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William B. Matteson, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, International Business Law. Member of Debevoise & Plimpton.


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


Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1950;Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1953.


Worked at Debevoise & Plimpton (New York, NY) specializing in General Practice. Admitted to the bar, 1954, N.Y. Developments Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1952-1953.

Law Clerk to Judge Augustus N. Hand, United States. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1953-1954, and to Justice Harold H. Burton, United States. Supreme Court, 1954-1955.

Chairman, Business Investment Advisory Committee to OECD. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chairman, Securities Regulation Committee, 1969-1972). New York State, American and International (Member: Business Law Council. ICMG Program Committee) Bar Associations.

American Law Institute. American Bar Foundation. Union Internationale des Avocats.

Debevoise & Plimpton a preeminent international law firm, was founded in 1931 and today has over 370 lawyers with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Paris, London and Budapest.


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, since 1981, Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, 1994-1996, vice-chair, 1994-1996, Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation, since 1996, Hartford Foundation, 1996-Indian River Hospital Foundation, since 1999. Active United States of America Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organisation for Economics Cooperative and Development, Paris, since 1986. Chairman Worldwide Business and Industry Advisory Committee, 1994-1996.

Vice chairman United States Council for International Business, since 1990. Member American Bar Association, FBA, International Bar assosiation, New York State Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York (chairman securities regulation committee 1968-1971), HarvardU. Law School Association New York City (trustee 1968-1973), Council Foreign Rels., Union Club, Sky Club, Sankaty Head Club, John's Island Club, Windsor Club, New York Yacht Club.


Married Marilee Brill, August 26, 1950. Children: Lynn, Sandra, Holly.