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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 615
  • Gross Revenues: $757,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,230,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,625,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 2014 Global 100 survey, Debevoise & Plimpton ranked as the 49th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in DC, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, NY, Paris and Shanghai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 41 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 41 0 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

Debevoise, Carter Ledyard Hired in Fundraising Probe

Andrew Keshner/Associated Press : New York Law Journal : May 06, 2016

The New York City Law Department has contracted with Debevoise & Plimpton and Carter Ledyard & Milburn to represent the city during probes into Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign fundraising operations and a land deal connected to a health care facility.

Finding of 'Rehabilitation' After Insurance Fraud Sentence

Evan H. Krinick : New York Law Journal : May 06, 2016

In his Insurance Fraud column, Evan H. Krinick writes: Generally speaking, once a prison sentence for insurance fraud is imposed, everyone moves on. Everyone, that is, except the defendant, who is tarred with the conviction forever. In an unusual and rare case decided by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson just days before leaving the bench, Judge Gleeson refused to simply "move on," instead fashioning a creative remedy to address the situation.

Deal Watch: Five Firms on Call for $9 Billion Health Services Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.

Sidley Austin Takes Four-Lawyer India Practice Team from Jones Day

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 04, 2016

Capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava joins in Singapore with one counsel and two associates.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 04, 2016

Seven firms announce new additions, the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office has appointed Taryn Merkl as acting deputy chief of its criminal division, and attorneys Jennifer Keough, Neil Zola and David Isaac have formed JND Legal Administration to administer large-scale class actions, bankruptcy and mass tort cases.

Panel Refuses to Legalize 'Aid in Dying' Procedures

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : May 04, 2016

Advocates of "aid-in-dying" lost a bid to exempt the practice from state laws banning assisted suicide when the First Department unanimously rejected their claims Tuesday.

Scheindlin Assumes New Roles at JAMS, Stroock

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 02, 2016

Shira Scheindlin, a Southern District judge who shaped e-discovery standards and became well known for her rulings in stop-and-frisk policy, will become an arbitrator and mediator for JAMS and of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 26, 2016

Revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth.

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Big Suits

Amanda Bronstad, Scott Flaherty and Jenna Greene : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council; Sanofi SA Securities Class Action; Suture Express v. Cardinal Health; In re DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

A Low-Growth Year for Many of Wall Street's Elite

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Mixed signals in the financial sector and the end of recession-related litigation held profits down in New York.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Shareholder Suit Proceeds Against Winged Foot Golf Club

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 15, 2016

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit against the famed Winged Foot Golf Club alleging fraudulent conduct in its treatment of shareholders of a for-profit holding company that owns the 280-acre Westchester property.

German Merck Hits Back in US Merck's Trademark Suit

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : April 15, 2016

The German drugmaker Merck KGaA has denied claims by the Kenilworth-based Merck & Co. that it has infringed on the American company's trademark.

Life Goes On for Lawyers After Bank Regulators Reject 'Living Wills'

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 15, 2016

Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there's still time for a do-over.

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gleeson Expungement in 'Doe' Is Put to the Test at the Circuit

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : April 08, 2016

Prosecutors urged a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's expungement grant to an unemployed woman, while her attorneys said it would be a mistake for the court to depart from its existing case law on when judges were allowed to blot out convictions.

Judge Eschews Perjury Referral in Insider Trading Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 06, 2016

A federal judge will not refer for a possible perjury prosecution a man whose plea allocution in an insider trading criminal case contradicted his testimony in a parallel civil proceeding.

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 06, 2016

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Appellate Court Declines to Revive Two RMBS Cases

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 05, 2016

The First Department held that a plaintiff's failure to make a pre-suit demand of JPMorgan's board of directors doomed a derivative action brought by a pension fund that lost money on JPMorgan stock, and in a separate ruling, established an accrual date for common-law fraud and aiding and abetting claims brought against issuers of mortgage-backed securities.

Rainmaker's Defection Could Test Cravath Lockstep Model

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

Despite the loss of a leading M&A rainmaker, the firm says the 'Cravath System' is safe.

London Calling for Two Big Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2016

Boies Schiller and Cooley bulk up their nascent outposts in London; Gordon Rees and Shipman & Goodwin grow in New York; Hogan Lovells hires four in Australia and an ex-New York prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : March 28, 2016

Among other honors, C. Evan Stewart, a senior partner at Cohen & Gresser, has been presented with the Sanford Levy Award by the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association.

Deals, Deals, Deals

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

The American Lawyer recognizes the best-of-the-best transactional lawyers during a record year.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : March 28, 2016

It was a cherry of a year for corporate transactions. Meet the lawyers behind the best work.

Deal Watch: Jones Day, Weil and Wachtell Paint the Town

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2016

A bucket of Am Law 100 firms have soaked up work on a big-time paint industry purchase.

Fantasy Websites Won't Take Bets in NY as They Seek New Law

Jake Pearson : The Associated Press : March 22, 2016

The nation's two largest daily fantasy sports websites have agreed to stop taking paid bets in New York, potentially through most of the professional baseball season, as lawmakers consider legalizing the popular online contests, the state attorney general announced Monday.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : March 22, 2016

Kramer Levin, Debevoise, Kirkland & Ellis, White and Case and Mintz Levin have each added an attorney.

Debevoise Opens in Tokyo

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 22, 2016

The U.S. firm launches in the Japanese capital on Tuesday with a three-lawyer mergers and acquisitions team relocating from New York.