Staff Spotlight – Debra Turner

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Debra Turner is a Utah girl through and through! An avid University of Utah fan, Debra has had football season tickets since she was in junior high. If you want to talk team stats, give her a call. Debra knew at 13 years old that she wanted to be an attorney, and she graduated with her law degree and MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She also has a passion for human resources, and she got her first taste of HR and employment law when she was a bookkeeper and HR assistant at a disability services company.

Debra joined our Utah office in 2014. She has over 16 years of experience in all areas of HR and 11 years as an attorney, where she has focused her practice on employment, labor, and immigration law. Prior to joining MSEC, Debra practiced employment and labor law for nine years in Utah and Oregon with a small boutique law firm and served as an HR manager and general counsel in the technology industry for eight years. Debra is no stranger to employers associations, she worked for Cascade Employers Association in Salem, Oregon during law school.

Debra’s specialized areas include regulatory compliance, management consultation, claim resolution, workforce training, labor services, and immigration services. In addition to her work at MSEC, Debra sits on the Employers Council Advisory Board (ECAB), where she works regularly with different Utah employers and the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Debra is licensed to practice in Utah and is currently working on getting licensed in Oregon.

When it comes to her job, Debra loves building relationships with members and becoming their go-to person whenever they have a question or need. She feels it is rewarding to know someone values your expertise enough to always think of you first when an issue comes up.

When not counseling our members, Debra loves to spend time and travel with her family. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two daughters, 11 and 7.