Meet the Team

Here at WhitsonLaw Firm, we walk side by side with our clients located in New York City, United States. 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 to travel, have good food and wine, tennis, and spend 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

Amanda Dysart

Of Counsel

Amanda is a seasoned matrimonial and family law attorney with 8 years of relevant litigation experience in both the New York State Supreme and Family Courts.

Prior to joining WhitsonLaw, Amanda practiced for several different law firms in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, where she specialized in settlement negotiations, motion practice, and trial preparation. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, from which she holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English literature, and a cum laude graduate of the City University of New York School of Law.

While in law school, Amanda clerked for the Honorable Ellen Gesmer, now of the First Appellate Department, and worked for several not-for-profit legal services agencies.

Katie Short


Katie has 18 years of experience working in various areas of the legal arena. Her varied experiences have helped shape her well-rounded approach to working hand in hand with clients navigating the legal process. Katie has experience in civil litigation, estate planning, child custody and support, dissolution of marriage, and mediation. She has found her passion in helping families successfully navigate the sometimes difficult transitions they face. Katie is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and utilizes her Juris Doctor the best way she can as a military spouse.

Katie enjoys traveling, good food, good wine, and good friends. She lives with her husband Brad and fur baby, a 13-year-old Labrador named Mia. 

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 WhitsonLaw. 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 WhitsonLaw 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.

Karlien Haese

Executive Assistant

Karlien has 8 years of experience in various fields, including psychology, sales management, fine arts, administration, tourism, key accounts, customer service, graphic design, and marketing. 

Prior to joining the WhitsonLaw team, Karlien was in charge of the everyday running of an established art gallery in Cape Town owned by one of South Africa’s most successful artists. She has diplomas in Psychology and Sales Management and is currently in her final year of finishing her Bachelor’s in Psychological Counselling part-time. 

Karlien loves connecting with people, finding beauty in everyday life, new experiences, and traveling, and is an avid supporter of animal charities.