Recognition

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

“Debevoise is a class act from start to finish. They are available for their clients at all times and the speed of response is phenomenal.”

- Chambers Europe 2019

The immediate past SEC Chair and Director of Enforcement rejoined our litigation and white collar team, which also includes 14 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys or Senior Department of Justice Attorneys.

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Eight Debevoise partners were recognized as among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation 2018.

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For the 2nd consecutive year, Debevoise was ranked 1st in the “Best Law Firms for Diversity” list by Chambers Associate 2018.

 

Recognized as one of the “60 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother 2018

“They are very strong, strategic and extremely thoughtful. They’re unusually smart, which above all else distinguishes them. ”

- Chambers Global, 2019

“A real powerhouse. They can handle complex matters better than almost anyone else and they’re hard to beat.”

- Chambers Global 2019

   

Firm

Asia Business Law Journal
At the 2018 Asia Business Law Journal Awards, Debevoise was awarded “Deal of the Year” for our role in advising long-standing client AIA Group (AIA) on the extension of its bancassurance distribution partnership with PT Bank Central Asia (BCA) in Indonesia.

The American Lawyer
Debevoise was named to The American Lawyer’s 2018 “A-List,” a list that the firm has been on every year since it was created. Our score increased in almost all categories, including an eight-point spike in women equity partners. Since 2008, 41% of Debevoise lawyers promoted to partner have been women.

The American Lawyer Global Legal Award Winner
At the 2017 American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards, Debevoise was recognized in the “Global Dispute of the Year: Transnational Litigation” category. We also were recognized in the “Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations (Europe)” category for advising on the landmark Rolls-Royce investigation and resolutions.

Benchmark Litigation

2019 and 2018 Firm of the Year

Debevoise was named the 2018 and 2019 Benchmark Litigation “White Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations Firm of the Year.”


Arbitration Firm of the Year

Debevoise is recognized by Benchmark Litigation as “International Arbitration Firm of the Year” for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.


Benchmark Litigation European Awards
We were recognized at the inaugural Benchmark Litigation European Awards, with two of our cases being named amongst the “Impact Cases of the Year.”

Burton Award for Legal Writing
In 2019, Debevoise won a Distinguished Law Firm Award for the “Long-Term Capital Management: A Retrospective” article written by of counsel Paul L. Lee.

Chambers & Partners

Chambers Global 2019

15 Debevoise lawyers earned Band 1 rankings and the firm received Band 1 rankings in the following 13 categories:

  • Arbitration (International) – Global-wide
  • Arbitration (International) – Latin America-wide
  • Arbitration (International) – USA
  • Corporate Crime & Investigations – USA
  • Corporate Investigations – Global-wide
  • Corporate Investigations – Latin America-wide
  • Dispute Resolution – Global-wide
  • Insurance – Global-wide
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – USA
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity – Asia-Pacific Region
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity (International Firms) – China
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation – USA
  • Public International Law – Global-wide

Chambers USA 2019

Debevoise was named “Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year” at the 2019 Chambers USA – New York Awards for Excellence.


Debevoise was named “Firm of the Year”: Corporate Crime at the 2019 Chambers USA ‒ District of Columbia Awards.


15 Debevoise lawyers are ranked in more than one practice area. 10 of our lawyers earned Band 1 rankings with 4 ranked Band 1 in more than one practice area.


The firm earned Band 1 rankings in the following 10 categories:

New York

  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Media & Entertainment: Corporate

Nationwide

  • Corporate Crime & Investigations
  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
  • International Arbitration
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Securities: Regulation

Chambers USA 2018

12 Debevoise lawyers earned Band 1 rankings and the firm received Band 1 rankings in the following 8 categories:

  • Corporate Crime & Investigations
  • Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
  • International Arbitration
  • Investment Funds: Private Equity: Fund Formation
  • Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Media & Entertainment: Corporate
  • Securities Regulation: Enforcement

Chambers USA 2017

Debevoise’s Finance Group was named the recipient of Chambers USA’s 2017 “Finance Client Service Award.”


Chambers Latin America 2019

Chambers Latin America ranked nine Debevoise lawyers for their exceptional work in the Latin American market and the firm’s Latin America Group also achieved top rankings in the Corporate Crime & Investigations, Corporate/M&A and International Arbitration categories.


China Business Law Journal
Debevoise was recognized by China Business Law Journal in the insurance and reinsurance category.

The Deal
Debevoise was recognized by The Deal with the following awards:
  • 2019 Technology, Media and Telecom Deal of the Year
  • 2018 Entertainment/Media Lawyer of the Year
  • 2018 Private Equity Deal of the Year

Financial Times
In the 2017 FT North America Innovative Lawyers Special Report, Debevoise was ranked as “Highly Commended” in the Driving Value category

Global Arbitration Review
Debevoise was named among the GAR 30, Global Arbitration Review’s list recognizing the world’s busiest international arbitration practices.

Latin Lawyer 250
Debevoise continues to be ranked among recommended international law firms in the 2018 Latin Lawyer 250, a guide to the leading business law firms of Latin America.

Law360

Practice Groups of the Year


2018

Debevoise’s Private Equity and Capital Markets Groups named among Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year.”


2017

Debevoise’s Asset Management, Banking and Insurance Groups named among Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year.”


2016

Debevoise’s Private Equity and Insurance Groups named among Law360’s “Practice Groups of the Year.”


The Lawyer
Debevoise has been consistently named amongst the top 50 US firms in London in the annual report from The Lawyer.

National Law Journal
Debevoise was named to The National Law Journal’s 2015 and 2016 “Intellectual Property Hot List.”

M&A Advisor

2017 Deals of the Year


Professional Services (B-to-B) Deal of the Year for advising on the preferred stock investment in Roadrunner Transportation Systems.


Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year ($10MM to $25MM) for the restructuring of Big Apple Circus.


Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $1B to $5B) for the advising on the reorganization of CHC Group Limited.


Restructuring Community Impact Deal of the Year for advising on the preferred stock investment in Roadrunner Transportation Systems.


Managing Intellectual Property

In 2015, Managing Intellectual Property recognized Debevoise in the “Milestone Case of the Year: U.S. Supreme Court” category for the firm’s work in American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo.


Private Equity International

2017 Law Firm of the Year

Debevoise named “Fund Formation Law Firm of the Year” in North America and Europe by Private Equity International.


2016 Secondaries Deal of the Year EMEA

Private Equity International awarded Debevoise Secondaries Deal of the Year EMEA for advising HarbourVest Partners in its £806.6 million acquisition of the investment portfolio of SVG Capital, a publicly listed investment fund. The acquisition followed an initial £1,015 million takeover offer by HarbourVest Partners for SVG Capital.


Transatlantic Legal Awards
At the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards, Debevoise was awarded “Litigation Team of the Year” in recognition of our work advising on the litigation following Nortel Networks entering into administration in 2009.

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000
Debevoise received several top-tier gold rankings in the 2018 edition of WTR 1000, including ranking in the top tier overall in the United States and in New York in the “Enforcement and Litigation” category.

Our Lawyers

The American Lawyer
In 2018, partner Jeremy Feigelson was named a “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer’s Litigation Daily.

A History of Dealmakers of the Year

  • 2016: M. Natasha Labovitz for her role in advising Altegrity Inc. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • 2014: Steven J. Slutzky for his role in advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its $49 billion bond offering, the largest-ever corporate bond issue.
  • 2011: John M. Vasily for his role in advising American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and AIA Group Limited (AIA) in AIG’s disposition of AIA, culminating in AIA’s initial public offering and listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
  • 2009: Jeffrey J. Rosen for his role in advising Verizon Wireless Inc. in its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel Corporation.
  • 2008: Paul S. Bird for his role in advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, The Carlyle Group and Bain Capital Partners in their $8.5 billion acquisition of HD Supply, The Home Depot’s wholesale distribution business.
  • 2007: Jeffrey J. Rosen for his role in advising International Paper on the $6.6 billion sale of 5.7 million acres of U.S. timberland.
  • 2006: Franci J. Blassberg for her role in advising Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc., The Carlyle Group and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity in their acquisition of The Hertz Corporation for $15 billion.

The Asian Lawyer All-Stars
The inaugural Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards recognized Andrew M. Ostrognai and E. Drew Dutton, two partners from Debevoise’s Hong Kong office, as “Individual All-Stars.”

Benchmark Litigation

2019 Antitrust Litigator of the Year

Partner Ted Hassi was named “Antitrust Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation 2019.


2018 Hall of Fame Award

Senior Chair Mary Jo White was inducted into the Benchmark Litigation “Hall of Fame” in 2018.


Top 250 Women in Litigation

In 2017 and 2018, eight Debevoise women litigation partners were among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S., according to Benchmark Litigation, which noted that Debevoise is “armed with the highest number of top 250-level female talent of any competing New York firm.”


International Arbitration Attorney of the Year

Partner Mark W. Friedman was named 2017 and 2016 International Arbitration Attorney of the Year by Benchmark Litigation.


Chambers Latin America
In 2019, Chambers Latin America ranked nine Debevoise lawyers for their exceptional work in the Latin America market: Donald Francis Donovan, Mark W. Friedman, Michael J. Gillespie, Gregory V. Gooding, Maurizio Levi-Minzi, Andrew M. Levine, Dietmar W. Prager, David W. Rivkin and Bruce E. Yannett.

Crain’s

In 2019, Debevoise partner Mary Jo White was named to Crain’s New York Business 2019 “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” list. The biennial list highlights New York women with extraordinary influence, impact and power in banking, the arts, healthcare, technology and law, among other areas.

In 2018, Debevoise partners Jennifer L. Chu and Rebecca F. Silberstein were named to Crain’s list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City.”

In 2017, Debevoise partners Mary Beth Hogan and Helen V. Cantwell were named to Crain’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City.”

Cybersecurity Docket
In 2019, Debevoise litigation partners Luke Dembosky and Jim Pastore were named to Cybersecurity Docket’s “Incident Response 30” list, the publication’s annual list featuring the 30 top data breach response lawyers in the U.S. Debevoise was one of the few firms to have more than one lawyer named to the list. Lawyers named to the “Incident Response 30” have established themselves as the first call for companies hit with a cyberattack or other data security incident.

Law360

Five Debevoise Partners Recognized as “Rising Stars” in 2018 and 2017

Law360 named Sue Meng as a Rising Star in 2018 and Jonathan Adler, Andrew M. Ahern, Courtney M. Dankworth and Jim Pastore as Rising Stars in 2017.


MVPs

Three Debevoise Partners Recognized as 2018 MVPs

Law360 named Andrew L. Bab, David A. O’Neil and Kevin M. Schmidt as 2018 MVPs.


Three Debevoise Partners Recognized as 2016 MVPs

Law360 named Shannon Rose Selden, Gregory J. Lyons and Kevin Rinker as 2016 MVPs. Ms. Selden was selected in the asset management category, Mr. Lyons in the banking category and Mr. Rinker in the private equity category.


The Legal 500 EMEA
Patricia Volhard, a partner in the Debevoise Frankfurt office, was recognized by The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 as a Leading Individual for Investment Funds: Germany and Private Equity – Transactions: Germany.

LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards
Debevoise partner Jane Shvets won the “Best in White Collar Crime” award at the 2019 LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

New York Law Journal

Lifetime Achievement

Debevoise Senior Chair Mary Jo White was selected by the New York Law Journal as a 2017 Lifetime Achievement honoree in recognition of her accomplishments and impact on the legal community and the practice of law.


NYLJ Rising Stars: A History of Rising Stars

Litigation Trailblazer 2016

John S. Kiernan was named a “Litigation Trailblazer.”


Private Equity International
Debevoise partner John Rife was named by Private Equity International to its “Future 40,” a list of private equity professionals set to shape the industry over the next decade.

Private Funds Management
In 2017, Jonathan Adler was named among the most influential private equity lawyers under 40 by Private Funds Management.

Securities Docket’s Enforcement 40
In 2017, partners Robert B. Kaplan and Jonathan R. Tuttle were named to Securities Docket’s inaugural “Enforcement 40,” a list of the 40 leading securities enforcement defense attorneys in the industry.

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000

Debevoise lawyers received top-tier gold rankings in the 2018 edition of WTR 1000:

Partner David H. Bernstein ranked in the top tier both nationally and in New York for “Enforcement and Litigation.”


Partner Jeremy Feigelson ranked in New York for “Enforcement and Litigation.”


Pro Bono

Pro Bono Partnerships and Clients

In 2018, we were recognized by the following partner organizations and clients for our commitment to providing access to justice and the breadth of our pro bono practice:

  • The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. Recognition at the Celebration of Pro Bono Excellence for two crucial submissions to the international criminal court.

  • Her Justice. Received Law Firm Award.

  • The International Bar Association. Group Member Award for outstanding pro bono contributions and dedication to the organization’s eyeWitness project.

  • The Legal Aid Society. Pro Bono Publico Award for ensuring equal access to justice through immigration work.

  • Stupid Cancer. Named Corporate Honoree for pro bono work supporting the organization and its mission to empower, support and improve health outcomes for the young adult cancer community.

  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Outstanding Achievement Award for successful pro bono representation of our client, an asylee from El Salvador, in her wrongful termination suit.

  • WNYC. Pro Bono Leadership Award in recognition of more than 15 years of extraordinary advice and legal service.

Immigration Equality

IE named Debevoise a pro bono honoree at their annual Safe Haven Awards. IE noted that this year’s honorees “have demonstrated exemplary support for Immigration Equality and our clients. They have gone above and beyond to ensure LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants are empowered and protected.”

We have been representing clients referred by Immigration Equality since 2004. In that time, more than 100 Debevoise lawyers and staff have had the privilege of helping their clients find sanctuary in the United States after facing danger and oppression in their home countries.

Getting Out and Staying Out

Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) named Debevoise its “Corporate Partner of the Year.” GOSO is regarded as one of the most effective reentry programs in NYC helping formerly and currently incarcerated young men gain work experience, education and life skills.

Federal Bar Council

Debevoise associate Anna Domyancic was named a recipient of the 2019 Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service in the “Rising Star” category by the Federal Bar Council.

Diversity

Vault
In 2019, we ranked 11th in the “Best 25 Law Firms for Diversity” Vault Survey.

AmLaw Diversity Scorecard
In 2019, we ranked 11th of 225 in the AmLaw Diversity Scorecard.

Chambers Associate
In 2018, and for the second consecutive year, Debevoise ranked #1 in the Chambers Associate “Best Law Firms for Diversity” list.

Corporate Equality Index (CEI)
In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, Debevoise was awarded a perfect score once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in its annual ranking of LGBT employment policies, designating the firm one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

Working Mother
In 2019, Debevoise was recognized as one of the “60 Best Law Firms for Women” and was named a Hall of Fame honoree by Working Mother. Hall of Famers have made the list at least 10 times.