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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 595
  • Gross Revenues: $688,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,155,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,310,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 DC, London, NY and Paris.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 42 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 42 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

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Defamation Suit Revived Against Syracuse Basketball Coach

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014

The state Court of Appeals reinstated a defamation suit Tuesday against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim for criticisms he leveled at two former Syracuse ballboys who accused his friend and top assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them.

After 'Terror' Conviction Upset, Man Found Guilty

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2014

Almost two years after the Court of Appeals said Bronx prosecutors incorrectly invoked anti-terrorism laws in a gang member's case, another jury has found the man guilty on retrial.

Documents From Investigation of Coach Must Be Disclosed

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2014

Documents related to Syracuse University's 2005 investigation into molestation allegations against former basketball coach Bernie Fine are not shielded from disclosure in a lawsuit filed by Fine's wife as attorney work-product, a federal magistrate judge decided.

Associates Class of 2014: H-L

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Covington Gets Qualcomm Call, Loses Two Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 16, 2014

Wireless technology company Qualcomm tapped Covington & Burling to advise on its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of CSR, a British chipmaker known for its Bluetooth technology. At the same time, the firm saw two top litigators handling Deepwater Horizon-related oil spill work for BP depart its Beltway base for Kirkland & Ellis.

John Kiernan

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

John Kiernan's pro bono work has taken him as far as Mississippi for a civil rights case against that state's attorney general and as close as northern Manhattan, where he represented tenants and squatters who were forcibly evicted.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

Am Law 100 Firms Capitalize on Big Pharma Deals

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell, Latham, McDermott and Sidley Austin advised on Impax Laboratories' purchase of Tower Holdings for $700 million. Sullivan & Cromwell also counseled Endo International on a separate pharmaceutical deal in which the company agreed to pay $2.6 billion for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, itself advised by Morgan Lewis and Willkie. Meanwhile, Debevoise and Wilmer took the lead on a third transaction in the pharmaceutical sector, this one worth $675 million.

MatlinPatterson Fends Off $55 Million Arbitration Award

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 05, 2014

The fund's lawyers at Simpson Thacher persuaded a judge to rule for the second time that MatlinPatterson never agreed to arbitrate pricing disputes over a $320 million Brazilian airline industry transaction.

Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen mulls a merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a key factor in clinching any deal will be the participation of certain rainmakers. The Am Law Daily has a look at those individuals, some of whom have left the firm, and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200, such as significant acquisitions by Armstrong Teasdale in Denver, Fox Rothschild in Dallas and Quarles & Brady in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Debevoise & Plimpton to Add Hong Kong Law Capability

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 30, 2014

After 20 years of advising clients on the New York and English law aspects of their business in Asia, the firm is setting up a local law practice in Hong Kong as well.

Holder Leaves His Imprint on Major Cases in New York

Mark Hamblett and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday said he will resign from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he has served since 2009 as the country's first black attorney general.

New Deals

Valori Corral-Nava : New York Law Journal : September 25, 2014

German multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens AG announced late Sunday it would acquire the Dresser-Rand Group, a Houston-based maker of compressors, steam turbines, gas turbines and engines for the oil and gas industry, in an all-cash deal worth $7.6 billion.

Translator Fights Back in Dispute Over Toyota Documents

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : September 24, 2014

A translator who provided internal Toyota documents to news reporters has objected to the carmaker's requests for sanctions against her for alleged failure to obey a protective order in litigation over sudden acceleration.

After Losing Patent Case, RICO Claims Still Dog Lumen View

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : September 22, 2014

Lumen View Technology would probably love to forget the patent lawsuit it brought against search engine company But after beating the IP case, winning back its defense fees and suing Lumen View for alleged RICO violations, FindTheBest isn't going to let the plaintiff walk away that easily.

Freshfields Adds Four But Loses One, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2014

The Magic Circle firm's New York hiring spree continued, although one partner has left the London-based legal giant's office in Washington, D.C., for a top in-house job at Chevron. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and more in our latest tally of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

SEC's Mary Jo White on Women in the Law

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : September 16, 2014

In a speech Tuesday to the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White shared her experiences as a trailblazer in the law.

The American Lawyer Names Global Legal Awards Grand Prize Winners

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The American Lawyer announced Monday the winners of its Global Legal Awards grand prizes. In the climax of a thrilling event at Gotham Hall in New York City, four grand prizewinners were chosen from more than 270 nominations to be named as the year's best cross-border legal work across corporate, finance, disputes and citizenship.

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : September 11, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has agreed to purchase privately held Prestige Cruises International for $3.03 billion. Also, has announced that it would acquire video game streaming company Twitch Interactive Inc. in a $970 million cash deal.

Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting the Rights of IP Licensors, Licensees in Bankruptcy," "Puerto Rico's New Bankruptcy Law: A Quick Fix?," "Litigating Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy" and "Applying the Proper Valuation for a Company's Industry."

Ford Foundation Promotes GC From Within

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : September 08, 2014

Kenneth Monteiro is succeeding Ricardo Castro as vice president, secretary and general counsel at the Ford Foundation.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2014

Four firms have added partners and others have added counsel.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

: New Jersey Law Journal : September 04, 2014

No Presumption of Irreparable Harm For Party Seeking Lanham Act Injunction

Law Schools Exhibiting Senator's Photos, Barrister's Books

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : September 04, 2014

You can bet that Patrick Leahy has seen a lot during his 40 years in the U.S. Senate. Now students and visitors at Georgetown University Law Center can share an inside view of the Vermont politico's career.

Judge Dismisses Kickback-Related Suit Against Swiss Bank

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : September 03, 2014

A New York state judge has dismissed a $350 million lawsuit filed by Saudi Arabian citizens against a private Swiss bank that used a New York correspondent bank to receive funds allegedly connected to an extensive bribery scheme.

Weil Hires in Dallas, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 02, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, which experienced an exodus of partners in Dallas last year, has made a key corporate hire in the city. The Am Law Daily looks at that move as well as more departures from Bingham McCutchen and Kirkland & Ellis, tie-ups by DLA Piper and Hinshaw & Culbertson and some prominent lawyers leaving public service in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Greenberg's $25 Billion Case Against U.S. Set for Trial

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : September 02, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government over the bailout of American International Group Inc. moved a step closer to trial last week, as a federal judge denied the government's motion for summary judgment.

Lawyers Who Lead by Example

: New York Law Journal : September 02, 2014

The New York Law Journal announces the 2014 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Geithner's Lawyer Defends Redactions in S&P Litigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : August 27, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is fighting a request by Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC to turn over unpublished notes from his memoir that he considers to be “private, confidential or sensitive materials.”