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William Bleecker Matteson

William Bleecker Matteson, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1954.


  • Matteson, William Bleecker was born on October 20, 1928 in New York City. Son of Leonard Jerome and Mary Jo (Harwell) Matteson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Yale University, 1950. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1953.


    • Clerk to judge Augustus N. Hand United States Court Appeals, 1953-1954. Clerk to Supreme Court of the United States Court Justice Harold H. Burton, 1954-1955. Associate firm Debevoise & Plimpton (and predecessors), New York City, 1955-1961, partner, 1961—1998, Debevoise & Plimpton (European office), Paris, 1973-1978.

      Presiding partner Debevoise & Plimpton, 1988-1993. Lecturer Columbia University Law School, 1972-1973, 78-80.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1954.


    Trustee Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey, 1968-1973, Kalamazoo College, 1972-1977, Miss Porter's School, Farmington, Connecticut, 1977-1983, New York Institute Special Education, 1981-2004, Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, 1993-1996, vice-chair, 1994-1996, Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation, 1996—2008, Hartford Foundation, 1996-2004. Active United States of America Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperative and Development, Paris, 1986-2000. Chairman Worldwide Business and Industry Advisory Committee, 1994-1996.

    Vice chairman United States Council for International Business, 1990-2000, honorary trustee. Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, International Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Association Bar City of New York (chairman securities regulation committee 1968-1971), Harvard University Law School Association New York City (trustee 1968-1973), Council Foreign Relations, Union Club, Sankaty Head Club, John's Island and Windsor Clubs.


    • Married Marilee Brill, August 26, 1950. Children: Lynn, Sandra, Holly.
    • father: Leonard Jerome Matteson
    • mother: Mary Jo (Harwell) Matteson
    • spouse: Marilee Brill
    • children: Lynn Matteson
    • Sandra Matteson
    • Holly Matteson
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    Born October 20, 1928