Zila R. Acosta-Grimes is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group based in the New York office. Ms. Acosta-Grimes’ practice focuses on banking regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. Prior to joining the Financial Institutions Group, Ms. Acosta-Grimes was a member of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Before joining Debevoise Ms. Acosta-Grimes worked at Goldman Sachs.

In 2018 Ms. Acosta-Grimes received Debevoise’s Pro Bono Service Award for her work representing the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance’s Puerto Rico Fund for Growth. In 2017 Ms. Acosta-Grimes received the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Flor De Maga award as a rising legal star in 2017.

Ms. Acosta-Grimes joined Debevoise in 2015. Ms. Acosta-Grimes received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2015. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an article editor for the Columbia Law Review. She received a B.A. from Columbia College at Columbia University in 2011. She is fluent in Spanish.


  • Columbia Law School, 2015, J.D.
  • Columbia University, 2011, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York