Philippe Despres

Philippe Despres

Of Counsel, Labor and Employment Law
Philippe Desprès heads the Paris office’s labor and employment law practice, having previously been a partner at another leading international law firm.


Mr. Desprès regularly provides advice to many international and domestic companies on a wide range of issues, including matters related to restructuring operations conducted in France (often related to site closures and redundancy plans), collective negotiations, works council consultations (notably in the context of M&A transactions) and employment-related litigation.

He has represented clients in a variety of industries, including chemicals, cosmetics, entertainment, finance, luxury goods, metallurgy, packaging and pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Desprès has repeatedly been recommended as a leading individual by Chambers Europe, in which his clients praise him as an attorney who is “always available” and someone who “fully understands [clients’] challenges.” He also was named in The Best Lawyers in France 2021.

He is a member of the International Bar Association and the European Employment Lawyers Association.



  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1995
  • D.E.A., University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1991
  • Maîtrise, University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1998


  • Paris


  • French
  • English

Philippe Despres

Of Counsel, Labor and Employment Law