Judge John Gleeson is a trial and appellate lawyer and company advisor. He served as a federal judge for 22 years and is a member of our Investment Committee.
Judge Gleeson is a litigation partner in the White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Commercial Litigation groups at Debevoise & Plimpton, which he joined in 2016. Prior to that, he was a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York where he authored more than 1,500 published opinions and presided over more than 200 civil and criminal jury trials.
Before his appointment to the bench in 1994, Judge Gleeson was a federal prosecutor and served as Chief of Appeals, Chief of Special Prosecutions, Chief of Organized Crime, and Chief of the Criminal Division. He personally tried 20 cases to verdict, argued 25 appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and also argued appeals in Third and Sixth Circuits.
Judge Gleeson currently teaches law at Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, and Yale Law School, and has guest-lectured at Columbia Law School, Stanford Law School, Cornell Law School, University of Michigan Law School, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and Cardozo School of Law.