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Deborah J. Rust


An associate attorney at Long, Murphy & Shemkus, P.A., Deborah J. Rust exclusively practices family law. As a former prosecutor, Deborah knows what it takes to navigate difficult courtroom proceedings. Whether it be inside the courtroom or during negotiations between the parties, Deborah’s knowledge and experience enable her to successfully advocate for clients from beginning to end, helping them achieve the best outcome possible.

Deborah received her B.A. from Pepperdine University and her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University - Caruso School of Law. She joined Long, Murphy & Shemkus, P.A. in 2022, after working in Northern California as a prosecutor and briefly for the Collier County Clerk of the Court and Comptroller’s office.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • California (2021) & Florida (2022)


  • Pepperdine University - Caruso School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 2020
  • Pepperdine University - Seaver College
    • B.A. - 2016
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • Major: History, Minor: Economics

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Collier County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Butte County District Attorney’s Office, Post-Bar Law Clerk & Deputy District Attorney, 2020-2021.
  • Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Documentation Specialist, 2022.

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Expertise 2021
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Marital & Family Law
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • Super Lawyers

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