Debra Krause was born and raised just outside Brockport, a
small collegiate town in western New York.
After her grandfather passed away, she moved to Florida to live and care
for her ailing grandmother. She settled in Sanford, Florida while she attended
Seminole Community College and the University of Central Florida to pursue a
degree in teaching. Close to graduation,
she switched majors and ultimately graduated with a degree in Business
Administration. She currently lives in Altamonte Springs with her husband and
Debra is a proud product of divorced parents. Her mother
Patricia and her husband, Bruce Lybrand have been happily married for over 20
years and reside in Tavares, Florida.
Her father Herbert Sears and his wife Judy Sargalis-Sears have also been
married over 20 years and reside in Fairport, New York. Debra has one biological sister, two adopted
brothers, one adopted sister, and one step brother.
Undergraduate: Seminole Community College – AA Degree
University of Central Florida – BSBA Degree – May 1997
Stetson College of Law – Juris Doctor – May 2004 (with Honors)
Stetson University College of Law has a long tradition
of education attorneys who are ready and able to serve their clients and the
community. This tradition is reflected
in Stetson’s nationally recognized advocacy, skills, and legal writing
Debra Krause is a proud, loving and devoted wife and
mother. She is married to Mitchel B.
Krause, a Seminole County attorney, who has lived and practiced in Seminole
County for over 20 years. They are
blessed with three beautiful children and are members of Congregation Ohev
Debra’s background, life experience, legal experience, and
judicial experience as a Seminole County Court Judge provides her with a
balanced foundation and a wealth of understanding. Debra’s pre and post law school work
experiences bring her credibility by have a broad, diverse background that
reflects the community’s diversity. Her
hard work and dedication while pursuing her education exemplify her tireless
work ethic and her ability to be effective and efficient. Her time as a practicing attorney provides a
well-rounded and balanced mix of experience that is essential to serving as a
County Court Judge.
Pre – Law School:
While attending Seminole Community College and
the University of Central Florida, Debra worked part time at the Sanford Flea
Market, waitressed at Colorado’s Restaurant, and also worked the night shift at
a local convenience store.
After graduation from the University of Central
Florida, Debra worked in the construction industry, managed an Arby’s fast food
restaurant and was a Management Trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
While in Law School:
Debra interned at the Pinellas County State
Debra was a second and third year teaching
fellow in Stetson’s Research and Writing Department.
Post Law School:
Debra did transactional work for Real Estate
Attorneys, Civil Trial Attorneys, and Criminal Law Attorneys.
She worked in the area of corporate law,
organizing, establishing, and maintaining privately owned Corporations and
Limited Liability Companies.
She was a Registered Environmental Professional
(REP6130) and Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA 1592), she was
in-house counsel for Florida Environmental Assessments, Inc.
Elected in 2012, Debra initially presided over
criminal cases from January 2013 through December 2017. During that time, she handled thousands of
criminal cases ensuring justice was served.
Beginning in January 2018, Debra began to
preside over civil cases and has handled hundreds of civil cases, protecting the rights of both
plaintiffs and defendants.
During her tenure as a County Court Judge, Debra
has been appointed a Circuit Court Judge to preside over numerous Circuit civil
In 2018, as a result of her outstanding judicial
record, Debra was named Judge of the Year by the Seminole County Bar