Michael W. Blair

Presiding Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Michael W. Blair

Michael W. Blair

Presiding Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Biography

Michael W. Blair is Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Principal at Debevoise & Plimpton Ltd. and Treasurer & Director at Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Overview
Career Highlights

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Primary Location

New York City, NY

Number of Boards

6

Number of Awards

2

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Co-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Taconic Capital is a global institutional investment firm that pursues an event-driven, multi-strategy investment approach. Taconic was founded in 1999 by former Goldman Sachs partners, Frank Brosens and Ken Brody and currently manages approximately $9 billion. Taconic has a differentiated economic and compensation model that we believe enables us to attract and retain top talent.

Education
J.D.
Class of 1981

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

B.A.
Class of 1977

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Memberships
Life Fellow
Current

TO BE THE PREEMINENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR THE EMPIRICAL STUDY OF LAW BY CONDUCTING RESEARCH.

Career History
Presiding Partner
1981 - Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Treasurer & Director
Current

The words "Leadership Council on Legal Diversity" are carefully chosen. Since the formation of the LCLD was announced in May 2009, the group has focused on developing strategies to increase diversity in the legal profession. Just as importantly, the LCLD has brought together the leaders of law firms and corporate legal departments to do that. At the time of the announcement, Rick Palmore, General Counsel of General Mills and former Chair of the LCLD Board of Directors underscored the significance of the effort: "LCLD is doing what no other initiative has done—uniting the legal industry's senior leaders in one organization to address and resolve the enormous diversity challenges in our profession." The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has, since May 2009, organized a committee structure around four key strategic initiatives. Those initiatives are titled: Strategy & Innovation, Development, Partnerships & Teams, and Pipeline. At a glance, the initiatives will address the following opportunities and challenges: Strategy & Innovation. Research and develop a robust, new analytical tool to give more meaningful, sophisticated insight into the actual diversity of law firms and corporate legal departments. The objective of this committee's work will be to delve more deeply than quantitative measurements and "rankings." Partnerships & Teams. Identify, analyze, and promote successful diversity partnering efforts. The focus is on projects and programs that encourage collaboration between law firms, corporate legal departments, and other organizations with a commitment to diversity. Development. Work to ensure the development of diverse critical talent, creating ongoing programs to allow members to present and learn about successful programs for the development of diverse critical talent. Pipeline. Evaluate and support programs that encourage the entry of individuals of diverse backgrounds into the field of law. The committee will accomplish its objectives through collaboration with organizations committed to a more diverse profession. Taken as a whole, the work of the four LCLD Board committees will support the LCLD's stated goal to ". . .work in partnership to eliminate impediments and provide minorities and women with a full and fair opportunity to perform, to succeed, and to lead."

Boards & Committees
Chair, Management Committee
Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Director
Prior

The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Unlike the Society's Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices, which are constitutionally mandated and supported by government, the Civil Practice relies heavily on private contributions.

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$5,000 - $10K
2013

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

$25K - $50K
2012

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

$25K - $50K
2011

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

Political Donations
$375
2012

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the only national organization solely devoted to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate. The NRSC provides invaluable support and assistance to current and prospective Republican U.S. Senate candidates in the areas of budget planning, election law compliance, fundraising, communications tools and messaging, research and strategy.

$250
2010

Governor of New York

$800
2010

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

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Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. purchases Highbury Financial, Inc.

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Protective Life Corporation, Protective Life Insurance Co. purchase United Investors Life Insurance Co. from Torchmark Corporation

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Tower Group Companies purchases Specialty Underwriters' Alliance, Inc.

Awards & Honors
2009
The Legal 500 United States
Admitted to the New York Bar
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