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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Main Office: 919 Third Avenue, | New York City | NY | 10022
Phone: 212-909-6000 | Fax: 212-909-6836





New York City






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Reviewed on June 14, 2023
Former Employee

Former EmployeeAmazing Legal EnvironmentCorporate Legal Assistant RecommendProsThe total opposite of the horror stories you hear about law firm. It has a great work environment and the professionals are very kind individuals.ConsThere is not a lot of diversity in terms of counsel and partners.

Former Employee


Full time

Reviewed on December 16, 2017
Current Employee

Make sure that can't afford the time aren't pressured to help other people all the time so that they can focus on their work.

If you are ever having a problem with something two or three people likely will offer to help you with it.

You likely will feel pressured to help other people when they are having issues with some problem just like how you got help in the past.

Current Employee



Headline: Take Your Career to the Next Level With Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Attorneys looking for a stimulating and rewarding career will find unparalleled opportunities at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. This premier law firm is known for its market-leading practices, global perspective, and strong New York roots. Over 650 lawyers work together in eight offices across three continents, with integrated global practices. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is committed to providing clients with the highest quality, intensity, and creativity to handle any legal challenge.

Attorneys will benefit from the firm's innovative and strategic approach to problem-solving. Their deep partner commitment and industry expertise ensure that clients receive the best of the firm. The lawyers prioritize understanding their clients’ businesses in order to deliver the most effective and cost-efficient results.

The firm is recognized around the world for its excellence. It was the winner of The American Lawyer’s “10-Year A-List,” and nearly 85% of its partners are recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, or IFLR. It is the perfect place to take your career to the next level and become part of an innovative and successful team. With its culture of collaboration and commitment to excellence, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is the ideal firm for attorneys who want to excel in their field.

Practice Areas

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The firm looks for students whose personal qualities, academic records and other achievements demonstrate exceptional ability, motivation, commercial skills and potential for growth.

Most summer associate hiring is done during August and September. For those students who are invited to the firm's offices for interviews, the Hiring Committee generally makes decisions within 10 days, based on the interviewers' written evaluations, academic and non-academic records, and the firm's overall hiring needs.

Pro bono

The firm's lawyers have been committed to public service ever since the firm was founded in 1931. A strong commitment is a longstanding tradition that is ingrained in the firm's culture. It defines who they are. It is an ethical obligation that the firm is happy to fulfill.

The firm handles many pro bono matters each year and is consistently ranked among the top firms for pro bono work. Debevoise is a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, committing to entrust 5 percent of its billed time to pro bono issues.

Debevoise sources it pro bono work from many areas, prime amongst them being legal service organizations, with whom it has a longstanding associations, such as the Legal Aid Society, Human Rights First and other similar organizations. Some pro bono projects are suggested by the lawyers themselves.

In 2011, attorneys from the firm's U.S. offices performed 51,603.9 hours of pro bono work. 87.4% of the firm's U.S.-based attorneys did pro bono work that year with 59.7% doing 20 or more hours.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

Debevoise and Plimpton is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.

Debevoise has been ranked among the top 10 law firms on the A-List for each of the nine years since the list's inception. The A-List is a ranking of the 20 most elite law firms in the United States, based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono performance, associate satisfaction and diversity.

In 2012, Global Arbitration Review ranked Debevoise 7th in the GAR 30, which ranks the world's most active arbitration practices.

Debevoise ranked in the top tier in both international arbitration and white collar crime in the 2012 edition of the Benchmark Litigation Guide.

Debevoise ranked 12th in "The Vault 100" prestige rankings in the Vault 2012 "Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms."

Private Equity International named Debevoise "Law Firm of the Year (Fund Formation)" in North America and "Law Firm of the Year (Transactions)" in Asia in 2011.

Debevoise was selected by Work Life Matters magazine for inclusion in its list of "Top Companies for LGBT Equality in 2011." The list recognizes companies and law firms at the forefront of ensuring equality in the workplace.

Debevoise received a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2011 Corporate Equality Index. This is the fourth consecutive year that the firm has received a top rating.

Debevoise was named one of the "50 Best Law Firms for Women" by The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and Flex-Time Lawyers in 2011. The initiative, in collaboration with Working Mother magazine, recognizes the achievements of law firms that successfully retain and promote outstanding women of talent.

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Debevoise and Plimpton is dedicated to attracting, retaining and promoting lawyers and administrative staff of diverse backgrounds as the surest way to build the strongest possible firm. The firm has an active and dynamic Diversity Committee that addresses diversity-related challenges in three general areas: mentoring, work opportunity and environment, education and communication.

In addition to the Diversity Committee, Debevoise has a full-time Diversity Manager who coordinates diversity initiatives with the Diversity Committee, the Management Committee and various other constituencies in the firm. The Diversity Manager acts as a resource for all lawyers and staff with respect to diversity.

The firm believes that one of the greatest strengths of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is its community. Debevoise is committed to creating a work environment that values each individual's contributions to the community. It recognizes that it must work together every day to respect the different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of people at the firm and to support all colleagues so they have the ability to develop to their full potential. These values are the foundation of the firm and strengthen its ability to work together as a team so that it can provide its clients with the best legal services available.

Summer associate program

The firm's summer program combines substantial work experience with opportunities to gain broad exposure to the firm. The program is open to those who have completed at least two years of law school and is structured to provide associates with the flexibility to explore as many practice areas as they wish and as time permits. Debevoise endeavors to match work assignments to the associate's stated interests. The firm recognizes these may change during the course of the summer. Not only does the firm accommodate these evolving interests, it encourages the associates to pursue them.

The firm does not want its associates to be enchained in schedules and have, therefore, chosen not to impose an assignment system that "rotates" associates through different areas of the firm; as a result, the summer associate experience can be as broad or as focused in the associate's chosen direction. Some of the associates spend time in the firm's international offices. Debevoise also provides opportunities for placements with public interest organizations to enhance legal experiences and training opportunities.

Each year the firm devotes considerable effort to selecting summer program participants who it believes will be strong additions to the firm after graduation. Historically, because of the high quality of its summer associates, a very high percentage of them have received offers for associate positions. Most return to the firm and build on their experience as summer associates.

Working for the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Working at Debevoise will provide the associates with training and opportunities that expose them to different aspects of the practice and provide them with the best foundation for a successful career.

Debevoise lawyers rank among the finest in each of the firm's core franchise practices, including strategic and private equity M&A, insurance and financial services transactions, private funds, complex litigation/investigations and international arbitration. In addition, cross-border matters tap a distinctive Debevoise capability and we are increasingly in demand for transaction and disputes work in the US, the UK, and Europe, as well as in emerging markets including Asia, Latin America and Russia.


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