Our Attorneys

DebnamRust is a litigation firm. Our attorneys have backgrounds in trial, negotiation, and advocacy. Our ability and desire to litigate allows our clients to get the best deals possible. Whether or not you wish to go to trial, we are here to guide you through the legal process –Explaining anything and making it as easy as we can.

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Brent Debnam

Brent Debnam is a founding Partner at DebnamRust and primarily practices criminal defense. As someone who has been arrested, Brent knows how emotionally difficult and confusing it is to be accused of committing a crime. He understands that being charged with a crime does not make you guilty, and he believes that not every mistake needs to be punished by law. Brent is passionate about criminal defense, and will go to furthest extent permitted by the Constitution to protect your rights.

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Michael G. Debnam

Michael G. Debnam is a founding Partner at DebnamRust and primarily practices divorce and family law. Michael’s practice focuses on navigating the sensitive and nuanced issues facing families in litigation. Navigating a court case involving the family and attempting to maintain a functioning family unit can be a tremendously difficult task. Michael’s theory of practice provides a comprehensive approach that evaluates all strategies to minimize the financial and emotional impact of family law case.


Derek Mergele-Rust

Derek is a founding Partner of DebnamRust and heads our LGBT section. Derek practices corporate law, estate planning & probate, and LGBT law. Derek brings 15 years of experience in corporate America to his practice of corporate law, and he has used his urban planning background to assist corporations and non-profit organizations navigate city zoning ordinances. Derek spends a majority of his time protecting and representing the interests of small and medium sized businesses. 

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Michael "Miz" Ludvik

Michael “Miz” Ludvik is a Partner at DebnamRust and primarily practices criminal and veterans law. He is also a strong advocate and ally for the LGBTQIA community. Miz is also accredited with the department of Veteran affairs. Miz is a combat veteran for United States Marine Corps. During his four years of active duty, he served two combat tours. During his first combat tour in Ramadi Iraq, Miz was combat meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal (E3). Miz was injured while serving his country. 

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james monroe scurlock

James Monroe Scurlock represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants in mediations, arbitrations, and litigation across numerous areas of law.  His practice includes contract law, insurance law, construction law, real estate law, civil rights and employment law, health law, veteran and military discrimination law, state civil rights violations, and tort law.  James is admitted to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee with his Texas state bar licensure currently pending.  Further, he is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas as well as all of the federal courts of Arkansas and Tennessee. His admission to the federal courts of the Northern District of Texas is currently pending.  James is a member of several bar associations and is a Past President of the Judge William R. Overton Inns of Court in Little Rock, Arkansas. James is happily engaged and currently lives in both Austin and Little Rock.  He grew up north of Nacogdoches, Texas, where his mother and much of his family still live.