Debevoise & Plimpton has named Mary Beth Hogan as its new litigation cochair now that Mary Jo White, the former cochair, has been confirmed to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hogan will work with John Kiernan, who also cochaired the department with White.

In naming Hogan, Debevoise chose a longtime partner who has led women’s initiatives and has remained close to firm management. Hogan, 49, began practicing at Debevoise in 1991 after graduating from Rutgers School of Law and working a year in a judicial clerkship. She previously served two terms on Debevoise’s management committee and cofounded the firm’s "women’s resource group," which promotes the advancement of women lawyers at the firm. She also cochairs the firm’s "talent development group." Hogan serves on the board of directors of Catalyst, a nonprofit that studies women in the workplace, and is a founding member of The Kate Stoneman Project, a group of women partners from large New York firms.

Hogan focuses on white-collar, regulatory and employment actions, internal investigations and commercial litigation. Her clients have included JPMorgan Chase, UBS Financial, Owens Corning, The Carlyle Group and Syracuse University, the firm said. Hogan said her duties will include work on recruiting and lateral hiring. She described Debevoise’s domestic hiring as "opportunistic," but added the firm is planning to grow its European and Asian offices.

Despite the departure of White, one of the firm’s most prominent partners, Hogan said she is optimistic about the litigation department’s business. "We’re actually busier than we’ve been since the financial crisis hit, so we’re firing on all cylinders," she said.