Meet the Team

Here at Whitson & Tansey, we walk side by side with our clients. We understand that every client’s situation is unique and deserving of an empathetic ear, and we are here to offer both legal and moral support so that we can empower our clients to make the best decisions for themselves.

We also know that time is money, and our streamlined, solutions-oriented legal strategies reflect that. The last thing we want to do is waste your time and rack up your legal bills–you still have a life to live, after all. 

Meet Debra Whitson

Attorney & Mediator

For the first half of her career, Debra was a prosecutor, and she spent the latter half specializing in matrimonial and family law. She is an experienced mediator and collaborative divorce practitioner as well as a recognized expert in working with victims of domestic violence. Debra believes that legal battles are more harmful to families than helpful, and is passionate about helping people find ways to make their own decisions for their families, rather than leaving their outcomes in the hands of a stranger in a black robe. When court is unavoidable, Debra aims to educate and support people to make the legal process less costly, scary, uncertain, and stressful. In her spare time, Debra works with Zonta International to improve the lives of women and girls in her local community and around the globe. She loves travel, good food and wine, tennis, and spending time with her husband and children enjoying all of the outdoor activities available in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State where they make their home.

Debra’s Training and Experience:

  • Graduate of Cornell University
  • Graduate of Pace University School of Law
  • 26 years as a New York Attorney

Meet Debbie Wilkie


Debbie Wilkie has over thirty years’ experience working in various aspects of the law. A native of Upstate New York, she started her paralegal career in Roanoke, Virginia in 1987 and finally returned home to  New York in 2002. Debbie has broad experience in a variety of areas of law, including criminal defense, administrative law, civil litigation and family law.  

Debbie and our firm’s founding Partner, Debra Whitson, have paired up to deliver top-notch legal services to the family law clients at Whitson & Tansey. Debbie is happy to have found her niche in family law, working with the team at Whitson & Tansey as they set the standard for innovative and client-centered legal and mediation services to the firm’s clients. Debbie is passionate about helping families transition to a new and better future.  

Debbie enjoys reading, crocheting, camping, socializing with friends and sharing good food, good wine and good times. She lives with her husband Art, their two pugs Herbert and Lillian, and their rescue cat, Monkey. 

Meet Anne Vincent

Client Support Specialist

Growing up in the United Kingdom took Anne on a varied and interesting path that led her to the Whitson Law Firm. Anne completed a Marketing and Law degree at De Montfort University in Leicester, England before moving to London to work in Marketing at Clarins Cosmetics. While working there, she transferred to New York for what she thought would be a 3-month stay. Twenty years later, Anne is still in the United States. Gaining exciting positions at both Vogue magazine and Burberry, Anne has worked in Marketing and Events with some of the top talents in fashion and entertainment. Having once been a frequent visitor to Lake Placid, she is now a permanent resident and ready and willing to support the clients of the Whitson and Tansey Law Firm in all their legal matters. She is passionate about helping to guide our clients through the processes in their cases with helping and caring hands.