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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

At a Glance

Uppers

“The compensation is market. The matters are high quality. The firm has a good reputation and it looks good to future employers. The partners are generally impressive. There have been opportunities to build skills.”

“The culture is genuinely supportive. Debevoise manages to strike the right balance between expecting excellence from its associates, while also caring for associates' happiness and wellness.”

Downers

“The hours can be long and unpredictable, and it can be easy to feel lost in such a large organization.”

“Lack of feedback, clarity on performance and opportunities for advancement.”

About Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton ranks as one of New York’s most powerful law firms, representing high-profile clients in transactions and disputes in established and emerging markets around the world. The firm’s core franchise practices include strategic and private equity, M&A, insurance, financial services transactions, fund formation, complex litigation, white collar/investigations, and international arbitration. 

Good Genes

Eli Whitney Debevoise—a direct descendent of the inventor of the cotton gin—and William E. Stevenson founded their firm in New York in 1931. Debevoise wasn’t the only one with an interesting background; Stevenson was a gold medalist on the 1,600-meter relay team in the 1924 Olympics. Francis T.P. Plimpton, whose name graced the masthead starting in 1933, was the father of famed journalist and writer George Plimpton.

A+ All Around

Debevoise’s corporate department remains its largest, with M&A and private equity leading the charge. Its lawyers consistently lead transactions for some of the world’s most prominent corporations, financial services institutions, and private equity firms. The firm has particularly strong experience with complex leveraged acquisitions and cross-border transactions across a wide range of industries. Debevoise is a leader in the representation of private equity firms and in fundraisings and deal activity for those firms and their portfolio companies, providing “one stop shopping” for private equity and financial sponsor clients. The firm’s Financial Institutions group possesses deep knowledge of the financial services industry and has experience counseling financial services clients on complex banking, insurance, securities broker-dealer, and investment management matters. 

On the litigation side, the firm boasts one of the premier and most active white collar practices in the country, representing clients in the U.S. and abroad involved in criminal and SEC investigations and litigation, as well as in parallel civil and administrative proceedings. The firm also has a strong international arbitration practice through which it handles a large number of significant international arbitrations, including treaty and other public law arbitrations. The firm’s intellectual property team is stellar, covering trademark, trade dress, false advertising, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, patent, First Amendment, information technology, domain names, and right of publicity. The IP team also includes a highly regarded Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Career Resources

Debevoise lawyers have a chance to get back to business during their first few weeks at the firm—business school that is. The firm offers a three-week Mini-MBA program focusing on business and finance education. Faculty directors are sourced from Columbia Business School and Training The Street—an organization that provides training programs to Wall Street analysts—and Debevoise lawyers serve as faculty as well.

Of course, the firm doesn’t only focus on getting associates on their feet practice-wise. It also offers resources for associates to develop their career goals, including an internal career counselor and a Professional Development group that provides informal mentoring.

COVID-19 Update

During the current pandemic, virtually all of our lawyers have been working remotely, and the firm is operating smoothly. We continue to focus on meeting the needs of our clients while building a strong and diverse community of lawyers, which includes supporting law school students seeking a rewarding and purpose-driven career in the legal profession. We are currently planning to host a range of recruiting events this coming year, online or in person (in line with guidance from health authorities) and look forward to introducing Debevoise to the next generation of lawyers.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Led Discovery in the acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction, which reshaped the media industry by creating one of the world’s largest content companies. The combined entity is valued at approximately $130 billion, making this the single largest U.S. M&A transaction of 2021 and one of the two largest in the world (per Refintiv).
  • Successfully represented online brokerage Robinhood in multiple investigations by the SEC and FINRA relating to its best execution practices and payment for order flow as well as class actions relating to how the company earns revenue, its actions during an exchange-imposed stock trading stoppage, and other aspects of its operations.
  • In a multiyear pro bono project involving more than 100 lawyers, Debevoise represents prisoners serving unduly harsh sentences resulting from outdated mandatory sentencing provisions that were disproportionately invoked against men of color. To date, the initiative has shaved more than 1,100 years from more than 30 inmates’ sentences and continues to take on new clients. 
  •  Advised Global Infrastructure Partners in the formation of a record-smashing $22 billion infrastructure fund, attracting a global roster of investors.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Practice Group of the Year (International Disputes Resolution, Investment Management/Fund Formation, M&A and White Collar Groups), 2022—Law360
  • “A-List” 2021—The American Lawyer
  • International Arbitration Firm of the Year, 2022, 2021—Benchmark Litigation
  • PE Dealmaker of the Year (Large Cap) and Most Innovative Deal of the Year (Middle Market), 2021, The Deal Awards
  • 100% Ranking and designated one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality”, 2022— Corporate Equality Index

Why Work Here

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently.

Deep partner commitment, industry experience and a strategic approach enable us to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. We draw on the strength of our culture and structure to deliver the best of our firm to every client through true collaboration.

Approximately 800 lawyers work in ten offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. Our lawyers prioritize developing a deep understanding of the business of our clients. We then pursue each matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results.

We are committed to serving our clients through excellence in lawyering. We receive numerous accolades and awards recognizing this commitment and the firm’s market prominence worldwide.

Debevoise is also recognized as one of the leading firms for diversity. We believe that a diverse workforce, where all of our colleagues feel respected, builds a stronger firm, and benefits clients and the wider community.

The firm’s culture fosters a collaborative approach across disciplines and regions, and, as a result, clients benefit from the dedication, cohesiveness and superior quality that we bring to all of our work worldwide.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 909-6000

Firm Stats

Presiding Partner: Peter Furci
Hiring Partner: Nicole Levin Mesard
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2022:
8

Base Salary

U.S. offices
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $425,000
Summer Associate: $4,150/week

Employment Contact

Sandra E. Herbst
Director of Legal Recruiting
(212) 909-6657
seherbst@debevoise.com
General Recruiting email: recruit@debevoise.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC
San Francisco | Frankfurt
Hong Kong
London
Luxembourg
Moscow
Paris
Shanghai

Major Departments

Corporate
Litigation
Tax
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.