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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 615
  • Gross Revenues: $710,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,155,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,380,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Debevoise & Plimpton is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Debevoise & Plimpton has 595 attorneys and is the 65th largest firm in the United States.  With $688,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 42nd on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Debevoise & Plimpton ranked as the 50th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 41 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 41 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 65 -4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 15 -7 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 32 -9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 72 -31 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 16 7 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 87 -20 Summer programs

In the News

Don't Count on Anonymous Tips

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

U.S. methods for internal investigations don't always translate well into German.

As German Enforcement Gets Tougher, Demand for Compliance Advice Grows

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

A crackdown on corruption, antitrust violations, and other corporate offenses have set alarm bells ringing in German boardrooms. Which law firms are best positioned to respond?

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 22, 2015

Announcements from Reed Smith, White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton, Nixon Peabody, Winston & Strawn, Sidley Austin and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office.

Cleary Scores for Greece in Bondholder Dispute

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 13, 2015

Greece's lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton defeated a treaty arbitration brought by a Slovak bank seeking to avoid a steep haircut on $533 million in Greek bonds.

Freshfields, Linklaters on DBS's Billion-Dollar Partnership with Manulife

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 09, 2015

The two companies have struck an exclusive agreement that would see DBS sell Manulife's insurance products through the bank's 200 branches in Asia.

Insider Trading Suit to Proceed

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 08, 2015

Two men who were spared criminal insider trading charges under the Second Circuit's 2014 ruling in 'United States v. Newman' will face a civil enforcement action after a federal judge found a lower level of intent, recklessness, was enough to sustain charges by the SEC.

Initial Emails Back Binding Agreement Claim, Panel Finds

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Three emails exchanged between a CEO and an employee was enough to support a claim that a binding employment agreement had been reached two months before the company cut ties with the employee, a split First Department panel ruled Thursday.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Morning Wrap: Menendez Fights Indictment With $1.2 Million Legal Defense

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez now faces federal criminal charges because of his involvement with a political donor, an eye doctor from Florida: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.

E. Whitney Debevoise of Arnold & Porter

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Debevoise was part of a working group that helped the International Capital Markets Association to develop a new sovereign bond model.

Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 30, 2015

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

New Leader Sets Agenda for the Bar Without Borders

Dirk Olin : The National Law Journal : March 25, 2015

When David Rivkin was growing up on the West Side of Manhattan during the early 1960s, it was a far sketchier place than the collection of elegant hotels and chic cafes that line its streets today.

HSF's Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia offices in recent months.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2015

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole's newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 18, 2015

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.


: The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lawyer Is Censured for Email Saying Juror 'Hijacked' His Case

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : March 13, 2015

The email, sent to a fellow lawyer who had served as forewoman of a jury that ruled against Frank Panetta's client, began: "After numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and success beyond anything you will ever attain in your lifetime, I will never forget you: the bloated jury [forewoman] that I couldn't get rid of and that misled and hijacked my jury."

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Once Again Break From the Pack

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

The top New York-centered firms outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at 17 top firms based in the Big Apple, while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Former DAG James Cole Joins Sidley Austin

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 12, 2015

James Cole, formerly the second-highest-ranking lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, has found his next home at Sidley Austin.

To Satisfy Clients, Law Firms Submit to Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

At least a dozen Am Law 200 and Magic Circle firms have attained a certification called ISO 27001 to demonstrate they're taking steps toward protecting their documents and communication systems from security breaches, and at least 21 more are in the process of seeking the certification. But even those measures are not enough for some of their biggest bank clients, which demand even tougher standards to guard against cyberattacks.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : March 11, 2015

Mayer Brown has relocated its New York City offices to 1221 Avenue of the Americas in Rockefeller Center, after nearly 20 years at 1675 Broadway. Also, Media General Inc. has leased the entire 62nd floor of the landmark Empire State Building

Firms to Form Alliance to Handle Cyber Security Threats

Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman : New York Law Journal : March 06, 2015

As pressure mounts to strengthen defenses against security breaches, at least five Am Law 100 and Magic Circle firms are working to form an alliance that would allow them to ultimately share information with each other about cyber threats and vulnerability.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 05, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

U.S. Prosecutor Joins Firm's White Collar Practice

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : March 04, 2015

Sarah Coyne, chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as counsel in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.