Debevoise & Plimpton Marks 75th Anniversary

    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP will mark
 its 75th anniversary on October 1, 2006. Founded by Eli Whitney Debevoise
 and William Stevenson in 1931, the firm now has more than 630 lawyers in
 eight cities throughout the world.
     "Our 75th anniversary gives us a special opportunity to reflect upon
 the growth of our firm and the standards set for us by our founding
 partners. We are grateful for the challenging, fulfilling work our clients
 provide us and for the collegiality we share as a firm," said Debevoise
 presiding partner Martin Frederic Evans. "In the challenging landscape of
 1931, Whitney Debevoise saw that the world was changing and had the courage
 and confidence to build a firm that embraced change. We look forward to
 continuing to meet the changing needs of our clients and to embrace the
 challenge of new opportunities."
     To mark the firm's 75th anniversary, Debevoise is proud to support a
 New York institution that also opened its doors in 1931, the Whitney Museum
 of American Art. Debevoise is the 75th Anniversary Sponsor of the exhibit
 "Picasso and American Art," which opens at the Whitney on September 28,
 2006. The landmark exhibition, more than ten years in the planning,
 celebrates the dramatic impact of Picasso on the course of 20th-century
 American art. It places Picasso masterworks alongside pieces by Max Weber,
 Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and
     "We are honored to support the Whitney Museum, an institution with
 which we not only share an anniversary but also the view that change
 presents opportunity," observed Paul H. Wilson, Jr., a senior partner and
 head of the firm's anniversary committee. "Debevoise has long supported the
 arts through organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, which
 delivers pro bono legal services and information to more than 10,000
 members of the arts community each year. We are very pleased to help bring
 this wonderful exhibition to the public."
     Since its founding, Debevoise has been committed to participation in a
 wide range of community, civic and pro bono activities. The firm
 consistently ranks among the top firms in its commitment to pro bono work
 and this year was named a recipient of the American Bar Association's Pro
 Bono Publico Award. 2006 also marked the third consecutive year in which
 the firm ranked 1st in The American Lawyer's "A-List," a nationwide ranking
 of law firms based upon pro bono performance, associate satisfaction,
 revenue per lawyer and diversity.
     Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, with a
 wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has
 offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow,
 Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm has over 630 lawyers. For more
 information, please visit

SOURCE Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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