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Statement on Diversity

One of the greatest strengths of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is its community. The “Fundamental Values of the Firm” articulate the importance of “cohesiveness and collegiality within the firm, founded in the character of those we select as partners, counsel, associates and staff and in fundamental principles of fairness and cooperation” with “an emphasis on the success of the firm as a whole.”

Debevoise is committed to creating a work environment that values each individual’s contributions to our community. We recognize that we must work together every day to respect the different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of people at the firm and to support our colleagues so they have the ability to develop to their full potential. These values are the foundation of our firm and strengthen our ability to work together as a team so that we can provide our clients with the best legal services available.

Debevoise is committed to promoting the diversity of our community. This commitment stems naturally from the values that shape our firm. To continue to flourish, our firm strives to recruit and develop the finest talent from all backgrounds and beliefs. Our ability to respond to the needs of our clients in an increasingly open and global environment requires that the members of our community have a broad range of skills and experiences. The firm’s commitment to diversity furthers these goals.


Diversity is a Core Value and a Critical Business Priority

Debevoise’s top priority has always been to provide the best legal service to our clients, and we recognize that the inclusion, sponsorship and advancement of lawyers of color, women lawyers and LGBTQ+ lawyers within the firm are cornerstones of our continued success.

Our performance on diversity is an important business metric. Some of the ways we invest in attracting diverse talent are sponsoring diverse student groups at law schools across the country; attracting diverse candidates at the Northeast BLSA Job Fair, the Hispanic National Bar Association Job Fair and the Lavender Law Career Fair (LGBTQ+), and recruiting from historically black universities; connecting diverse candidates with diverse Debevoise lawyers to provide guidance during the recruiting process; hosting a Diversity Reception and social events for diverse offerees, enriching the summer associate experience through the involvement of Debevoise affinity groups; and providing diversity and inclusion training for summer associates.

Investing in the Development and Retention of Diverse Lawyers

Debevoise takes the necessary steps to ensure that diverse associates are able to develop their legal skills and see a career path for themselves at the firm.

  • Mentoring programs support the retention and promotion of diverse lawyers, increase lawyer engagement and foster talent development.
  • Training and professional development programs help lawyers identify and utilize practical tools they can implement in their daily practice.
  • Affinity groups and affinity group programs strengthen the sense of community and facilitate mentorship among lawyers.
  • The Diversity Speaker Series features senior legal executives from different fields and diverse backgrounds speaking about their professional experiences and career paths.
  • To sustain a strong pipeline of women leaders at the firm, the Women’s Task Force — comprised of top management and representative male and female partners—was formed to review, update, formulate and implement initiatives designed to develop and retain women talent.


Building an Inclusive Community of Diverse Lawyers

Our lawyers serve in leadership positions at, and the firm supports, organizations that cultivate a more diverse and inclusive legal profession and create opportunities for minority students.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Debevoise is active in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Presiding Partner Michael W. Blair serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and as Treasurer. In 2017, Debevoise was named a “Top Performer” by the LCLD.


In 2017, Debevoise joined more than 40 leading global businesses to launch Catalyst CEO Champions for Change. Partner and Co-Chair of Debevoise’s litigation department, Mary Beth Hogan, is a member of Catalyst’s Board.

National Association of Women Lawyers

Debevoise is a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Challenge Club.

Experiencing Diversity and Inclusion at Debevoise

At Debevoise, diversity and inclusion are about having an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued and comfortable—regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or race—so that they have the ability to develop to their full potential.


What People Say About Us

  • #1 in the 2017 Chambers Associate Law Firm Diversity Survey.
  • #6 for Overall Diversity by Vault 2018 Best Law Firms for Diversity Survey.
  • In 2017, 66% of women litigation partners were among Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States.
  • Perfect Score — for the ninth consecutive year, Debevoise received a perfect score for “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
  • Recognized nine times by Working Mother Media as one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women”.

Debevoise Women’s Review


The Debevoise Women’s Review, a first-of-its-kind platform among law firms, was developed to inspire the legal and business communities to engage in discussion and collective action around gender diversity. Unlike a traditional marketing platform, the content is developed and the editorial process managed almost entirely by lawyers at the firm, most of whom are associates, allowing for an authentic, first-person perspective. Join the conversation at

Not Just Talk: From Idea to Action


At Debevoise, we ensure that associates have a voice in how the firm follows through on its commitment to diversity and inclusion. We value their ideas and we don’t just listen—we act. For example, the firm recently developed a new diversity training program aimed at mid-level and senior associates who are involved in assigning work to, and supervising, junior lawyers and staff. This new program was suggested by an associate at an affinity group meeting. Within a month, we had developed a program and added it to the firm’s regular mid-level and senior associate training curriculum.

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