Attorney Debra Rectenbaugh Pettit recently graduated from The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute after a one-year commitment to the program. Founded by Arthur Davis, The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is dedicated to being Iowa's finest community leadership development program. The Institute expands the leadership skills of community-minded leaders from business, government, education and other organizations through a program of social, cultural and leadership skill enhancement experiences. The Institute's primary goals are to motivate participants to a higher level of community awareness and involvement and to ensure that Greater Des Moines and Iowa have strong leadership in the future.
Pettit was selected to participate in June of 2005 and completed the training course through a ceremony held on June 2nd, 2006. Pettit is a shareholder of Davis Brown in the Litigation Division. During her time in the leadership program, Debra served as the legal representative on the Institute's Class Project Committee and helped organize and complete the class project of providing security, renovation, and beautification for the Judges' parking lot at the 100-year-old Polk County Courthouse.
Pettit received a B.A. from Drake University and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. Pettit is a trial attorney, whose practice encompasses general civil litigation matters, including insurance defense and prevention and resolution of construction and general commercial business disputes.