Commercial Litigation

A Premier Commercial Litigation Practice


When The American Lawyer named Debevoise its 2014 “Litigation Department of the Year,” it likened the team to “the Army Rangers – a small but elite group that works seamlessly and handles the most challenging cases.”

The Debevoise Commercial Litigation practice is one of the strongest in the industry, consistently delivering outstanding results for its clients. Since 2013, it has achieved a $25 billion dismissal for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; two trial defense wins – for Bristol-Myers Squibb and for American Airlines – totaling $7 billion; and victories, dismissals and resolutions at every stage of litigation – a record that prompted The American Lawyer to note that “no rival of any size could match the magnitude of Debevoise’s recent litigation results.”

The group is stacked with broad-gauged litigators known for their judgment, business savvy and strategic advice. The team handles cross-border and domestic disputes of every kind across a diverse range of industries, including securities and derivative actions, contract disputes, products liability and mass torts, antitrust, insurance disputes, bankruptcy, environmental litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment, professional liability, and matters involving corporate governance. That depth of experience allows Debevoise litigators to serve regularly as trusted advisers and advocates on matters that defy categorization but pose great challenges to clients and their businesses. Debevoise lawyers have advised both boards (and board committees) and senior management at critical crossroads. They have truly become advisors of choice in the face of substantial economic or reputational exposure.

Debevoise commercial litigators bring personal attention, deep industry knowledge and substantive legal experience to each matter, tailoring advice to clients' needs and circumstances in a manner calculated to achieve the best possible result in each case.

When defending claims, the Commercial Litigation practice has an exceptional record of avoiding the most costly aspects of litigation by prevailing at the motion-to-dismiss stage; but where a case does proceed to discovery and trial, seasoned trial lawyers, including career defense lawyers, former Assistant U.S. Attorneys, former Assistant District Attorneys and British barristers, bring decades of experience and great credibility to the project.

The Commercial Litigation team is collaborative at every level, working across the firm with co-counsel and with clients to achieve the best results in the toughest matters.