Arbitrator | Mediator


Deborah Hylton’s practice as a conflict engagement specialist, mediator, and arbitrator is differentiated by 38 years of cross-industry experience as a corporate board chair, corporate director, CEO, businesswoman, and leading transactional attorney within a Top 100 U.S. law firm. Deborah offers a distinctive skill set in arbitration and mediation and brings first-hand insights into the growing field of dispute prevention and early conflict resolution. As a strategic thinker, Deborah is adept at tailoring these processes to the unique needs of her clients. 

Deborah has significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, complex manufacturing, commercialization of innovations, licensing, corporate governance, restructuring of distressed companies, and shareholder disputes. She was recognized for more than 10 years in Best Lawyers in America for corporate law and was rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to co-founding and growing a new office of her firm, she was the first woman and youngest partner elected to the management committee.

Deborah maintains her work in the business community, sitting on three corporate boards and maintaining active in global and local corporate director organizations.

In addition to her work as a mediator and arbitrator, Deborah is a frequent speaker and presenter at ADR conferences and various forums for corporate leadership.

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1979
  • Legal Employment
  • Founder, Arbitrator and Mediator, Hylton ADR Services, LLC, Oct 2017 – Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Midmark Corporation, Jun 2019 – Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, NC Services for Dentistry, Mar 2019 – Present
  • Member, Board of Directors; Chair, Governance Committee - SouthLight Healthcare, Aug 2017 – Present
  • President & Chief Executive Officer, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Feb 2016 - Oct 2017
  • Founder and President, Hylton Consulting Services LLC, Jan 2008 - Jan 2016
  • Board of Directors; Immediate Past Chair 2008 - May 2012 - Wells Enterprises, Inc., 2008 - May 2014
  • Restructuring Officer, KMC Telecom, 2006 – 2008
  • Partner, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Research Triangle Park Office - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, 1983 - 2005
  • Membership & Community Involvement
  • Campaign for Greener Arbitrations - North American Committee Member, Oct 2019 – Present
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society
  • Charlotte International Arbitration Society
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • United State Council for International Business
  • Women Corporate Directors
  • experience

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