Douglas Zolkind to Join Debevoise’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice

21 January 2021

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced today that Douglas Zolkind will join the firm’s New York office as counsel in its White Collar & Regulatory Defense practice on Monday, February 8.

Mr. Zolkind brings extensive experience in investigations, prosecutions and trials in cases involving foreign bribery and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, wire fraud, international money laundering, business and political corruption, bank fraud, securities offenses, and cybercrime, as well as new and emerging technologies for obtaining and analyzing evidence.

He will join Debevoise after more than six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), serving in the Criminal Division’s Public Corruption Unit. Mr. Zolkind was trial counsel in several of the SDNY’s most high profile white collar cases in recent years.

“We expect the pace and intensity of federal investigations to rise with the new administration, and with that will come an increased demand for the highest quality white collar lawyering,” said Bruce Yannett, Debevoise’s Deputy Presiding Partner and Chair of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. “Doug’s experience at SDNY leading complex global investigations and prosecutions across a broad range of business and financial matters strengthens the already formidable white collar capabilities Debevoise’s White Collar practice offers to our clients and enhances our ability to scale up for the most complex client engagements.”

Prior to joining SDNY, Mr. Zolkind was a litigation associate at another international law firm. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2008.

Mr. Zolkind will join more than 20 former prosecutors and senior government officials in Debevoise’s award-winning White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group, which is ranked as one of the world’s top practices by Global Investigations Review and as Band 1 by Chambers on both sides of the Atlantic for its complex representations of clients facing litigation and public policy crises. The Group has been involved in some of the most significant investigations and resolutions over the past few years, and offers international and domestic clients a depth of experience and global reach that allows for effective and strategic counsel, from defending against criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions, to conducting internal investigations, negotiating complex global settlements and facilitating cooperation with government regulators.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. We deliver effective solutions to our clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.