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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 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 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

IN BRIEF: City Held in Contempt

: The National Law Journal : May 18, 2015

A federal judge has held the city of Atlanta in contempt and imposed sanctions for its failure to meet the terms of a settlement with a woman arrested by police while she filmed them arresting her neighbor. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Circuit Reverses Vacatur in Securities Fraud Case

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : May 18, 2015

A federal appeals court overturned a judge's decision to vacate the conviction of a broker's assistant in a securities fraud case where some of her former superiors with greater roles were ultimately conviction-free.

Cardozo Appoints First Female Dean

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : May 15, 2015

Melanie Leslie will become the new dean of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the first woman and the first Cardozo graduate to fill that role. She is currently vice dean and a law professor at Cardozo, where she has taught since 1995.

William Matteson, Former Debevoise Leader, Dies at 86

: New York Law Journal : May 13, 2015

William Matteson, a retired business and corporate law partner with Debevoise & Plimpton who at one time held the post of presiding partner, died on Saturday.

2015 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : May 11, 2015

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 50 young lawyers chosen as 2015 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges.

Reduced to Scrap, Aereo Makes Peace With Broadcasters

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : May 08, 2015

Three years after Aereo Inc. first rattled the broadcast television industry with its online TV streaming service, the company's copyright battle with the nation's major networks is finally over.

Am Law 100 Analysis: The Year's Hottest Markets

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : May 08, 2015

Most Am Law 100 firms had solid results in 2014, but some sector bets paid off especially well.

Dealmaker of the Year: E. Whitney Debevoise of Arnold & Porter

: The American Lawyer : May 07, 2015

Debevoise was part of a working group that helped the International Capital Markets Association to develop a new sovereign bond model.

Deal Watch: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on $4 Billion Outsourcing Company Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 30, 2015

A merger between a pair of international outsourcing and consulting companies tops the list of billion-dollar deals this week, with Paris-headquartered Capgemini agreeing to acquire iGate, based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, for $4 billion.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : April 29, 2015

Bloomberg LP has agreed to lease 254,556 square feet at 919 Third Ave. Also, Adobe Systems Inc. has signed a 10-year lease for nearly 30,644 square feet at 100-104 Fifth Ave. in Union Square.

Don't Count on Anonymous Tips

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

U.S. methods for internal investigations don't always translate well into German.

As German Enforcement Gets Tougher, Demand for Compliance Advice Grows

Tania Karas : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

A crackdown on corruption, antitrust violations, and other corporate offenses have set alarm bells ringing in German boardrooms. Which law firms are best positioned to respond?

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 22, 2015

Announcements from Reed Smith, White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton, Nixon Peabody, Winston & Strawn, Sidley Austin and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office.

Cleary Scores for Greece in Bondholder Dispute

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 13, 2015

Greece's lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton defeated a treaty arbitration brought by a Slovak bank seeking to avoid a steep haircut on $533 million in Greek bonds.

Freshfields, Linklaters on DBS's Billion-Dollar Partnership with Manulife

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : April 09, 2015

The two companies have struck an exclusive agreement that would see DBS sell Manulife's insurance products through the bank's 200 branches in Asia.

Insider Trading Suit to Proceed

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 08, 2015

Two men who were spared criminal insider trading charges under the Second Circuit's 2014 ruling in 'United States v. Newman' will face a civil enforcement action after a federal judge found a lower level of intent, recklessness, was enough to sustain charges by the SEC.

Initial Emails Back Binding Agreement Claim, Panel Finds

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 06, 2015

Three emails exchanged between a CEO and an employee was enough to support a claim that a binding employment agreement had been reached two months before the company cut ties with the employee, a split First Department panel ruled Thursday.

Deal Watch: Four Am Law Firms Advise on UnitedHealth's $12.8 Billion Catamaran Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more features UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s $12.8 billion acquisition of Schaumburg, Illinois-based pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Sullivan & Cromwell, Blake, Cassels & Graydon and Squire Patton Boggs advised UnitedHealth in the transaction, while Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie worked on behalf of Catamaran.

Morning Wrap: Menendez Fights Indictment With $1.2 Million Legal Defense

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez now faces federal criminal charges because of his involvement with a political donor, an eye doctor from Florida: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.

Withers Grows in Asian Divorce Capital Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 30, 2015

The U.K. private client boutique has made an unrivaled push into the region to capitalize on a fast-growing population of high-net-worth individuals in China, Singapore and other top jurisdictions.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

New Leader Sets Agenda for the Bar Without Borders

Dirk Olin : The National Law Journal : March 25, 2015

When David Rivkin was growing up on the West Side of Manhattan during the early 1960s, it was a far sketchier place than the collection of elegant hotels and chic cafes that line its streets today.

HSF's Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia offices in recent months.

Amid Defections, McDermott Adds Practice Head, Eyeing Future Growth

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

Nearly four years to the day after McDermott Will & Emery took on the entire private client practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the former has hired Holland & Knight's international private client practice leader Leigh-Alexandra Basha in Washington, D.C. The move comes as many Am Law 200 firms have reevaluated their private client and trusts and estates practices, and as McDermott braces for some other partner departures.

Robinson & Cole Picks Up Data Protection Group Head

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2015

Robinson & Cole has poached privacy and data protection group head Linn Freedman from Nixon Peabody. Freedman will lead Robinson & Cole's newly formed privacy and security data team, following in the footsteps of a number of Am Law 200 firms that have made hires in a practice area that barely existed several years ago.

King & Wood Mallesons Taps Longtime HSF Partner in Hong Kong

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : March 18, 2015

Gary Lock, a 15-year veteran of Herbert Smith Freehills and one of its top capital markets partners in Asia, has joined King & Wood's corporate and securities team.


: The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lawyer Is Censured for Email Saying Juror 'Hijacked' His Case

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : March 13, 2015

The email, sent to a fellow lawyer who had served as forewoman of a jury that ruled against Frank Panetta's client, began: "After numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and success beyond anything you will ever attain in your lifetime, I will never forget you: the bloated jury [forewoman] that I couldn't get rid of and that misled and hijacked my jury."