J. Robert Abraham is a senior associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Commercial Litigation, Healthcare & Life Sciences, and Antitrust Practice Groups. His practice focuses on class actions, contractual disputes, and other complex commercial litigation.

He has expertise in matters involving products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), including extensive experience defending manufacturers against alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act, and a variety of state consumer fraud statutes in connection with the marketing and promotion of pharmaceutical products. Mr. Abraham has also regularly advised investors and investment funds in both the prosecution and defense of avoidance claims seeking to recover preferential and fraudulent transfers in connection with bankruptcy proceedings.

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 History and Economics.

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. In 2017, Mr. Abraham was selected by the National Review Institute as a New York Regional Fellow.

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.


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

Bar Admissions

  • New York