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Diandra S. “Fu” Debrosse

Gentle Turner Sexton Debrosse & Harbison
501 Riverchase Pkwy., E., Suite 100
Hoover, Alabama 35244
(205)716-3000 / ddebrosse@gtandslaw.com

Fu is a 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio where she was a finalist for the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court. She also graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature and Jewish Studies in 2001 from City College of New York, New York, where she was an Isaacs Fellow in English Literature. Fu is a shareholder with Gentle Turner Sexton Debrosse & Harbison practicing in the area of litigation representing plaintiffs primarily in class actions, mass torts, complex commercial, personal injury, constitutional law, and tax matters, and has litigated cases in Mississippi as well as Alabama. In addition to litigation, she has participated extensively in class action settlement mediation, administration, and valuation of cases. Fu is conversant in French, Haitian, Creole and functional in Spanish.

As a speaker for the People’s Law School Television Program, Fu spoke on Mass Tort-From Litigation to Settlement Administration, has been featured in B Metro Magazine as a Young Attorney on the Rise, and has spoken on Taking and Defending the Expert and 30(b)(6) Deposition at the Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Meeting in 2011. In the winter 2009 edition of American Trial Lawyer, she co-authored Dynamic Remedies: Forging a Progressive Approach and Enhancing the Profession with Edgar C. Gentle, Esq. Fu has been the long term planner and counsel for the Torbert Qualified Settlement Fund at the West Anniston Medical Clinic since 2005. She was a participant in Harvard Trial College in Cambridge, MA in 2009 for the American Association for Justice, and assisted in developing a comprehensive strategic plan as senior consultant in 2005 at Cleveland, Ohio’s Orion Solutions. Fu was Magic City Bar Association president in 2011, and is presently co-chair of the Birmingham Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee. Her community service includes being on the United Way VAT Allocation Team from 2008-2011, a member of the Young Professionals Board, as well as associated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Minority Research Health Center since 2009.

Hon. Paul W. Greene said, “In my capacity as the Chief United State Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Alabama I have worked with many fine young lawyers. Ms. Debrosse is exceptional even among that group. She is not only a brilliant attorney, but a passionate supporter of her profession. She is the past president of the Magic City Bar Association and active in the Birmingham Bar and the State Bar as well Diandra is unmatched in her both zealous pursuit of justice and her professional integrity. There is no lawyer in my experience better suited for a leadership role within our Bar.”  The Alabama State Bar Commissioner who recommended Diandra said, “Diandra is a bright young lady who has made Alabama her home after moving here from Brooklyn, New York. She has been a leader in the African-American legal community as well as in the general legal community of Birmingham and exemplifies all of the characteristics which have been common among the prior classes of the Leadership Forum. Diandra was recently elected as a Bar Commissioner at Large and her leadership skills will be an asset to this group. I cannot recommend her more strongly and feel that she will be a tremendous addition to the Leadership Forum class.”

In her own words, Fu says, “My grandfather taught me that a man (in my case, a woman) is measured by the comments made at his funeral. Were you an agent of change? Did you make a difference? Have you changed one mind, one heart, or one individual in your lifetime? My life has always been dedicated to making a difference through active leadership. I am most proud of our firm’s dedication to assisting in social change through litigation. Along these lines, I have married my passions of practicing law with challenging inequities and effecting change. Currently, I serve as counsel in class actions involving the bail bonds fee and an opinion of the Attorney General’s office involving overtime pay for state employees within the State of Alabama, among other matters of widespread impact. I also serve as counsel in the national Higher One MDL litigation, where I am seeking justice for thousands of defrauded college students. My personal injury clients can also attest to the fact that I bring the same fervor and dedication to a $150,000 claim as I do to a multi-million class action. In the past year, I have assisted numerous individuals with varying injuries in realizing some modicum of justice, and have never hesitated from representing individuals-whether against a gun manufacturer or a governmental entity. Unlike many practitioners, I also have had the distinct pleasure of participating in a neutral fashion in many cases. I have done all of the above since moving to Alabama from New York City via Ohio approximately six years ago, and have made it a distinct point to distinguish myself as an attorney who dedicates herself completely to the practice. Throughout my work life, I have been recognized for the manner in which I commit passionately to the task at hand and assume responsibility, ownership and control over whatever task I am given. I believe that my diverse background, and my vocal stance with regard to the need for diversity, and the manners in which we may actively encourage the hiring and retention of diverse attorneys has been of significant value to our legal community. My most important contribution to the community is my dedication to inclusion, and its ability to affect change – whether it is to partner to fight unhealthy eating habits in our children or to support not-for-profit organizations. I believe that my outspoken, but warm dedication to these issues helps remind our community that there is a long way to go, and that we must continue to fight. My love of leadership and activism did not commence upon relocation to Alabama. As a child and teenager, I marched for the rights of women, immigrants, and homosexuals, among others, was a debater and organization leader in high school, and was Ombudserson and a CUNY student leader in college. My activism was rewarded by the Case Western School of Law with the grant of a three year Leadership grant. I would be remiss if I were not to speak of my proudest leadership role – as a mother to my four and a half year old daughter, Zoe. I have dedicated myself to making a difference, not only because of my heritage and upbringing, but because I want Zoe to know that she can be a tremendous agent of change, and that she is not bound by the world into which she was born. The Leadership Forum will provide new theories of leadership, enhance my knowledge of the State of Alabama and its issues, and provide strategies to effect real change in our State. Furthermore, I will be introduced to other lawyers who are committed to taking this state into the right direction, and who are committed to social change, and the invaluable role that we, as lawyers, play in molding our society. Maybe, just maybe, my eulogy will include the fact that I changed a life, and that I enhanced my nation. ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”