Public service is ingrained in the culture of the firm. Since Debevoise’s founding, our lawyers have been committed to using their passion to engage in activities that have a positive impact in our communities. This drive continually expresses itself in many ways.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Partners Mary Jo White, former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (2013-2017), and Andrew J. Ceresney, former Director of Enforcement (2013-2016), returned to the firm in early 2017. Both were partners at Debevoise before serving at the SEC. Mary Jo White is the Senior Chair of the firm and Andrew J. Ceresney is Co-Chair of the Litigation Department.
Partners Julie M. Riewe and Robert B. Kaplan, each a former Co-Chief of the Asset Management Unit of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, are partners in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Debevoise is the only law firm to have a chief of the Asset Management Unit of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement as partner.
Partner Catherine Amirfar returned to the firm in 2016 after serving as a Counselor on International Law at the U.S. Department of State.