Writing and the law have more in common than you think.


Deanna Paul


From prosecutor to writer.

The professions are surprisingly similar — constant observation, flawless reporting, analyzing details and context, and often speaking for those who cannot. The law gave Deanna the background and tools to shape the stories she will continue to tell outside the courtroom.

Deanna started her writing career with an English degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Fordham University School of Law, she spent six years working as an assistant district attorney in multiple New York City prosecutors’ offices.

In law, Deanna began at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. She was initially assigned to the Major Crimes Division’s Domestic Violence Bureau, followed by a Felony Trial Bureau. As lead counsel responsible for all stages of litigation — trials, investigations, evidentiary hearings and grand jury presentations — Deanna handled dozens of violent crimes, including assault, burglary and robbery.

The next major phase in her career was working at the Kings County District Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, where she joined the Special Victims Bureau and specialized in child homicides, violent crimes against children and felony sex crimes.

Deanna has completed over twenty trials, ranging from cases of abusive head trauma to a child who was beaten to death, and prosecuted over 200 cases from investigation to disposition. In addition to her litigation experience, Deanna has taught as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Fordham Law.

In May, Deanna made the leap to pursue writing full time, and recently graduated with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.