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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 615
  • Gross Revenues: $675,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,100,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,075,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -2

Debevoise & Plimpton is a New York-based firm. With $657,000,000 in gross revenues in 2010, the firm ranked 36th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms. Debevoise & Plimpton has been in the top 50 of the annual Am Law 100 rankings since 1986. In terms of size, the firm ranked as the 53rd largest law firm in the United States with 674 attorneys in offices worldwide, according to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings. In the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide, Debevoise ranked as the 42nd highest grossing law firm. Debevoise & Plimpton's practice areas include bankruptcy and restructuring, corporate governance, finance, healthcare, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and tax. The firm has a second U.S. office in Washington, D.C., and international offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 42 -2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 42 -2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 57 -4 Lawyer head count
The A-List 8 -3 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 20 -12 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 41 -15 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 16 7 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 87 -20 Summer programs

In the News

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Dealmakers of the Year: Standout Lawyers in Tough Times

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

The lawyers behind the most innovative corporate work, plus the details of the transactions they negotiated.

Bank of America Settles Up With New York AG, FHFA

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 27, 2014

Federal and state litigation stemming from the 2008 financial crisis continues to keep corporate attorneys and C-suites busy, and now it's Bank of America's turn to settle up.

Kirkland Partner in the Running for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Washington, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision.

Winners and Losers

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The title says it all.

Judge Approves Toyota Criminal Penalty

Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : January 21, 2014

Toyota's misleading statements presented a "reprehensible picture of corporate misconduct" as it failed to properly protect consumers from unexpected acceleration in its vehicles, a judge said as he nevertheless accepted a deal that lets the Japanese automaker escape prosecution with a $1.2 billion penalty.

Inadmissible

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Short takes on lawyers, law firms and judges.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Jenner & Block and Debevoise & Plimpton advised The Hertz Corporation on the company's spin-off of its equipment rental business to shareholders in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Pull Away

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

A year after making only slight financial gains, a group of New York–based firms made up of some of The Am Law 100's most profitable members put even more distance between itself and the rest of the pack in 2013, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

DOJ Warns Automakers: Don't Repeat Toyota's Mistake

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 19, 2014

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay a $1.2 billion financial penalty to settle a fraud charge related to misleading statements about the safety of its cars to the public and regulators, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Study Advocates Immediate Reform for Ethics Watchdog

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Albany's chief ethics watchdog commission has failed to fulfill its primary mission—to stem corruption by public officials and restore New Yorkers' trust in government, according to a study released Friday.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Seven firms have announced promotions and new hires, and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution has added to its board of directors.

Ex-Sidley Partner's Slide Into Receipt Scam Detailed

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Why would prominent art world attorney Ralph Lerner risk his reputation by improperly charging hundreds of personal car service rides to client accounts? In thousands of pages of documents contained in his public discipline file, the outlines of an explanation begin to emerge.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Debevoise Profits Soar as Revenue Rises Modestly

Christine Simmons and Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Debevoise & Plimpton had a successful 2013 on all financial fronts, with gross revenue increasing by 1.9 percent, to $688 million, and profits per equity partner soaring 11.3 percent, to $2.31 million.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Q&A: Daniel Wiig and Rosa Castello

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 24, 2014

Law schools may offer a host of legal skills courses, but one devoted solely to practicing in New York's Commercial Division? Not so much--until this year, when St. John's University School of Law introduced a new, upper-level, one-credit course called, "Litigation in New York's Commercial Division."

Q&A: Jennifer R. Cowan

Jeff Storey : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The Debevoise & Plimpton litigator led a team of lawyers who used a novel argument to secure the release of Ibrahim Idris, one of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay the firm represented, who was reunited with his family in his native Sudan in December 2013.

Conspiracy and the 'Indefinite Payments' Doctrine

Sean Hecker, Andrew M. Levine and Steven S. Michaels : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Sean Hecker and Andrew M. Levine, partners at Debevoise & Plimpton, and Steven S. Michaels, counsel at the firm, discuss the holding in 'United States v. Grimm' and address its importance to FCPA conspiracy prosecutions that form an important component of FCPA enforcement.

White-Collar Crime

: New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, : "The Strike Force Approach to Combatting Health Care Fraud," "The Rise of the Civil Money Laundering Prosecution," "Conspiracy and the 'Indefinite Payments' Doctrine" and "The Role of Kovel Accountants in White-Collar Criminal Cases."

DOI Nominee Says History Shows His Independence

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Ask attorney Mark Peters if he would hesitate to break ranks with close friend and political ally Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's top watchdog, and he will mention David Paterson.

New York Sees Growth in Partner Promotions

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

A survey of New York's largest firms shows a slight uptick in the number of lawyers promoted to partner last year. The number of new partners firmwide at remained almost even from the number in 2012.

N.Y. Fed Prevails on Claim Against Bailout of AIG

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A federal appellate court has rejected a claim by former AIG chief executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's Starr International that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York breached its fiduciary duty by bailing out AIG during the height of the financial crisis in 2008.

Debevoise Knocks Out Greenberg Suit Over AIG Bailout

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 29, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, has reached a dead end in his company's $25 billion lawsuit alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's takeover of AIG was unlawful.

Am Law Trio Advises on KKR's $2.3 Billion Insurance Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's corporate lawyers grabbed a spot across the negotiating table from longtime client KKR on Monday, advising two private equity firms on the $2.3 billion sale of insurance claims processor Sedgwick Claims Management Services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher has also snagged a role for Sedgwick, while Latham & Watkins is representing KKR.

Banks, Icahn Beat Claims by Herbalife Short-Seller

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

In a stinging rebuke for short-seller and legal activist Daniel Ravicher, a judge on Tuesday dismissed claims that billionaire Carl Icahn and three major banks propped up an alleged pyramid scheme at the nutritional supplements company Herbalife Ltd.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

New additions and promotions at fourteen firms.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Japanese brewer and distiller Suntory has reached a deal to buy Beam, the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, in a cash deal worth roughly $16 billion, including the assumption of debt. Also, specialty pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories said last week it has agreed to pay $2.9 billion in cash to acquire Aptalis Pharma.

Secretary Did Not Libel Law Firm, Judge Rules

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

A Manhattan judge has found a legal secretary's critical remarks about her former employer that were published in a newspaper are protected from a libel claim, even if she made the comments before filing suit against the firm.

Hanna, Failed Supreme Court Nominee, Is Approved for Morris Co. Judgeship

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The New Jersey Senate confirms seven nominees to the Superior Court, including Robert Hanna, whose long pending state Supreme Court candidacy expires this month for lack of advice and consent.

Circuit Refuses to Vacate $120 Million in Awards

Julie Triedman : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Adriano Giannetti Dedini Ometto had argued that the award should be tossed because the arbitration panel's original chairman didn't disclose that his colleagues at Debevoise worked on deals involving Ometto's adversary in the case.

Litigator of the Week: Henry Weisburg of Shearman & Sterling

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : January 09, 2014

Weisburg preserved a $120 million win for his client, and protected the reputation of Debevoise's David Rivkin as an arbitrator to boot.

Am Law 100 Trio Lands Roles on $2.9 Billion Pharma Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Forest Laboratories is acquiring Aptalis Pharma, a pharmaceutical company backed by private equity firm TPG that makes treatments for cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders. Debevoise & Plimpton is advising Forest on the acquisition, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is serving as financing counsel. Aptalis and TPG have turned to Ropes & Gray.

Winner, General Litigation Department of the Year: Debevoise & Plimpton

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The 43 litigation partners at Debevoise produced two $25 billion results, a pair of trial defense wins worth $3.5 billion apiece, and the biggest investor-state award in arbitration history. No other firm can match their record for our contest.

6 Steps to Improve Mobile App Privacy

Min Lee : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

What exactly should a mobile app developer do to stay on the right side of increasing pressure to protect user data?

Failed N.J. Supreme Court Nominee Bound for Trial Bench, With Others

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Robert Hanna, whose New Jersey Supreme Court nomination has been stalled for a year and is about to expire, is a candidate for a Superior Court seat.

How We Picked The Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer's Editor In Chief explains who won the Litigation Department of the Year competition and why.

New Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2014

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals being announced involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close.

IP Cases From 2013 That Are Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 02, 2014

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

Cover Story: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : January 01, 2014

While the U.S. economy struggled to return to health over the last two years, big-ticket litigation was clearly a countercyclical buffer. And these litigators at The Am Law 200 were front and center.

Intellectual Property Cases Won in 2013 Worth Bragging About

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : January 31, 2013

It's worth looking back at some of the decisions that got the IP bar buzzing in 2013. Although the list is far from definitive, here are a handful of cases that had winning lawyers popping champagne corks early.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

A slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles in 2013—and made news while doing so.

The American Lawyer's Newsmakers of 2013

Ross Todd, Hillary Flynn, and Emily Barker : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2013

Change is good—at least that's what wew're told. Last year was a good one to test this proposition, as a slew of lawyers found themselves in new, sometimes unexpected roles—and made news while doing so.

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

Debevoise, Linklaters on $4 Billion Bancassurance Deal

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2013

Hong Kong's AIA Group Ltd. and New York-based retail lender Citibank N.A. have agreed to an insurance distribution agreement that will cover 11 markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Ex-A&O, Bingham Partner Gets 17 Years for Child Porn Plea

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

Former Allen & Overy and Bingham McCutchen partner Edward De Sear was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to federal child pornography and sex trafficking charges. De Sear, who admitted to sexually molesting a young boy in a Brussels hotel in June 2011 after arranging for the youth to travel there from Paris, was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the victims of his various crimes.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Take Star Turns on WME's IMG Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2013

Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and private equity backer Silver Lake Partners tapped Paul Weiss and Simpson Thacher, respectively, for counsel on their winning bid to acquire sports agency powerhouse IMG Worldwide from Forstmann Little & Co., which is being advised by Akin Gump and Kilpatrick Townsend as the private equity firm liquidates its portfolio.

HSF Seoul Co-Managing Partner Departs for Debevoise

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2013

Tony Dymond is returning to London after just eight months leading Herbert Smith Freehills' Korea team.

The Churn: Brown Rudnick Takes Paris, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2013

Brown Rudnick opens a Paris office and brings on California's state treasurer to work part-time; BuckleySandler hires a lawyer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; and Debevoise & Plimpton poaches the cohead of Herbert Smith Freehill's Seoul office.

Deal of the Week: Sysco Corp. Gobbling Up US Foods in $8.2 Billion Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

Houston-based food-service company Sysco Corp. turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Arnall, Golden & Gregory for its pending acquisition of US Foods in a deal valued at about $8.2 billion.

Am Law 100 Trio Advises on AIG's $5.4 billion Aircraft Deal

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2013

AIG is selling its aircraft leasing subsidiary to Netherlands-based AerCap Holdings for $5.4 billion in cash and stock. Debevoise & Plimpton advised AIG while O'Melveny & Myers represented its subsidiary, International Lease Finance Corporation. Meanwhile, AerCap tapped Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Netherlands firm NautaDutilh for counsel.

Dealmakers of the Week: Wachtell's Brownstein and Roth

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth led the Wachtell team advising Sysco Corporation on its $8.2 billion purchase of rival food distributor US Foods from two private equity firms.

Cahill Tops Cravath Bonuses; Others Reward Top Billers

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Cahill Gordon & Reindel told its associates Friday that they will receive bonuses this year that range from $10,000 to $25,000 above the market scale established by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Kaye Scholer and Schulte Roth & Zabel, meanwhile, plan to treat their highest-billing associates to bonuses beyond the $10,000-to-$60,000 standard.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Sysco Corporation said Monday it will buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal worth $8.2 billion once assumed debt is factored in. Also, SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to sell its SAC Re reinsurance arm to an investor group led by former Marsh & McLennan CEO Brian Duperreault.

Jordan Defense Lawyer Continues Attack on D.A. Team

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 12, 2013

Another month, another twist in the pretrial saga of Gigi Jordan. Last week, the defense, which had accused the initial lead prosecutor of wide-ranging misconduct, moved to recuse the new lead prosecutor, whose wife works for the firm that represents Jordan's ex-husband in an action accusing her of defamation.

L'Oreal Anti-Wrinkle-Cream Suits Survive Dismissal Motion in N.J.

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 11, 2013

A federal judge has refused to dismiss putative class actions alleging that L'Oreal made outlandish claims about its anti-wrinkle products, such as that they 'boost the activity of genes' and 'stimulate cell regeneration.'

Haynes and Boone Helps Sears CEO Slash Stake in Retailer

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2013

Haynes and Boone is advising ESL Investments, a hedge fund controlled by Sears CEO Edward Lampert, on the reduction of its stake in the retail giant, which is seeking to sell off its Lands' End and Sears Auto Center businesses in an effort to cut costs and pay down debt.

Four Firms Feast on $8.2 Billion US Foods Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2013

Sysco Corporation has agreed to buy rival food distributor US Foods in a deal that includes $4.7 billion in assumed debt. Wachtell and Arnall, Golden & Gregory are advising Sysco, while US Foods has turned to attorneys at Simpson Thacher and Debevoise.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

Five Firms Handle M&A Work for Lloyds, Goldman

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

Lloyds Banking Group, the British banking giant created via a financial crisis-driven merger in September 2008, has tapped Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills for the $1.1 billion sale of its asset management unit to Aberdeen Asset Management in a deal that will create Europe's largest fund manager. Meanwhile, Weil is advising Goldman Sachs on its $900 million purchase of an events services business.

Newsbriefs—What Women Want (and Don't Want)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 19, 2013

Internal Investigations

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Considerations for Handling Congressional Investigations," "Designing an Effective Global Investigation," "Privilege Protections for Compliance Efforts" and "Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Investigations Pose Challenges."

Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Investigations Pose Challenges

Frederick T. Davis, Antoine F. Kirry and Mark P. Goodman : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Frederick T. Davis, Antoine F. Kirry and Mark P. Goodman of Debevoise & Plimpton write: Trans-border criminal investigations can pose different kinds of problems depending on whether there is a single investigating authority (often the U.S. Department of Justice), or if the investigating authorities in more than one country are simultaneously involved. It is important to identify key variables in both situations necessary to develop an effective strategy.

INADMISSIBLE: Tension Mounts as D.C. Circuit Picks Fail

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2013

Georgetown law professor Cornelia Pillard is the third D.C. Circuit nominee to get caught up in the politics of the U.S. Senate. Plus more in this week's column.

Judge Dismisses Allegations of Falsity Against Debevoise

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Debevoise & Plimpton has won dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an ex-client that claimed partner Daniel Abuhoff falsely testified about a potential conflict of interest and his trial experience during Debevoise's prosecution of a fee action.

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Latham & Watkins global chair and managing partner Robert Dell is retiring at the end of 2014, ending a two decade-run atop of one of the world's largest law firms.

Latham's Dell to Retire at End of 2014

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 11, 2013

Zachary Smith joins Moore & Van Allen's bankruptcy and financial restructuring team as partner in the Charlotte office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Confirmation of Woods Fills Last Southern District Spot

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 06, 2013

The U.S. Senate Monday confirmed Department of Energy general counsel Gregory Woods to the federal bench.

BlackRock, Fidelity Face Initial Risk Study By Regulators

: Bloomberg : January 06, 2013

BlackRock and Fidelity Investments will be studied by U.S. regulators who are in the early stages of reviewing whether asset managers pose a potential risk to the financial system, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2013

Verizon/Vodafone; Amgen/Onyx; Microsoft/Nokia

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

Loeb & Loeb gains an advertising specialist; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton hires a new pro bono partner; and a longtime Treasury Department lawyer joins Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Legal Sector Gained 1,100 Jobs in September

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

According to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal industry added positions for the third consecutive month in September. Tuesday's report also showed that through the first three quarters, 2013 is the sector's strongest year on the employment front since 2009.

Legal Dept. Pilots American Airlines Through Rough Skies

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2013

While helping their company emerge from bankruptcy proceedings, American Airlines Inc.'s General Counsel Gary Kennedy and his legal department have faced a U.S. Department of Justice challenge to American's plan to merge with US Airways, in addition to multibillion-dollar litigation.

Obama Nominates Johnson to Lead Homeland Security

Alicia A. Caldwell : The Associated Press : January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated the Pentagon's former top lawyer to help craft the nation's counterterrorism policy as secretary of the Homeland Security Department, suggesting a shift from the department's emphasis on immigration and border security.