Deborah Barbier graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994 and was honored to be chosen for two judicial clerkships - one in South Carolina state court for the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and then for a federal United States District Court judge.
In 1996, Barbier was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney. From 1996 until 2001, Barbier started and led the U.S. Attorney's Office Affirmative Civil Enforcement ("ACE") Division where she successfully prosecuted multimillion dollar False Claims Act cases against hospitals, physicians, defense contractors, durable medical equipment suppliers, dentists, and pharmacies.
In 2001, Barbier began criminally prosecuting violent crimes, drug trafficking, and white collar crime. In 2003, Barbier was chosen by the United States Attorney to lead the Asset Forfeiture Unit. During her tenure, she and her team seized and forfeited millions of dollars from drug traffickers and white collar criminals.
In 2007, Barbier led the White Collar Crime Section in the District of South Carolina. She prosecuted hundreds of white collar criminals while supervising all of the white collar crime federal prosecutions in the Columbia, Charleston, Florence and Greenville offices.
In 2011, Barbier left government service and went into private practice. Her practice focuses on federal and state criminal defense, Qui Tams/False Claims Act actions, and business litigation.