Mary Jo White, who stepped down as chairwoman of the
Securities and Exchange Commission in January, is returning to
Debevoise & Plimpton to become the law firms senior
At Debevoise, White will focus on counseling boards of
directors and representing clients, including companies
affected by government investigations, according to a statement Wednesday from
the law firm. White chaired its litigation department from 2002
to 2013 before being nominated by former President Obama to
head the SEC.
Simply put, Mary Jo is a giant in the legal
profession, Michael W. Blair, Debevoises presiding
partner, says in the statement. Few, if any, other
lawyers have garnered the respect and admiration that Mary Jo
has throughout her distinguished career.
In nearly four years as chair of the SEC, White is one of
the longest-serving leaders of the agency. During her tenure,
the SEC added more protection for mutual fund investors and
brought more enforcement actions than any other three-year
period in SEC history. Before joining Debevoise in 2002, White
served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,
the only woman to have held the post.
Her return makes her the second former SEC official to
return to Debevoise this year. In January, the law firm said that Andrew Ceresney,
who served under White as director of the SECs Division
of Enforcement, was rejoining the law firm to become co-chair
of the litigation department.