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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 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Debevoise & Plimpton has 615 attorneys and is the 65th largest firm in the United States.  With $710,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 41st on The American Lawyer's 2015 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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : July 06, 2015

Six law firms, along with JAMS, have announced new additions, while Debevoise & Plimpton has announced a promotion.

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 03, 2015

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Cablevision Wins Delaware Ruling on Executive Pay

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : July 01, 2015

Vice Chancellor John Noble implied he was troubled by some pay decisions at Cablevision, but deferred to the company's compensation committee.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Global Lawyer News : July 01, 2015

In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?

KKR Taps Ex-SEC Lawyer at Debevoise for SEC Fees Case

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2015

When KKR faced a groundbreaking investigation by the SEC into its allocation of expenses, it turned to someone who is familiar with the agency's views on that topic. It hired Debevoise partner Robert Kaplan, the former co-chief of the SEC's asset management unit.

In-House Counsel Profile: Schneider Electric S.A.'s Peter Wexler

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : June 29, 2015

"I like the business side of things; I'm not a big fan of the external advisory role."

Survey: Pro Bono Hours Dip Slightly at Am Law 200 Firms

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Jenner & Block takes the top spot in our annual pro bono survey; Arnold & Porter is second.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Witness: Dewey Asked Top Earners to Forego Half of Salary

Nell Gluckman : New York Law Journal : June 23, 2015

Jurors at the fraud and conspiracy trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives heard vivid descriptions of some of the drama that precipitated the firm's bankruptcy in 2012.

Ex-Dewey Rainmaker Says Partners Asked to Forgo Half of Salary

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 22, 2015

The ongoing testimony of Ralph Ferrara, a salaried partner and former rainmaker at Dewey & LeBoeuf, painted a picture of the firm's downfall that seemed sympathetic to the defense. Ferrara said the decision of certain key partners to leave the firm as they became aware of its grim finances contributed to its eventual bankruptcy.

Arbitrator's Denial of Attorney Fees Upheld

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : June 18, 2015

The First Department last week ruled on five appeals from Manhattan's Commercial Division, upholding three and reversing two.

Former Dewey Rainmaker Praises Bankrupt Firm's Leaders

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 18, 2015

Three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing fraud and conspiracy charges got an unexpected lift late Thursday when a former partner glowingly extolled their work ethic and professional character. Ralph Ferrara, a veteran securities litigator, also described the lucrative payday he once received to switch firms.

Prosecutor Urges Dismissal of No-Fly-List Lawsuit

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : June 15, 2015

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ellen Blain asked Southern District Judge Ronnie Abrams Friday to dismiss a lawsuit claiming 25 federal agents put four Muslim men on the anti-terror No Fly List to retaliate for their unwillingness to act as informants.

Dealmakers of the Week: Jeffrey Rosen and Kevin Schmidt of Debevoise & Plimpton

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

Rosen and Schmidt snagged roles advising the financial wizards behind Canada's state pension fund as they prepare to acquire a $12 billion chunk of GE Capital.

S&C, Willkie on Tokio Marine's $7.5B U.S. Acquisition

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : June 11, 2015

The Japanese insurer moves to expand its Stateside footprint by acquiring Houston-based specialty insurance company HCC.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Work for Teva, Tokio Marine

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 11, 2015

The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva's $40 billion bid for Mylan.

Texas' Top Deals of 2014

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : June 04, 2015

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2014. Sources include Texas Lawyer, The Am Law Daily, Thomson Reuters and corporate press releases.

Elizabeth Warren Calls SEC Leadership 'Extremely Disappointing'

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : June 02, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday told U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White that she found her leadership "extremely disappointing."

Debevoise & Plimpton

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : June 01, 2015

Debevoise & Plimpton earned a U.S. Supreme Court reversal last year in a case so consequential that The New York Times predicted it "will shape TV's future."

The 2015 IP Hot List

: The National Law Journal : June 01, 2015

This week we recognize 15 law firms that accomplish great things in the realm of intellectual property law.

June Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : June 01, 2015

New Dean Hopes to Promote Toledo Law's Intimate Environment

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : May 28, 2015

The University of Toledo College of Law has named Benjamin Barros as its next dean.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

Minority Ranks at Large Firms Show Little Growth

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

The percentage of minorities at large law firms hasn't changed much in seven years, our Diversity Scorecard shows.

As German Enforcement Gets Tougher, Demand for Compliance Advice Grows

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : May 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?

So Long (For Now), Benjamin Lawsky

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : May 23, 2015

After wresting billions from Wall Street, the departing New York regulator is steering clear of the big law firms that cater to the banking industry. But whether he remains in private practice or shoots for public office, it's a good bet we'll all be hearing from him again.

IN BRIEF: City Held in Contempt

: The National Law Journal : May 18, 2015

A federal judge has held the city of Atlanta in contempt and imposed sanctions for its failure to meet the terms of a settlement with a woman arrested by police while she filmed them arresting her neighbor. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Circuit Reverses Vacatur in Securities Fraud Case

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : May 18, 2015

A federal appeals court overturned a judge's decision to vacate the conviction of a broker's assistant in a securities fraud case where some of her former superiors with greater roles were ultimately conviction-free.

Cardozo Appoints First Female Dean

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : May 15, 2015

Melanie Leslie will become the new dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the first woman and the first Cardozo graduate to fill that role. She is currently vice dean and a law professor at Cardozo, where she has taught since 1995.

William Matteson, Former Debevoise Leader, Dies at 86

: New York Law Journal : May 13, 2015

William Matteson, a retired business and corporate law partner with Debevoise & Plimpton who at one time held the post of presiding partner, died on Saturday.