Wendy Reilly

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

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New York 10022 NY US

Wendy B. Reilly is a counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including contract and employment disputes, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation‎ and advice, particularly on behalf of investment banking, financial advisory, and asset management clients. She also has significant experience with white collar criminal defense and SEC investigations and enforcement actions.

Ms. Reilly maintains an active pro bono practice as well, and received the 2005 inMotion “Commitment to Justice” award, the 2015 New York Law Journal “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” Pro Bono award and the 2016 Chambers Diversity “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” award.

Ms. Reilly joined the firm in 2001. From 2000 to 2001 she clerked for Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Ms. Reilly received a J.D. with honors from Rutgers Law School in Newark in 2000, where she was a Marsha Wenk fellow, a managing editor of the Rutgers Law Review and a recipient of the Alumni Senior Prize.

She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1997.

Ms. Reilly is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals.


  • Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in its acquisition of up to a 49% stake in NYSE-listed CHC Group, the world’s largest commercial helicopter operator with an enterprise value of $1.9 billion.
  • J.C. Flowers in litigation brought by the MF Global bankruptcy trustee seeking to recover dividends paid in connection with preferred stock.
  • GoldenTree Asset Management in employment/ERISA litigation arising out of the bankruptcy of Source Home Entertainment.
  • American Airlines in litigation arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • The former General Counsel of Computer Associates in Department of Justice and SEC investigations of accounting irregularities.
  • The former President of North America sales for Lucent in litigation with the Company and the SEC.
  • A class of minority sheet metal workers in winning a contempt judgment against their union, after a three-day trial, based on the union’s discriminatory practices and non-compliance with affirmative action orders. Debevoise handled this matter pro bono.


  • Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2000, J.D.
  • Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1997, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • New York


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