Debevoise Receives a Burton Award for Legal Writing – Legal Announcements

New York – June 15, 2009 – – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has been awarded a Burton Award for Legal Writing. The firm won the 2009 Distinguished Law Firm Award for the article “The Globalization of SEC Enforcement Activities,” written by partner Paul R. Berger and associate Erin W. Sheehy and originally published in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation in October 2008.

Paul R. Berger is a litigation partner and is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he focuses his practice on securities litigation, enforcement and white collar criminal defense matters. He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US (2008) and Chambers USA (2008), with the latter praising him for his “encyclopedic knowledge of FCPA regulations and experience with anti-bribery laws.” Prior to joining Debevoise, he was an Associate Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

Erin W. Sheehy, a member of the firm’s litigation department and also in the Washington, D.C. office, focuses on securities litigation, enforcement and white collar criminal defense. Her articles have been published in International Financial Law Review and Directors & Boards Boardroom Briefing: The Legal Issue, in addition to The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation.

The Burton Awards, now in its tenth year, was founded to reward legal authors and promote the refinement of legal writing and plain language. The Awards are funded by the Burton Foundation, which is a not-for-profit, academic effort. It is devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession.

Awards will be presented on June 15, 2009 at a gala reception at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Also honored at the reception, with the Book of the Year in Law Award, will be Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and author Bryan Garner, and the Master of Ceremonies will be Bill Press, television and radio political host and author.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing 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 approximately 750 lawyers. For more information, please visit our website at

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