Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Michael Blair joined Debevoise in 1981 and became Presiding Partner in 2011. He has served as lead counsel in a host of major M&A transactions, advised senior executives and boards of directors on governance matters, and handled securities transactions for clients across a range of industries. Michael also serves as a Director of The Partnership for New York City, a Trustee of the Smith Richardson Foundation, and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

As Presiding Partner, Michael has furthered Debevoise & Plimpton’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2013, Debevoise placed No. 1 overall in The American Lawyer’s 10-Year-A-List, a ranking of the law firms who have earned the highest cumulative score on the A-list since its inception. The firm was ranked in the top 10 by Vault in overall diversity and in diversity for women, minorities, LGBT lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities. Debevoise is also the only New York-based firm to have made the Working Mother Media/Flex-Time Lawyers 50 Best Law Firms for Women list every year since its inception.

Debevoise was named an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2016 and 2017. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

LCLD Board of Directors

Treasurer, 2016-2019
Member, 2012-2015

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2018: Arian June; 2017: Anne Balla; 2016: Ramya S. Tiller; 2015: Jennifer L. Chu; 2014: Le V. Lam; 2013: Cari A. Wint; 2012: Natalie Reid; 2011: Richard D. Robinson

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2018: Emily Huang, Laura Sinisterra; 2017: Richard T. R. Harper, Simone Hicks; 2016: Kamal Nesfield, Neelima Teerdhala; 2015: Terra Gearhart-Serna, Robert Williams Jr. 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2018: Andrea Acosta, Nestor Almeida, Perpetua Chery, Andres Gutierrez, Emily Jenab; 2017: Jeri Brown, Sarah Hill, Jason LeBlanc, Elizabeth Tobierre, Ashley Vazquez; 2016: Alexa Henry, Travis Ortiz, Ignacio Saldana, Nana Agyeman Taylor; 2015: Austin Clarke, Brittney Christine Cox, Carolina Vieira de Barros, Jose Lamarque, Maria Maldonado, Jonathan Miu; 2014: Azeezah Goodwin, Antuan Johnson, Alicia Lee, Daniel Pedraza, Rodrigo Seira; 2013: Renee Garrick, Tigist Kassahun, Franco Mussio; 2012: Tarik Elhussein, Daniella Jones, Kirkland Al Lynch, Maria B. Navarro, Pooja Patel

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014)


Member: Michael Blair

Diversity Professional: Rachel Simmonds-Watson

Communications: Michael T. Riley