Associate Life

Affinity Groups

Debevoise has encouraged the formation of formal affinity groups to strengthen the support systems and sense of community among different groups and increase the substantive training opportunities for associates of diverse backgrounds. These programs not only provide opportunities for members of each affinity group to learn how to successfully develop and grow at the firm, but also facilitate the creation of informal relationships across groups that last throughout lawyers’ careers. Members are also actively involved in the recruiting process, including reaching out to offerees, strengthening relationships with external programs to increase the pipeline of candidates, hosting recruiting events for candidates of diverse backgrounds and acting as contacts throughout the recruiting process and as advisors for summer associates of diverse backgrounds.


Debevoise’s cafeteria, also known as the Lyon’s Gate, is located on the 33rd floor of the New York office. It provides employees with a wide range of quality food and refreshments throughout the day. Here you can find bagels, eggs, hot and cold cereals, fruit and more at the breakfast bar, or enjoy a freshly made sandwich or hot entree from one of our chefs at lunchtime. The views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline provide another respite during a busy work day. The firm also offers an extensive coffee bar that is open throughout the day.

Lyon’s Den Lawyers’ Lounge

The Lyon’s Den is a common space that is open each day in the Lyon’s Gate gourmet cafeteria from 4 pm until late. Lawyers use the Lyon’s Den to grab cookies, take coffee breaks with colleagues, conduct small group meetings or catch up on newspapers and industry periodicals. Lawyers can also take a break in the Lyon’s Den to play foosball or other games.