Deborah S. Horwitz



Commercial real estate, acquisition/disposition, development and permitting lead the list of experience that Debbie Horwitz offers clients. Debbie represents developers and owners of all types of real estate projects involving complicated structuring, development and finance issues. Chambers USA reports that "she makes difficult problems seem straightforward and resolves them with ease.”  Debbie formerly served as Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Group and Multifamily Industry Group and on the firm’s Executive Committee.


  • Best Lawyers in America® (2023-2024): Real Estate Law
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, Massachusetts, 2019, 2021-2023 (Band 3)
  • Boston Top 50 Power Women in Real Estate, Bisnow, 2014 and 2018
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, Martindale-Hubbell®, 2013
  • “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” Chambers USA 2010-2016
  • Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast, Real Estate, Martindale Hubbell®, 2011
  • "Top Women of Law" Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2010
  • 2009 Circle of Excellence Award, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Honored as a Heroic Woman, Jewish Family Service, 2009
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers,  2004 - 2005, 2012 - 2015, 2017 - 2023
  • 2000 Young Leadership Award Recipient, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Recognized as one of 40 of Boston's brightest and up-and-coming business people under the age of 40,"1999 40 Under 40," Boston Business Journal
  • Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM


  • National Multifamily Housing Council Advisory Board
  • National Multifamily Housing Council Workforce Committee
  • National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Affordable Housing Business Coalition
  • Steering Committee Against Repealing the Housing Law (Chapter 40B)
  • Board of Directors, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Co-Chair, Combined Jewish Philanthropies' $42M Campaign, 2007-2008
  • Real Estate Finance Association
  • Board of Trustees of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston


  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Boston University  (B.A., cum laude, 1986)
  • Boston University School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989)