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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 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 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

Weil Helps AIG Make Peace With Icahn, Paulson

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : February 12, 2016

The firm helped longtime client American International Group Inc. reach an agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and John Paulson, who have been pushing for a three-way split of the storied insurance giant.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

The Lawyer Who Said, 'This Ain't for Me'

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015

James Schroeder : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Twenty-five of last year's most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

New Jersey M&A Stays Active in 2015 as Megadeals Abound

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2016

After the much-awaited rebound in 2014, the mergers and acquisitions market in New Jersey stayed strong in 2015 with numerous strategic moves by corporations, the Law Journal's annual survey found.

Attorney General Statement on Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Just the Opening Kick to a Long, Complicated Contest in Texas

J. Mitchell Little : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2016

Ken Paxton's office has taken the position that DFS may well constitute illegal gambling under the Texas Penal Code, over the objections of its two largest purveyors, FanDuel and DraftKings.

Having Led One Firm, Two Partners Now Seek to Advise Many

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2016

A pair of longtime Am Law 100 firm leaders, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' James Pagliaro and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's R. Bruce McLean, recently retired from their respective firms to make the transition to the world of legal consulting.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : January 14, 2016

Harris Beach has opened a second office, Albany Law School has a new associate dean for strategic initiatives and information systems, and several firms and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's office announce promotions.

Life of Fantasy Sports Sites in NY Is Extended Until May

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2016

A Manhattan appeals court has paused until May a judge's decision to stop daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel from doing business in the state while the sites press their appellate challenge.

Topping $1 Billion Mark, Big Litigation Funder Gets Bigger

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2016

Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital announced a major expansion Wednesday, boosting both its capital and its executive team.

Ex-Debevoise Litigator Takes On NYC's Mean Streets

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

Five years after leaving his big law career behind, 51-year-old Steve Vaccaro is leading the legal charge for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in New York.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2016

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's columns.

Deal Watch: Simpson Thacher Follows the Bouncing Ball

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 26, 2015

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett snagged roles on three year-end deals of note for private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Apax Partners, as well as Bruce Ratner's Forest City Enterprises, which agreed to give up its remaining stake in the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.

Lobbying, Litigators and Laterals: The Year in Legal Business

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 26, 2015

With sustained and modest fiscal stability across the legal industry last year, 2015 created a clean palette for many of D.C.'s largest law firms. Some redesigned their Washington-focused practices like lobbying and white-collar law, many added or lost groups of lawyers, and a few considered or closed on mergers. We look at the 10 top trends and business decisions that created buzz in Washington Big Law this year, from Dentons to Dennis Hastert.

Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Lawyer Up

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

As they fight New York's attorney general, DraftKings and FanDuel are relying on an all-star lineup.

Skadden's Record M&A Year

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

The Wall Street powerhouse becomes the first law firm to chalk up more than $1 trillion in deals in one year.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : December 21, 2015

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Star Clients, Bold Headlines: Litigators' Intriguing Cases

Am Law Daily Staff : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Celebrity clients and high-profile cases come with the territory when you're one of the nation's top litigation teams. Here are headline-grabbing suits from among 108 contest submissions for our Litigation Department of the Year awards.

Kaye Scholer Partner, Pharma Exec Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2015

Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer corporate partner who joined the firm's New York office this summer, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of participating in a securities fraud scheme with former hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical- executive Martin Shkreli.

Big Deals: Skadden Passes $1 Trillion Mark in Merger of Dow and DuPont

Jennifer Henderson and Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : December 17, 2015

Dow Chemical and DuPont are merging to form a company valued at about $130 billion as they try to counter falling commodities prices and weakness in some key markets that have pressured their giant agriculture and chemicals businesses.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Grab Seat for Alibaba's Movie, Media Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2015

Amid megadeals poised to create DowDuPont and Newell Brands, several firms grabbed roles on a pair of transactions announced by Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Patients' Group Appeals Dismissal of Aid-in-Dying Lawsuit

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : December 16, 2015

A group of terminally ill patients seeking to block prosecution of doctors who would aid them in dying is appealing a Manhattan judge's decision to dismiss their lawsuit.

Orrick and Kirkland Make Weil Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2015

Several Am Law 100 firms welcome new recruits from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Debevoise hires from Sullivan & Cromwell on Hong Kong; Fox Rothschild expands in Minneapolis; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Debevoise Partner, Ex-NY Regulator, Saves Man From Subway Tracks

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2015

Eric Dinallo, who joined Debevoise & Plimpton in 2010 after serving as New York's top insurance regulator, says he pulled a man from the tracks just seconds before he was crushed by an oncoming train.

Debevoise Snaps Up Sullivan & Cromwell Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 14, 2015

Last year, William Chua was underwriters' counsel on Alibaba's $25 billion New York Stock Exchange listing and $8 billion corporate bond issue.

Judge Upholds AG's Authority to Block Fantasy Sports Sites

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : December 14, 2015

Justice Manuel Mendez's Friday ruling stopping DraftKings and FanDuel from doing business in the state was appealed to the First Department, which issued an emergency stay allowing the daily fantasy sports sites to keep operating through at least next month.

With DuPont Deal, Skadden Breaks $1 Trillion M&A Barrier for 2015

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

Thanks to its role in DuPont's planned merger with Dow, the firm has gained membership in the most exclusive kind of club—the kind with just one member.

No Bonus Bump From Davis Polk as Firm Follows Bellwethers

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2015

Davis Polk made waves last year by awarding higher bonuses to some midlevel and senior associates than other firms had announced just days before, but this year it's sticking with the crowd.

Google's Gleaning of Children's Info Eyed by Third Circuit

P.J. D'Annunzio : The Legal Intelligencer : December 08, 2015

A debate over whether Google has the ability to glean children's personal information from websites they visit took center stage during arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.