J. Robert Abraham is a counsel in the Litigation Department and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, Asset Management Litigation, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Special Situations Practice Groups. His practice focuses on complex, high-stakes commercial litigation, including merger challenges, consumer and shareholder class actions,  and contractual or other business disputes. He has broad-based experience representing a wide variety of sophisticated clients, including those in the technology, financial, pharmaceutical, media and energy industries, with a particular emphasis on issues impacting private equity sponsors and funds and their portfolio companies.  He is recognized by Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch (2024) for his skill in Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Abraham also frequently assists clients in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions, both in conducting litigation and regulatory due diligence and in securing antitrust clearance before the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Abraham joined Debevoise in 2010. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2010, where he was a James Kent Scholar, served as senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and won the Young B. Smith Prize (awarded for excellence in the study of torts). Mr. Abraham graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History.

During law school, Mr. Abraham served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Victor Marrero of the Southern District of New York and as a law clerk for United States Senator John Cornyn.

He is the author of "Saving Buckley: Creating a Stable Campaign Finance Framework," 110 Colum. L. Rev. 1078 (2010).

Mr. Abraham is a member of the Bar of New York and admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.


  • Columbia Law School, 2010, J.D.
  • Cornell University, 2007, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York