Deborah Duplechin Harkins

Deborah Duplechin Harkins

New Orleans, Louisiana

Deborah has over 30 years of experience working with businesses to address their strategic needs by providing valuable insight into the issues as they surface.  Her concept is to keep her clients ahead of the curve by being an active participant in the process of making policy.  She also works with executive agencies, commissions, and boards to ensure her clients' interests are protected.  In the legislative arena, Deborah monitors and tracks legislation which may affect her clients on a state-by-state and national basis.  She also maintains close relationships with the Louisiana Congressional delegation in order to assist her clients to address their national issues.  Additionally, she works collaboratively to find legislative and other creative/innovative solutions to meet her clients' existing and future needs.  To ensure that she can service her clients' needs in any state, Deborah has been an active participant and board member of a national network of government relations specialists, State Law Resources.  Through this network, she can quickly respond to and service business needs anywhere in the United States, and internationally.

Admissions: Registered to Lobby in Louisiana, New Mexico.  Admitted to practice law in Louisiana.

Areas of Practice

  • Governmental Relations
  • Gaming Law
  • Regulatory /Administrative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2014


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D.
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Mueller Systems
  • Bell Helicopter
  • People's Health Network
  • Connections Academy
  • Orleans Parish School Board

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans, Gaming Law
  • Chambers USA “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” 2005-2014 (Gaming & Licensing), 2005 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Gaming Law, Government Relations Law)
  • Corporate International Legal Award – Law Firm of the year (Gaming Law/Government Relations Law)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer (Gaming/Governmental Relations), 2010 - 2014
  • Woman of the Year, New Orleans City Business, 2003 - 2004
  • Leadership in Law Award, New Orleans City Business

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Health Plans
  • American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), 2009 - 2010
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1983 - 2015
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association of Louisiana Lobbyists
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Health Plans
  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
  • State Law Resources, Board Member, 2013 - 2015
  • Louisiana Association of Lobbyist, Member, 1998 - 2015
  • LABI, Education Council, 2010 - 2015
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Board Member, 2007 - 2015
  • WWOZ Governance Board, Board Member, 2007 - 2015
  • Audubon Nature Institute Foundation Board, Board Member
  • Horizon Initiative, Public Private Partnership, Executive Committee
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Board Member, 2007 - 2015
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans, Government Affairs Board Member
  • Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, Member, 2013 - 2015
  • Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, Education Council

Past Employment Positions

  • McGlinchey Stafford, Member, 2000 - 2015