Deborah Laux Eldridge was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Florida in1986. Ms. Eldridge obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1993. She was admitted to The Florida Bar that same year. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.
Ms. Eldridge has been working in the field of Workers’ Compensation for over 30 years. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a claims adjuster for three years handling workers’ compensation claims for a major insurance carrier. Ms. Eldridge has tried workers’ compensation cases before judges all over the State of Florida. She has substantial experience representing professional employer organizations, self-insured employers, and public entities.
Since 2001, Ms. Eldridge has been a voting member of the Florida Department of Financial Services, Department of Forensic and Investigative Services, Workers’ Compensation Fraud Task Force. The task force is an independent body made up of members from the insurance industry, employers, personnel of the Bureau of Insurance Fraud and interested citizens.The mission of the task force is to explore ways to combat insurance fraud.
Ms. Eldridge teaches the Advanced Medical Benefits class for the Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals’ Board Certification Program. She is approved as an instructor by the Department of Insurance and has written and presented numerous continuing educations seminars for claims adjusters.