Debra L. Eiland is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Debra Eiland, P.C., serving Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and neighboring communities in El Paso, Teller, Pueblo, Huerfano, Park, Las Animas, Custer, and Fremont counties in the areas of business transactions and litigation, corporate law, government regulation and licensure, real estate, land use and zoning, wills, and probate, and estate litigation.
A native of Colorado Springs, Ms. Eiland attended college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, earning her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with Distinction in 1992. She later attended law school at the University of Denver College of Law, earning her Juris Doctorate degree in 1999. Ms. Eiland is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Colorado and the United States District Court and United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the El Paso County Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, the El Paso County Women’s Bar Association, the Ben S. Wendelken Inn of Court, the 2012 Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Class, and the Manitou Springs Restorative Justice Council.
- J.D., University of Denver College of Law (1999)
- B.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1992)
- Colorado State Courts
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado
Colorado Springs Teen Court: January 2004 to Present
Ms. Eiland mentors student attorneys in trial advocacy skills (opening statement, direct and cross-examination, rules of evidence, closing argument, jury appeal, etc.) to prepare for sentencing hearings. She attends sentencing hearings with student attorneys and continues mentoring them throughout the process. Ms. Eiland assists student lawyers and defendants in reaching meaningful sentencing alternatives at trial and in peer panels designed to help youth defendants take responsibility for their actions and learn how to make choices that will enable them to enhance their quality of life and to set and reach their goals. She has also participated in annual introductory training of new student lawyers on the Teen Court=s mission, policies, and procedures and trial advocacy techniques.
Manitou Springs Restorative Justice Council: February 2006 to Present
Ms. Eiland participated in designing and implementing a restorative justice program for the City of Manitou Springs that is used throughout the community to bring victims and offenders together to facilitate communication between them for the purpose of promoting offender accountability, victim restoration, and community safety and harmony. Ms. Eiland specifically organized and implemented the program in the Manitou Springs Municipal Court. The Manitou Springs Restorative Justice program boasts a 90%+ success rate, with less than 3% recidivism among referred offenders. The program is currently operating successfully in the Manitou Springs schools and in the Municipal Court, and enjoys the participation and support of community leaders, the citizens at large, the Police Department, City Council, School District #14, and the Municipal Court.
El Paso County Bar Foundation: Gala Co-Chair 2010-2011 & Gala Chair 2011-2013; Board Chairperson 2014 to Present
The El Paso County Bar Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides legal support to the disadvantaged, works to improve the delivery of legal services, promotes education, knowledge, and awareness of the law, works to improve the administration of justice, and serves similar charitable law-related needs in the El Paso and Teller County communities. The Bar Foundation Gala is a formal dinner held each year in April to raise money for the Foundation's various charitable activities.