Shannon Rose Selden

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

Shannon Rose Selden is a litigation partner and member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Private Equity Groups. Ms. Selden has a broad practice with a particular focus on the investment management industry. She represents hedge fund and private equity clients, as plaintiffs and defendants, in complex, high-stakes litigation of all kinds, including securities, contract, corporate governance, fiduciary, financing and debt restructuring disputes.

Ms. Selden has significant experience as lead counsel in state and federal courts and in advising on contested commercial matters. She is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2017) – previous editions of the guide report that her advice to clients is “strategic, tailored, insightful and not overly conservative” – and is recognized as a Law360 “MVP” for Asset Management (2016) and a “Litigation Star” and as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation (2017).

Ms. Selden joined the firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2011. From January 2003 to January 2004, she clerked for the Hon. Denise Cote, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Selden received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001.

At Yale, she was the co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and a director of the Morris Tyler Moot Court Competition. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1998, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and winner of the Densmore Barry Collins Prize in Political Science.

In 2004 and 2005, Ms. Selden was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toledo, where she taught Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Law. Her research focused on securities law, in particular, on interdisciplinary analysis of the adequacy of laws designed to prevent and prosecute malfeasance in the financial markets.

Ms. Selden is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Eighth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

She has served as a member of the Federal Practice Task Force of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, and as Co-Chair of the Section’s 2010 Annual Conference, and as a member of the Book Publishing Board of the ABA Section of Litigation. Ms. Selden is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. Ms. Selden was featured in a documentary on the New York Times website, “Great Expectations for Female Lawyers” (2013), a follow-up from a 2001 New York Times Magazine article in which 21 women lawyers at Debevoise were profiled and interviewed about the career prospects for women in law firms.

Ms. Selden’s publications include:

  • “What PE Funds Need To Know About Sovereign Immunity,” Law 360 (2014);
  • “The Art Of Spinning Off,” The M&A Lawyer (2014);
  • “Fifth Circuit Provides A Reminder That Language Providing For A Prepayment Premium Must Be Unambiguous,” The Banking Law Journal (2014);
  • “Second Circuit Limits Availability Of Chapter 15,” Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable(2014);
  • “The King Can Do No Wrong: Sovereign Immunity and Its Exceptions,” The Private Equity Report(2014);
  • “Supreme Court to Review ‘Fraud on the Market’ Presumption of Reliance in Securities Class Actions,” (2013);
  • “Second Circuit Affirms Bankruptcy Court Ruling Authorizing American Airlines to Repay $1.3 Billion Debt Without Make-Whole,” (2013);
  • “Delaware Bankruptcy Court Allows Make-Whole Claim Representing 37% of Loan Balance,” (2013);
  • “SEC Enforcement Action Targets Advisers to Private Equity Funds,” (2013);
  • “SEC 2013 Examination Priorities Focus on Private Fund Sponsors,” (2013);
  • “Fund Directors Charged in Recent SEC Enforcement Case Targeting Valuation,” (2012);
  • “Supreme Court Rules on Credit Bidding,” (2012);


  • Yale Law School, 2001, J.D.
  • Amherst College, 1998, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York


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