Debra J. Rice, Esq

Debra J. Rice Esq.

CEO; Partner
Riverside, California

Debra became a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1974 and a Registered Nurse in 1980. She then went on to Law School in 1989 where she graduated from Western School of Law in 1992 where she earned a JD in two and one half years while working full time as a hospice nurse. She is still a Registered Nurse and renews her RN certification every year. She is licensed to practice law in California State Court, the California Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts.Debra has been practicing Criminal Defense and Family Law for over 20 years. She has 12 years in private practice, 4 years as a managing partner at Hall, Rice & Associates, and 3 years at the Riverside Public Defenders Office.

In addition to being a registered nurse and an attorney for over 19 years, Debra is a mother of three. She is actively involved in community programs and church related events, such as the Saddleback Justice Task Force, Saddleback Health Care Ministries, and other related Pro Bono Services. She was a member of the 2005 Tsunami Disaster Relief Team to Bande Ache, Indonesia, and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Team. Debra is a proud member of the Saddleback church PEACE Plan, and has been on two mission trips to Rwanda, Africa in 2006 and 2010.

Debra is a strong supporter of Alternative Sentencing and Drug and Alcohol Diversion Programs. She believes that the courts should be held to a higher standard when dealing with people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law

Certified Specialties

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse, 1974
  • Registered Nurse, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. District Court


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California – 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • Hall, Rice, Managing Partner
  • Riverside Public Defenders Office

Pro Bono Activities

  • Saddleback Justice Task Force
  • Saddleback Health Care Ministries
  • Tsunami Disaster Relief Team to Bande Ache, Indonesia, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Team, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Saddleback church PEACE Plan, Proud Member
  • Two mission trips to Rwanda, Africa in 2006 and 2010

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3800 Orange Street, Suite 280 Riverside,CA 92501 Phone: 951-683-2297 Fax: 866-702-4011

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