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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 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

Am Law Firms Go Big on $160 Billion Pfizer-Allergan Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 23, 2015

If 2015 is the year of the deal, Pfizer's $160 billion merger with Allergan looks like it'll be the deal of the year for a small army of M&A lawyers.

Are Women Allergic to Power?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : November 23, 2015

Women partners push back against a new study's findings.

Morning Mashup: Morgan Stanley Takes One to the Jury; White's 'Earth to Mary Jo' Moment

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : November 22, 2015

For the first time in a decade, Morgan Stanley tried a case to verdict in front of a real, live jury. What happened? Also, results from Alix's litigation survey; SEC head Mary Jo White gets personal; and a letter to the editor.

Big Deals: Cravath and Gibson Dunn Represent $12.2B Marriott Purchase of Starwood

Scott Mayerowitz : The Associated Press : November 19, 2015

Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 19, 2015

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

Justice Department Rebuts Judge Kozinski's Criticism of Prosecutors

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 16, 2015

In a rare public war of words, top officials at the U.S. Department of Justice are pushing back against recent criticism about prosecutors' ethics from Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world's largest hotel company.

Fantasy Sports Companies Challenge AG Ban in Court

David Bario and Jake Pearson : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2015

Court papers filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday show FanDuel and DraftKings are both seeking a judge's ruling on the legality of their business after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the companies cease-and-desist letters Tuesday, charging the games were in violation of state gambling laws.

Top White House Lawyer Pushes Obama Criminal Justice Agenda to Conservative Crowd

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : November 12, 2015

W. Neil Eggleston, President Barack Obama's top lawyer, pitched the White House's support for the reduction of nonviolent drug offenders' prison sentences to a conservative audience Thursday, emphasizing the bipartisan nature of the issue and the role of state and congressional legislation.

All Lawyered Up, Fantasy Sports Companies Take On NY AG

David Bario : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015

With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York's attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.

Deal Watch: Amid Sidecar Sale, Dozen Firms Toast Beer Megamerger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 12, 2015

Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.

Big Deals: Debevoise Advises Activision in $5.9B Purchase of Candy Crush

Tom Murphy : New York Law Journal : November 12, 2015

Activision Blizzard, which owns the extraordinarily successful "Call of Duty" series, will pay $5.9 billion to buy Candy Crush maker King Digital Entertainment, combining a console gaming power with an established player in the fast-growing mobile gaming field.

The Guantánamo Bar: Jennifer Cowan

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : November 11, 2015

Winning release for detainees by focusing on new evidence, not constitutional argument.

Cooley Wins DOJ Settlement Over Judge's Iranian-American Ties

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2015

With help from a group of Cooley lawyers, Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor successfully challenged an order that she recuse herself from cases involving Iranian nationals.

Deal Watch: Wachtell, Linklaters Charge Up on Big Visa Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2015

The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 05, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Fenwick Helps Crush $5.9 Billion Deal

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 03, 2015

Dublin-based game company behind Candy Crush bought by Activision Blizzard.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty and Gina Passarella : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

United States v. General Motors; Federal Trade Commission v. Steris; In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation; EM v. Banco Central De La Republica Argentina; Gomez v. Tyson Foods; Acosta v. Tyson Foods

Guantanamo: Down to the Wire

Kim Kleman : The American Lawyer : November 01, 2015

In Obama's final months, the "Gitmo bar" doubles down.

Sanctuary for Families Awards

: New York Law Journal : October 29, 2015

Sanctuary for Families presented a leadership award to Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, New York City's senior advisor on gender equity, at its 13th annual Above & Beyond Pro Bono Awards. The organization also recognized firms for providing pro bono staffing to New York City's Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.

Goodwin Procter Latest Am Law 100 Firm to Earn ISO Security Certification

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : October 28, 2015

The firm, like a small number of others, was audited to ensure it complies with the global standard that demonstrates its security level on stored data.

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2015

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie's white-collar practice and head of the firm's New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : October 27, 2015

Among other achievements and appointments, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association has honored Henry Miller of Clark Gagliardi & Miller with a lifetime achievement award, Outten & Golden partner Wendi Lazar has been appointed to the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and Labaton Sucharow partner Edward Labaton has received the Alliance for Justice's Champion of Justice Award.

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Turns to Academia for SEC Picks

: The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

President Barack Obama turned to academia last week to fill a pair of seats on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, nominating George Washington University Law School professor Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. Plus more in this week's column.

Witnesses to Justice: Confronting the Rwandan Genocide

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : October 26, 2015

For 15 years, Shearman & Sterling sent legions of associates to support the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.The firm wins the Global Legal Award for lifetime citizenship work.


: The National Law Journal : October 26, 2015

Lateral moves in this week's column.

City Bar Nominates Kiernan as Its Next President

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : October 23, 2015

The New York City Bar Association has nominated John S. Kiernan, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, as the next president of the city bar. If elected at the city bar's annual meeting on May 17, 2016, Kiernan would succeed Debra Raskin.

Judge Reduces Damage Award in Steam Pipe Explosion Case

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : October 22, 2015

The judge presiding over about 90 cases arising out of the 2007 Lexington Avenue steam pipe explosion cut by two-thirds the nearly $12 million in damages awarded to a severely injured woman, finding it "deviate[s] materially from what would be reasonable compensation."

Suit Seeking to Protect 'Aid-in-Dying' Doctors Is Dismissed

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2015

The plaintiffs—terminally ill patients, five medical professionals and the advocacy group End of Life Choices New York—sought a declaration that physicians who assist mentally competent terminally ill patients to die are not criminally liable under existing state statutes and an injunction to prohibit prosecution.