Appellate Law. Ms. Bull has handled over fifty appellate matters to decision. Her appeals have covered a wide range of issues, including family law matters, probate, foreclosures, contracts, injunctions, personal injury, restraining orders, attorney's fees, statutory interpretation, and administrative review.
Areas of Practice
Family Law Experience
Ms. Bull has handled family law matters for over a decade, including custody, support, business valuation and property division, as well as premarital agreements, jurisdictional issues, guardianships, and parentage terminations. She encourages mediation and finding a successful and cost-efficient resolution outside of the courtroom but also vigorously defends matters that must go to a contested hearing or trial. Her appellate expertise provides her clients a deeper perspective on the law underlying their matters and how a matter would be viewed on appeal.
The State Bar of California has certified Ms. Bull as a Legal Specialist in Appellate Law. Ms. Bull has handled over fifty appellate matters to decision. Her appeals have covered a wide range of issues, including family law matters, probate, foreclosures, contracts, injunctions, personal injury, restraining orders, attorney's fees, statutory interpretation, and administrative review. Below is a partial list of reported decisions handled by Ms. Bull.
- Martindale v. Ochoa (2018) 30 Cal.App.5th 54
- Sonoma Apartment Associates v. The United States (2017) 134 Fed.Cl. 90
- In re Marriage of Honer (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 687
- In re Francis (9th Cir. BAP 2014) 505 B.R. 914
- Piccinini v. California Emergency Management Agency (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 685
- In re Marriage of Davenport (2011) 194 Cal.App.4th 1507
- Morrison v. Vineyard Creek (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 125
- December 2015 Staying Judgments on Appeal
- August 2016 Preserving the Record for Appeal in Civil Cases
- July 2017 An Appellate View of Postjudgment Motions
- May 2018 Writs, Briefs and Oral Arguments in the Appellate Court (w. Justice Dennis A. Cornell, Ret.)
Ms. Bull first joined Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz as a law clerk in October 2001, and then continued as an associate until leaving in February, 2003, to take a clerkship with Justice Charles "Chip" Erdmann at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. She rejoined Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz in August, 2007.
Education and Memberships
Ms. Bull received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in linguistics from Stanford University in 1991, and Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from the Empire College School of Law in 2002, from which she graduated as Valedictorian.
Ms. Bull is admitted to practice in California, the Federal District Court, Northern District, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Ms. Bull is a member of the California and Sonoma County Bar Associations and the American Inns of Court. Ms. Bull serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bennett Valley Unified School District and as president of the Board of Directors of Kid Street Charter School.