Michael Blair is the firm’s Presiding Partner. Mr. Blair has served as lead counsel in a host of major M&A transactions, advised senior executives and boards of directors on governance matters and handled securities transactions for clients across a range of industries.

Mr. Blair joined Debevoise in 1981 and became a partner in 1989. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1981. Mr. Blair is a Director of The Partnership for New York City, a Trustee of the Smith Richardson Foundation, a member of The Economic Club of New York and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also served as a director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity from 2011 to 2019.


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1981, J.D.
  • Yale University, 1977, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York