Working in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a demanding environment for lawyers, and our Washington lawyers work in an atmosphere that achieves the best possible outcome for our clients. We have a truly collaborative culture that puts our clients’ interests first. We negotiate every important issue, fight vigorously for our clients on contentious matters, and work to achieve excellence in every assignment we take on. Our matters are challenging and complex, and we are committed to developing truly exceptional lawyers who are as passionate about client service as we are. Our Washington lawyers share the traits that are reflected in our work product. They are driven, hard-working, solutions-oriented and commercially savvy individuals that make our office the highly successful place that it is.


You come in knowing you can rely on your colleagues' work product and respect their judgment. It's amazing to operate alongside other first-years and have a reasonable degree of confidence in their work, while also working under and learning from people who are very accomplished.


Fast facts about the firm


Global. More than 800 lawyers work in offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world.


We promote from within. Nearly 75% of our partners are homegrown, but our core values and distinctive culture also attract high-caliber laterals.


An intelligent approach. Our team begins each client relationship by first developing a deep understanding of the client’s business. We then pursue each and every matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results.


Teamwork. Debevoise is one of the few firms with a lockstep compensation system for associates and partners. Lockstep economics create a culture of collaboration among all lawyers. Associates and clients benefit because matters are led by partners who are best suited to handle them.


Diverse and inclusive. Debevoise is consistently recognized as one of the leading firms for diversity. We believe that a diverse workforce, where all of our colleagues feel respected, builds a stronger firm, and benefits clients and the wider community. For more about our diversity initiatives, click here.


Pro Bono. Debevoise consistently ranks among the top law firms for pro bono work. Our pro bono work ranges from landmark international and national disputes, to representing low-income individuals and not-for-profit organizations in the communities in which we live and work. For more information about our pro bono initiatives and examples of our work, click here.


Technology. All associates and summer associates are supported with the latest technology. The firm provides an office PC with a large monitor, an iPhone and your choice of laptop or tablet device for connecting to firm systems remotely. Legal software tools and the latest collection of legal research resources are available along with on-demand tutorials covering the firm’s most frequently used applications and techniques. The firm also provides apps for mobile devices that provide access to your Debevoise subscriptions.