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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 CA, DC and NY.

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

Thompson Says Review Unit Will Take on Non-Murder Cases

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2015

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, speaking at the Presidential Summit at the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association Wednesday, said said the flurry of publicity that has accompanied the 11 murder convictions his office moved to vacate has also produced potentially credible claims of wrongful convictions in non-murder felony cases from defendants, their families and lawyers.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Debevoise Associate Moonlights as Chess Champion

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2015

Alisa Melekhina learned to play chess at 5, competed for the first time at 7 and represented the U.S. in a tournament at 9. Now, at 23, she is among the top 10 women chess players in the country. Meanwhile, as a new associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, she is working on a white-collar criminal investigation—a challenge she says her chess mind has trained her for.


: The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2015

Former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu has made her fourth lateral move in six years.

Court Sides with Costco in 'Gray Market' Fight With Omega

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2015

In a closely watched case about the copyright rights of foreign companies, a federal appeals court has struck down Swiss watchmaker Omega S.A.'s attempt to use U.S. copyright law to block Costco Wholesale Corp.'s sale of its luxury watches.

Hedge Funds Add Top Talent, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2015

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Kirkland & Ellis saw a pair of leading M&A partners depart for new roles on the business side; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Willkie Farr; Skadden snags a leading trusts and estates lawyer; Squire Patton Boggs adds a retired Utah congressman; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Princeton Attorney Receives Fred G. Stickel Award

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 16, 2015

Trishka Waterbury Cecil, of counsel to the Princeton, N.J., law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson, was recently honored by the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys with the Fred G. Stickel Award.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

New Jersey M&A Market Finally Rebounds in 2014

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

It proved to be a strong rebound year in 2014 for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., and dealmaking involving New Jersey corporations was no exception. It's a long-awaited development M&A lawyers chalked up largely to a return of confidence to the marketplace.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Debevoise Hires a Top Justice Dept. Lawyer

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 12, 2015

David O'Neil, a top U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who temporarily led the Criminal Division last year, will join Debevoise as a partner.

Second Circuit Rules Utilities Can Allow Eruv Markers

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2015

It is not a violation of the First Amendment for a utility to contract with a Jewish religious group to allow it to attach strips of wood or plastic to utility poles to create symbolic boundaries for certain members of the Jewish faith, the Second Circuit ruled yesterday.

In-House Counsel Profile: Northwestern Mutual's Raymond Manista

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

"We've invested heavily over the years in building an experienced in-house legal team, capable of handling the bulk of the legal work for the enterprise," says Manista.

Judge Denies Privilege for Fine Case Documents

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2015

A federal magistrate judge has denied Syracuse University's attempt to shield 22 documents related to the allegations against former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine because of attorney-client privilege.

The Asia 50: Growth Spurt

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Our annual survey names the biggest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. This time, we found more law firms embracing ambitious expansion plans.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Billion-dollar transactions in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Nordic countries.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Asia's Biggest-Ticket Recent Transactions

Detroit's Legal and Consulting Fees Reach $178 Million

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 31, 2014

The controversial legal fees that Detroit has incurred as a result of its historic bankruptcy proceedings have been released, and not surprisingly, Jones Day tops the list. The city's lead counsel seeks to take in $57.9 million, the most of any of the hired professionals. Dentons, Miller Canfield, Pepper Hamilton and Debevoise & Plimpton are also on the list.

Order Paves Way for Aereo Asset Sale

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 29, 2014

But the TV broadcasters whose copyright claims drove Aereo into bankruptcy will be paying close attention as bidders pick over the company's carcass.

In Partner Promotions, Boies Schiller Sees Its Future

Brian Baxter and Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 22, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner might be known for big associate bonuses and high-profile courtroom victories, but as its founding partners grow older, the firm is grooming a new generation. Boies Schiller recently promoted nine lawyers to partner, among them counsel Joshua Schiller, the son of the firm's cofounder and current managing partner Jonathan Schiller, and counsel Hampton Dellinger, son of noted O'Melveny & Myers appellate litigator Walter Dellinger III.

Bear Market Continues for Big Firms in Russia

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 19, 2014

Global 100 firms with a major presence in Russia have quietly pulled back from Moscow and St. Petersburg as the country's economy reels from a perfect storm of Western economic sanctions, the ruble's recent collapse and tumbling oil prices.

Consumer-Fraud Suit Over Vegan Mayonnaise Shelved

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : December 19, 2014

Weeks after consumer-products company Unilever made national headlines by suing an upstart company that makes vegan mayonnaise for alleged false labeling, the suit is history.

Unilever Drops False Ad Lawsuit Against Just Mayo

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : December 18, 2014

Unilever, the maker of Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, abruptly dismissed its own false advertising suit against eggless mayonnaise upstart Just Mayo.

Broadcasters Pursue Aereo in Bankruptcy Tug-of-War

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 17, 2014

After driving online TV startup Aereo out of business, the broadcast networks are fighting to lift a hold on litigation stemming from the company's Chapter 11 filing so they can press their infringement claims and secure their pound of flesh.

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wintry Windfall: Cahill Rewards Associates With Bigger Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

The Am Law 100's year-end associate bonus bonanza continued Friday as Cahill Gordon & Reindel once again blew past its competitors by rewarding its junior lawyers with a whopping wintry windfall ranging from $15,000 to $115,000.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 11, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 11, 2014

*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by investors*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key