Debo P. Adegbile

Partner WilmerHale

Debo P. Adegbile is a partner in WilmerHale’s Government and Regulatory Litigation group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Anti-discrimination practice. His work focuses on matters at the intersection of law, business, government enforcement and policy. He has significant experience in commercial, government-facing, appellate and US Supreme Court litigation and in complex investigations and strategic counseling in high-stakes matters.  His clients include corporations including financial institutions and tech companies, municipalities and agencies, colleges and universities and other non-profit institutions.  Debo twice defended the constitutionality of two core provisions of the Voting Rights Act before the US Supreme Court.  Debo was part of the WilmerHale team that successfully defended Harvard University’s admissions policies against a federal challenge in SFFA v. Harvard University et al. He currently serves as a commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Obama in 2016. Previously, he served as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as the Acting President and Director of Litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and a graduate of Connecticut College; a graduate and trustee of NYU School of Law, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Vera Institute of Justice.