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Chambers USA Recognizes 63 Debevoise “Leading Lawyers”
June 18, 2007

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2007 selected 63 Debevoise & Plimpton LLP lawyers as among the country’s leading lawyers in their annual survey of U.S.-based lawyers and law firms. The firm was ranked in the first band in eight practice areas; ten partners were named in the first band of their practice areas (three in two practice areas and two as Star Performers). The 2007 edition of the guide lists over 55% of Debevoise U.S. partners as leaders in their fields.

This year, Mary Jo White, Co-Chair of the firm’s litigation practice and a partner in the firm’s New York office, also received the Chambers Award for Excellence for "White Collar Crime & Government Investigations leading individual." The Chambers Awards for Excellence, which were presented in a ceremony held on June 14, recognize outstanding individuals in 19 practice areas who demonstrated top tier legal skills and dedication to providing the highest possible level of client service. This is the second consecutive year a Debevoise attorney has been honored with this accolade. In 2006 Donald Francis Donovan and David W. Rivkin received the Chambers Award for Excellence for International Arbitration.

Debevoise is ranked in the top band in eight practice areas:

    • Financial Services Regulation: Insurance Regulation (National)
    • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory (New York)
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright (New York)
    • International Arbitration (National)
    • Investment Funds: Private Equity (New York)
    • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)
    • Media & Entertainment: Corporate (New York)
    • Private Equity: Buyouts (New York)

Ten Debevoise partners are ranked in the top band in ten practice areas:

    • Franci J. Blassberg, Private Equity: Buyouts (New York)
    • Margaret Andrews Davenport, Private Equity: Buyouts (New York)
    • Donald Francis Donovan, International Arbitration (National) and International Arbitration: Arbitrators (National)
    • Wolcott B. Dunham Jr., Financial Services Regulation: Insurance Regulation (National)
    • W. Neil Eggleston, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Washington, D.C.)
    • Michael J. Gillespie, Media & Entertainment: Corporate (New York)
    • Michael P. Harrell, Investment Funds: Private Equity (New York)
    • Bruce P. Keller, Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright (New York) and Media & Entertainment: Copyright & Contract Disputes (New York)
    • David W. Rivkin, International Arbitration (National) and International Arbitration: Arbitrators (National)
    • Mary Jo White, Financial Services Regulation: Securities (Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations) (New York)

Two Debevoise partners are named Star Performers:

    • Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory (New York)
    • Mary Jo White, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)

One Debevoise partner is named Senior Statesmen:

Four Debevoise partners are named Up-and-Coming Lawyers in five practice areas:

    • Andrew J. Ceresney, Financial Services Regulation: Securities (Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations) (National) and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)
    • Peter J. Irwin, Real Estate (New York)
    • Kevin M. Schmidt, Private Equity: Buyouts (New York)
    • Gregory H. Woods III, Banking & Finance (New York)

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has over 650 lawyers, including more than 135 lawyers in Europe.




     
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