Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky is of counsel in Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. Her practice focuses on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits and corporate governance matters, including advising boards and their compensation committees with respect to compensation and disclosure matters, addressing tax and benefits issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions and on the design, negotiation and implementation of employee agreements, equity-based incentive and other compensation programs for public and private companies, financial sponsors, management groups and individual executives. Ms. Pagel Serebransky also advises clients on compensation-related corporate and securities law matters, including analyzing and complying with applicable SEC registration, reporting and disclosure requirements.

Ms. Pagel Serebransky is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2020), where she is noted for her “incredible amount of experience,” and where she has been described as a “stalwart” of the industry. One impressed client has noted, “she was terrific at answering our questions, but also in raising issues that we were unfamiliar with.” She is also recommended by The Legal 500 US (2019) in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, where clients have noted that she “is particularly good” and “responsive and vastly experienced.”

She is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association (Business Section, Federal Regulation of Securities, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Section 16 Subcommittee) and the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Pagel Serebransky joined Debevoise in 1987 and became a partner in 1995. She received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1980 and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1984, where she was an editor of the Hastings Law Journal.


  • University of California at Hastings, College of the Law, 1984, J.D.
  • Claremont McKenna College, 1980, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York