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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 615
  • Gross Revenues: $757,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,230,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,625,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 $757,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 41st on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 DC, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, NY, Paris and Shanghai.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 41 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 41 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

Freshfields Under Scrutiny as Alibaba Deal Falls Foul of Hong Kong Securities Regulator

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : May 25, 2016

Legal advisers' role referenced as Alibaba's $171 million acquisition of healthcare company is criticized for breaking takeover rules.

The Lawyers Behind the 0.1 Percent

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Inside the clubby world of the trusts and estates bar, which is making a resurgence at some firms.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Litigator Sees City Bar Presidency as a Great Opportunity

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : May 19, 2016

John Kiernan, a Debevoise & Plimpton partner and the newly minted president of the New York City Bar Association, views the position as the capstone of his lengthy involvement in the bar and pro bono activities and the "greatest opportunity to play a role in the collective voice of lawyers in the legal capital of the world."

Defense Bar Celebrates Excellence

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : May 18, 2016

The Defense Association of New York honored former Eastern District judge John Gleeson, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton; Lawrence Knipel, the administrative judge for civil matters for the Second Judicial District; New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Saalam; and Thomas Maroney, a partner at Maroney O'Connor on Monday.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

In Bankruptcy, Flat Is Fine

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

A lack of volatility in bankruptcy lawyers' billing rates, evidenced by a collection of almost 3,000 attorney fee disclosures in bankruptcy records, have calmed practitioners.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 11, 2016

Debevoise & Plimpton had promoted five attorneys to partner, and Mayer Brown and Kirkland & Ellis have added new partners.

Former Head of Brooklyn Law Joins Schlam Stone

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : May 09, 2016

Joan Wexler, the former president of Brooklyn Law School who was the school's first female dean, has joined litigation boutique Schlam Stone & Dolan as of counsel.

Finding of 'Rehabilitation' After Insurance Fraud Sentence

Evan H. Krinick : New York Law Journal : May 06, 2016

In his Insurance Fraud column, Evan H. Krinick writes: Generally speaking, once a prison sentence for insurance fraud is imposed, everyone moves on. Everyone, that is, except the defendant, who is tarred with the conviction forever. In an unusual and rare case decided by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson just days before leaving the bench, Judge Gleeson refused to simply "move on," instead fashioning a creative remedy to address the situation.

Lucky 33: Weil Scores a Bankruptcy Hat Trick

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 06, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis may have cornered the market on debtor-side cases for troubled energy clients, but Weil, Gotshal & Manges snagged roles this week on three other recent Chapter 11 cases of note for Aéropostale, CHC Group and Fairway.

Debevoise, Carter Ledyard Hired in Fundraising Probe

Andrew Keshner/Associated Press : New York Law Journal : May 06, 2016

The New York City Law Department has contracted with Debevoise & Plimpton and Carter Ledyard & Milburn to represent the city during probes into Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign fundraising operations and a land deal connected to a health care facility.

Deal Watch: Five Firms on Call for $9 Billion Health Services Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 05, 2016

The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.

Sidley Austin Takes Four-Lawyer India Practice Team from Jones Day

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : May 04, 2016

Capital markets partner Manoj Bhargava joins in Singapore with one counsel and two associates.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 04, 2016

Seven firms announce new additions, the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office has appointed Taryn Merkl as acting deputy chief of its criminal division, and attorneys Jennifer Keough, Neil Zola and David Isaac have formed JND Legal Administration to administer large-scale class actions, bankruptcy and mass tort cases.

Panel Refuses to Legalize 'Aid in Dying' Procedures

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : May 04, 2016

Advocates of "aid-in-dying" lost a bid to exempt the practice from state laws banning assisted suicide when the First Department unanimously rejected their claims Tuesday.

Scheindlin Assumes New Roles at JAMS, Stroock

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 02, 2016

Shira Scheindlin, a Southern District judge who shaped e-discovery standards and became well known for her rulings in stop-and-frisk policy, will become an arbitrator and mediator for JAMS and of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

On the Move

: New Jersey Law Journal : April 28, 2016

Carroll McNulty Promotes Two. Chief Counsel to NJ AG Joins Kelley Drye. Clark Hill Adds Two to National Banking and Finance Practice. Fox Rothschild Names Managing Partner.

Growth Slows at Largest New York Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 26, 2016

Revenue and profit growth cooled at most of the largest New York law firms in 2015 after several years of rapid growth.

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Big Suits

Amanda Bronstad, Scott Flaherty and Jenna Greene : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council; Sanofi SA Securities Class Action; Suture Express v. Cardinal Health; In re DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Product Liability Litigation

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

A Low-Growth Year for Many of Wall Street's Elite

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Mixed signals in the financial sector and the end of recession-related litigation held profits down in New York.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Shareholder Suit Proceeds Against Winged Foot Golf Club

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 15, 2016

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit against the famed Winged Foot Golf Club alleging fraudulent conduct in its treatment of shareholders of a for-profit holding company that owns the 280-acre Westchester property.

German Merck Hits Back in US Merck's Trademark Suit

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : April 15, 2016

The German drugmaker Merck KGaA has denied claims by the Kenilworth-based Merck & Co. that it has infringed on the American company's trademark.

Life Goes On for Lawyers After Bank Regulators Reject 'Living Wills'

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 15, 2016

Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there's still time for a do-over.

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gleeson Expungement in 'Doe' Is Put to the Test at the Circuit

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : April 08, 2016

Prosecutors urged a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's expungement grant to an unemployed woman, while her attorneys said it would be a mistake for the court to depart from its existing case law on when judges were allowed to blot out convictions.

Judge Eschews Perjury Referral in Insider Trading Case

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 06, 2016

A federal judge will not refer for a possible perjury prosecution a man whose plea allocution in an insider trading criminal case contradicted his testimony in a parallel civil proceeding.