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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 2012 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

In the News

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman will be moving its office to 919 Third Ave. Also, SoHo Properties Inc. has recently acquired 49-51 Park Place, the location of a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque in Lower Manhattan.

Inside Chevron's Discovery Campaign in Ecuador

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Through dogged detective work, the oil giant's lawyers pieced together the clues that pointed to fraud in an Ecuadorean court.

S&P Expands Demands for DOJ, Treasury Department Records

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC is demanding that the Justice Department and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner turn over more documents, including communications with President Barack Obama, in the U.S. government's $5 billion lawsuit against the ratings agency.

Top Tax Lawyers Mum on Inversion Debate

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

More than a decade ago, when corporate inversions came under scrutiny, a group of leading New York tax lawyers—headed by a Paul Weiss partner and including partners from Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Cravath—took a principled stand and called for urgent action to stop these deals. Twelve years later, a new wave of inversions has sparked controversy and calls for reform. This time the corporate tax bar's lawyers are silent.

Prudential to Settle Class Action Over Veterans' Death Benefits

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Prudential Insurance Co. has agreed to donate more than $20 million to veterans' charities, and pay $8 million to survivors of veterans and service members who died, to settle a class action that alleged the insurance giant profited by not paying lump sum death benefits to the families.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 06, 2014

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

People in the News - Aug. 6, 2014 - Ex-Assistant U.S. Attorney Leverett Joins Pepper Hamilton

: The Legal Intelligencer : January 06, 2014

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Neuman "Larry" Leverett joined Pepper Hamilton as a partner in the white-collar litigation and investigations practice group, resident in the firm's Philadelphia office.

Cooley Takes on New Shanghai Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

Former Shearman & Sterling Hong Kong counsel Pang Lee has joined the firm's investment funds group.

Summer Heats Up With Media Deals

MP McQueen and Pia Sarkar : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Am Law 100 firms were involved in a number of big media transactions in recent weeks, including the Tribune Media Company's spinoff of its publishing company; E.W. Scripps and Journal Communications' merger and spinoff of digital, broadcast and print operations; and A.H. Belo's sale of The Providence Journal.

August Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Fangda Partners' Road to Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Despite being rooted outside China's largest legal market, the Shanghai-based firm has managed to develop a strong reputation for cross-border work and land big-name clients such as Alibaba.

Cost Recovery Bedevils Law Librarians, Survey Finds

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Firms may soon be forced to throw in the towel on recouping online research costs, our annual librarians survey suggests.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

The Managing Attorneys and Clerks Association Inc. has elected Maura McLoughlin as the association's next president; JAMS neutral Ariel Belen has received the 2014 Kobak Award; the Westchester Women's Bar Association has installed as its 22nd president Lucia Chiocchio, and other news.

Skadden Leads on Banking, Candy Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

After outpacing the Am Law 100 pack for transactional work during the first half of 2014, Skadden has stepped up its game in the third quarter by advising Brazil's BTG Pactual Group on its $1.7 billion buy of Italian insurer Generali's Swiss private bank as well as Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli on its purchase of Russell Stover Candies for a reported $1.4 billion. Skadden also recently advised on an agreement to save struggling retailer American Apparel.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Wall Street firm has assembled a dream team, with an eye on China's rising corporate elite. Is the market ready?

Can't Buy Them Love

Katelyn Polantz : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Washington firms were far behind the richest firms in profits per partner.

Canadian Deals

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

AT&T/DirecTV; Alibaba IPO; Valeant / Allergan

The Careerist: A-Listers, Read This

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

You may be the toast of your profession, but the numbers show you can—and must—do better.

Criminal Division Head Leaving U.S. Prosecutor

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

After heading the Criminal Division for Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for more than two years, Lorin Reisner is leaving the office.

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

LSEG's Big Russell Buy a First for Kirkland

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

The London Stock Exchange Group, one of the oldest and largest stock exchanges in Europe, has tapped Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to advise on its $2.7 billion acquisition of the Russell 2000 stock index from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Skadden and Debevoise & Plimpton are also advising on the purchase, the largest transaction in LSEG's history.

Jazz for Justice

: New York Law Journal : January 25, 2014

Legal Services NYC held its seventh annual Jazz for Justice benefit dinner at Gotham Hall on Monday.

Franchise Agreements Don't Impede Eruv, Court Rules

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 19, 2014

In a fight over whether an eruv can be established in the Hamptons, a judge has ruled that franchise agreements stretching back to 1910 do not restrain Verizon and the Long Island Power Authority from attaching strips of wood or plastic to utility poles, creating symbolic boundaries for certain members of the Jewish faith.

Bingham Adds Beijing Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

Frederick Chang was one of the co-founders of 30-lawyer Chinese law firm FenXun Partners.

Shook Hardy Set to Sublease Hometown Space

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Shook, Hardy & Bacon is downsizing in a Kansas City, Mo., office tower built to house the firm a decade ago. And in seeking to sublease three floors of space in the building where it serves as anchor tenant, Shook Hardy is just the latest Am Law 200 firm to reduce its real estate needs amid an evolving market for legal services.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

Haynes and Boone and Debevoise & Plimpton have added partners, while other firms have named practice group leaders and added counsel.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.