Women of Debevoise

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The Women of Debevoise

Over the past 80 years, Debevoise has been a leader in promoting the development of women in the legal profession. Our strong collaborative culture and flexible policies have given rise to several generations of women leaders—and will ensure the growth of those to come.

The numbers speak for themselves: More than half of our U.S. associates are women and, since 2008, 41% of promoted partners have been women. Further, Debevoise does not have a second tier or non-equity partnership. Each and every one of our women partners, whether recently promoted or more senior, is a full equity partner of the firm and receives identical compensation to every male partner in her class.

Leadership

Debevoise women are distinguishing themselves in the top ranks of our firm leadership and in the legal community at large by providing world-class client service and leading important business relationships.


Mary Jo White

  • Senior Chair of the Firm
  • Leader, Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group
  • Former U.S. Attorney for the SDNY
  • Former Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Former Director, The Nasdaq Stock Exchange

Maeve O’Connor

  • Co-Chair, Securities Litigation Practice
  • Chair, Insurance Litigation Practice
  • Former Member (for six years), Management Committee
  • Co-Chair, Global Talent Initiative
  • Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council

Mary Beth Hogan

  • Co-Chair, Litigation Department
  • Member, Board of Directors, Catalyst
  • President, Board of Directors, Nazareth Housing
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Armory Foundation

Maura Kathleen Monaghan

  • Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Group
  • Co-Chair, Healthcare Group
  • Member, Torts Drafting Committee, Multistate Bar Exam
  • Member, Board of Directors, Advocates for Children
  • Member, Advisory Board, Feerick Center for Social Justice
  • Member, Friends of the Pelham Public Library
  • Recording Secretary and Board Member, Fordham Law Alumni Association

Nicole Levin Mesard

  • Chair, Hiring Committee
  • Member, Management Committee
  • Co-Chair, Global Talent Initiative
  • Deputy Chair, Corporate Department
  • Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School

Catherine Amirfar

  • Member, Management Committee
  • President-Elect, American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Co-Chair, ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration
  • Former Counselor, International Law, U.S. Department of State
  • Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Rebecca F. Silberstein

  • Co-Chair, Private Equity Group
  • Chair, Private Investment Funds Committee, New York City Bar Association 2018-2021
  • Chair, 2019 IBA Annual Conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds
  • Former Co-Chair, Investment
  • Funds Committee, International Bar Association

Hon. Lorna Schofield

  • Retired Debevoise Partner
  • Judge, U.S. District Court, SDNY
  • Former Chair, Litigation Section, American Bar Association

 

Community

 

In recognition of the importance of a vibrant community of women, as well as a strong pipeline of women leaders at the firm, Debevoise has developed several resources to support women.

 

Women’s Resource Group

 

The Women’s Resource Group organizes social events throughout the year to provide networking and mentoring opportunities, and sponsors panels and activities called “Tools of the Trade” and “Mind & Body.”

 

Debevoise Women’s Review

 

The Debevoise Women’s Review is a website featuring original stories relevant to women and men committed to gender diversity, including interviews with trailblazing women, essays inspired by personal experiences, advice pieces for women navigating their careers—and more. Since launching in spring 2016, nearly 100 Debevoise lawyers have participated, contributing articles and serving in a variety of editorial and other roles.

 

 

The Next Generation

 

With our most senior generation of women partners beginning to retire, we remain focused on fostering the next generation of women leaders at the firm. To this end, Debevoise has developed a pipeline program for women lawyers.

 

Flexibility

In 1994, the firm broke industry ground when a female associate on a part-time schedule was promoted to partner. Today, Debevoise has promoted a number of women to partnership while on maternity leave.

Debevoise’s market-leading and long-standing policies on childcare and part-time and flex-time schedules are available to all lawyers. Our primary childcare leave policy provides a total paid leave benefit of 20 weeks to any associate, counsel or partner who gives birth and is the child’s primary caregiver. The firm also provides a technology allowance that helps associates, particularly those who have adopted flexible or part-time arrangements, to work from home. All associates working part-time are provided with laptops to support their work needs.