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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

U.S. Prosecutor Joins Firm's White Collar Practice

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : March 04, 2015

Sarah Coyne, chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as counsel in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.

Law Firms to Form Cybersecurity Alliance

Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 04, 2015

As pressure to strengthen defenses against security breaches increases, at least five firms are working to form an alliance that would allow them to ultimately share information with each other about cyber threats and vulnerability. The group, which includes Sullivan & Cromwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Allen & Overy and Linklaters, will be affiliated with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Fried Frank and Paul Hastings Poach IP Heads, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 03, 2015

Patterson Belknap and Shearman & Sterling lose a pair of IP practice leaders; Cadwalader rebuilds in Houston; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Friedman Defamation Claim Against Rice Is Dismissed

Jeff Storey : New York Law Journal : March 02, 2015

A defamation lawsuit filed by Jesse Friedman against Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and two information officers over a report that said he was disciplined in prison for writing and distributing pornographic stories has been dismissed by a Nassau County judge.

Milbank Adds Euro Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 01, 2015

Milbank expands in London and Frankfurt; Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani loses a top sports lawyer, but picks up more than a dozen others in Pittsburgh; Barclays and Deutsche Bank raid big firms for two in-house legal chiefs; Cadwalader brings on a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Debevoise on $4B Asian Private Equity Fund

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 27, 2015

Hong Kong-based Baring Private Equity Asia has raised the second-largest fund in the region since KKR's $6 billion fund in 2013.

Dealmaker of the Week: Alison Ressler of Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 27, 2015

A corporate partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, Ressler advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in its $10.1 billion acquisition of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Debevoise's Chess Star

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

The New York firm's youngest associate, Alisa Melekhina, heads to the U.S. Women's Chess Championship.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Advise Valeant on $10.1 Billion Buy of Salix

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : February 26, 2015

Our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $10.1 billion; Asahi Kasei Corp.'s buy of Polypore International Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion; and a merger between silicon producers Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals Inc. for a combined value of $3.1 billion. Latham & Watkins advised on the most number of deals, with four, while Sullivan & Cromwell led the way in terms of transaction value.

Big Deals

Alex Veiga : The Associated Press : February 26, 2015

Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has agreed to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for about $10 billion in cash.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 25, 2015

Goldberg Segalla announces several promotions, while Stroock, Reed Smith, Latham & Watkins, Cozen O'Connor and Debevoise have new additions.

Howard Law Punches Above its Weight Class in Placing Grads

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 24, 2015

The 50 law schools that send the most graduates into associate jobs at the country's largest law firms have something in common—each stands among the Top 100 law schools in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. With one notable exception: Howard University School of Law.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 17, 2015

Matthew Biben, former general counsel of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, has joined Debevoise & Plimpton; class action boutique Sanford Heisler is now named Sanford Heisler Kimpel to include partner Kate Kimpel; and more announcements.


: The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

DLA Piper Adds Another Partner to Asia Corporate Team

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : February 08, 2015

Melody He-Chen joins in Hong Kong after three years at Morrison & Foerster.

Am Law 100 Firms Tune In For RadioShack Bankruptcy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 05, 2015

The music finally stopped at RadioShack late Thursday, as Jones Day grabbed a lead role for the 94-year-old consumer electronics retailer as it began bankruptcy proceedings in Delaware. The Fort Worth-based company has agreed to sell 1,500 stores to Sprint and hedge fund shareholder Standard General in a Chapter 11 case that's also yielded roles for Debevoise & Plimpton and Pepper Hamilton.

Deal Watch: Am Law Firms Advise on Pfizer's Bid for Hospira

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

This week's roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more includes Am Law firms working on a $15.2 billion pharmaceutical transaction between Pfizer and Hospira; a $10.54 billion telecom deal between Frontier and Verizon; a $7.3 billion asset sale by building material manufacturers Holcim and Lafarge; and a $6.3 billion merger between Staples and Office Depot.

'Aid-in-Dying' Suit Attempts to Prevent Physician Prosecutions

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : February 05, 2015

Attorneys for a group of terminally ill patients have sued the state attorney general and several district attorneys in an effort to prevent the prosecution of physicians who provide assistance in dying to terminally ill, mentally competent patients.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : February 03, 2015

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

New York Promotions Remain Steady, While Firmwide Numbers Increase

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 02, 2015

The number of New York lawyers promoted to partner at the largest law firms in the state is holding steady, while several firms are increasing partner promotions firmwide.


: The National Law Journal : February 02, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Clear Connection

: Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

Verizon's new general counsel is ready to answer the call; and other in-house Moves.

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.

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.