Ms Mary Jo White > Debevoise & Plimpton LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Litigation, Crisis Management, White Collar & Regulatory Defense, Internal Investigations, Internal Corruption


Partner, Senior Chair


Mary Jo White, who has previously served as the Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is Senior Chair of the firm, a litigation partner in the New York office of Debevoise, and leader of the firm’s Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group.

Ms. White’s practice focuses on counseling boards of directors and representing clients on significant and sensitive matters, including companies facing crises involving multi-faceted government investigations and cases. She has decades of experience prosecuting and defending a wide range of white collar criminal and civil cases, having served as Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and as a well-known private practitioner in high-profile matters.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

(Leading lawyers: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates)

Mary Jo WhiteDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

Captained by Bruce Yannett, the white-collar and regulatory defense team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP continues to act at the top of the market in global investigations conducted by civil regulators and criminal prosecutors. With offices in several key financial and political hubs, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Washington DC, the firm is well placed to handle multi-jurisdictional matters for corporate and individual clients. Mary Jo White is another name to note; she is well-versed in assisting boards of directors with crisis managements situations. Washington DC’s Kara Brockmeyer is recommended for anti-corruption and fraud matters, while Andrew Ceresney is rated for his experience of federal and state government investigations and litigation. Eric Dinallo joined as partner from Guardian Life Insurance and Winston Paes was recently promoted to partner. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s ‘very intelligent and highly experienced‘ New York-based litigation team combines deep expertise in white-collar and regulatory defense with a breadth of experience in general commercial litigation. Its strong regulatory defense group—which includes former SEC director of enforcement Andrew Ceresney, who leads the team alongside Mary Beth Hogan—means the group excels in politically and public relations sensitive disputes. Other names to note for white collar and regulatory defense matters include Bruce Yannett, John Gleeson, Andrew LevineMary Jo White and Washington DC-based David O’Neil. For public international law issues, Donald DonovanCatherine Amirfar and Ina Popova are names to note Other areas of focus include cross-border intellectual property disputes, as well as commercial litigation in the insurance, private equity and healthcare sectors. The firm is also noted for its strong international arbitration practice where David Rivkin is a key contact.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

The securities litigation group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP ‘stands out for its sophistication, its overall quality and its stellar track record‘. Well known for its federal and state regulatory enforcement work, the firm also handles a wide range of securities litigation that includes class actions and multi-jurisdictional matters for both financial services institutions and corporate issuers. The group is led by Maeve O’Connor in New York, who is ‘smart in all the ways that matter most for a litigator‘, and Jonathan Tuttle in Washington DC, who has ‘a no-nonsense approach that makes him a terrific resource and asset for clients‘. O’Connor and up-and-coming partner Elliot Greenfield secured a favourable settlement for MetLife in a class action challenging the company’s practices with regard to payment of death benefits and escheatment of unclaimed death benefits. In New York, former chair of the SEC Mary Jo White takes the lead on regulatory enforcement matters.