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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

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 20, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 20, 2014

*HSF leads $1.2 billion transfer of power assets within state-run China Huaneng Group*Allen & Overy, Ashurst on $2.8 billion financing of Indonesian natural gas project*Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Hastings on Samsung SDS's $1.1 billion IPO in Korea

HD SUPPLY: In-House Legal Work

Mary Welch : Daily Report : November 20, 2014

When HD Supply moved to its headquarters beside Cumberland Mall, the executive team located to the secure 17th floor—all except its senior vice president and general counsel Ricardo Nuñez. He opted to have his office on the 14th floor with the rest of his team.


: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Unilever Faces Blowback in Mayonnaise False Ad War

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 17, 2014

Evidence that Unilever altered its website to buttress false advertising claims against Just Mayo provoked a new round of bad press—and possibly ammunition for Boies Schiller to fight the company's preliminary injunction bid.

Freshfields Helps Hachette Strike Deal With Amazon

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 14, 2014

After months of sparring, Hachette Book Group and agreed Thursday to let the New York-based publisher set its own prices for e-books. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer represented Hachette, while Amazon handled the matter in-house.

Toyota Presses For Sanctions Over Confidential Discovery Docs

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : November 13, 2014

Even though a translator who allegedly leaked confidential discovery documents from litigation against Toyota Motor Corp. says she has removed those materials from the public domain, the carmaker says she should still face civil sanctions.

Military Class Objectors Insist They Weren't Ripped Off

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : November 12, 2014

In an uncommon twist, more than half the objectors to a pending class action settlement aren't complaining that class members would get too little in the $39 million deal with Prudential Insurance Co., or that the plaintiffs' attorneys would get too much.

Boies Schiller, Debevoise Square Off in Mayo False Ad Fight

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 11, 2014

Boies Schiller's Josh Schiller says Unilever's false advertising suit against the maker of Just Mayo is nothing more than "a transparent attempt" to drive away competition from best-selling mayonnaise brands Hellmann's and Best Foods.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Debevoise Recruits HSF Asia Managing Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 07, 2014

Disputes lawyer Mark Johnson will retire to join the New York firm in Hong Kong.

Suit Claims Vegan Mayonnaise Not The Genuine Article

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : November 07, 2014

Multinational consumer goods maker Unilever has filed suit in federal court in Newark, N.J. against an upstart maker of vegan mayonnaise, claiming its condiment is falsely labeled because it contains no eggs.

Expert Ordered to Comply In Toyota Lawsuit Leak Probe

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : November 04, 2014

A federal judge has ordered a plaintiffs expert in the litigation over Toyota's sudden-acceleration defect to comply with a demand to explain how confidential discovery materials were leaked into the public domain.

Going Above & Beyond

: New York Law Journal : November 04, 2014

Sanctuary for Families last week presented the organization's 12th annual Above & Beyond Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy.

Malaysia Won $1.2B Arbitration Against Singapore

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 03, 2014

The Southeast Asian neighbors both agreed to accept the decision and proceed with the development delayed for 20 years.

Translator Refutes Toyota's Contempt Motion in Leaks

Amaris Elliott-Engel : The National Law Journal : October 29, 2014

A translator who allegedly leaked confidential discovery documents from litigation against Toyota Motor Corp. says she should not be found in contempt because she has removed all those materials from the public view.

Special Report: Big Law's Reality Check

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Amid generally flat revenue but rising partner profits, four fundamental changes are roiling the legal marketplace. Is your firm prepared?


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : October 29, 2014

Schulte Roth & Zabel has made a continued commitment to 919 Third Ave., signing a large renewal with SL Green Realty Corp.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Defamation Suit Revived Against Syracuse Basketball Coach

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014

The state Court of Appeals reinstated a defamation suit Tuesday against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim for criticisms he leveled at two former Syracuse ballboys who accused his friend and top assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them.

After 'Terror' Conviction Upset, Man Found Guilty

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2014

Almost two years after the Court of Appeals said Bronx prosecutors incorrectly invoked anti-terrorism laws in a gang member's case, another jury has found the man guilty on retrial.

Documents From Investigation of Coach Must Be Disclosed

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2014

Documents related to Syracuse University's 2005 investigation into molestation allegations against former basketball coach Bernie Fine are not shielded from disclosure in a lawsuit filed by Fine's wife as attorney work-product, a federal magistrate judge decided.

Associates Class of 2014: H-L

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The highlights the state's up-and-coming attorneys in the Associates Class of 2014.

Covington Gets Qualcomm Call, Loses Two Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 16, 2014

Wireless technology company Qualcomm tapped Covington & Burling to advise on its proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of CSR, a British chipmaker known for its Bluetooth technology. At the same time, the firm saw two top litigators handling Deepwater Horizon-related oil spill work for BP depart its Beltway base for Kirkland & Ellis.

John Kiernan

Len Maniace : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

John Kiernan's pro bono work has taken him as far as Mississippi for a civil rights case against that state's attorney general and as close as northern Manhattan, where he represented tenants and squatters who were forcibly evicted.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

Am Law 100 Firms Capitalize on Big Pharma Deals

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell, Latham, McDermott and Sidley Austin advised on Impax Laboratories' purchase of Tower Holdings for $700 million. Sullivan & Cromwell also counseled Endo International on a separate pharmaceutical deal in which the company agreed to pay $2.6 billion for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, itself advised by Morgan Lewis and Willkie. Meanwhile, Debevoise and Wilmer took the lead on a third transaction in the pharmaceutical sector, this one worth $675 million.

MatlinPatterson Fends Off $55 Million Arbitration Award

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : October 05, 2014

The fund's lawyers at Simpson Thacher persuaded a judge to rule for the second time that MatlinPatterson never agreed to arbitrate pricing disputes over a $320 million Brazilian airline industry transaction.

Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen mulls a merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a key factor in clinching any deal will be the participation of certain rainmakers. The Am Law Daily has a look at those individuals, some of whom have left the firm, and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200, such as significant acquisitions by Armstrong Teasdale in Denver, Fox Rothschild in Dallas and Quarles & Brady in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Debevoise & Plimpton to Add Hong Kong Law Capability

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 30, 2014

After 20 years of advising clients on the New York and English law aspects of their business in Asia, the firm is setting up a local law practice in Hong Kong as well.

Holder Leaves His Imprint on Major Cases in New York

Mark Hamblett and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 26, 2014

Eric Holder Jr. on Thursday said he will resign from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he has served since 2009 as the country's first black attorney general.