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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 810
  • Gross Revenues: $975,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,205,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,940,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Davis Polk & Wardwell is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Davis Polk & Wardwell has 810 attorneys and is the 39th largest firm in the United States.  With $975,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 25th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2012 Global 100 survey, Davis Polk & Wardwell ranked as the 29th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, London, NY and Paris.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 25 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 25 -3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 39 5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 34 -18 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 84 -39 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 18 1 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 32 28 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 69 9 Summer programs

In the News

Latham, Davis Polk on FountainVest's First U.S. Buy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 18, 2014

The Chinese private equity firm is paying up to $800 million for a controlling stake in U.S. auto supplier Key Safety Systems.

Second Department Overturns Two 1993 Kidnap Convictions

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : September 18, 2014

More than 20 years after two men were convicted of kidnapping a teenage girl found strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted, a Brooklyn appellate court has dismissed the pair's indictments, faulting prosecutors for "burying" key documents in disclosures made just before trial.

Freshfields Bags M&A Bigwig From Shearman & Sterling

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 16, 2014

The Magic Circle firm has hired Shearman's M&A partner Peter Lyons as it continues to boost its ranks in U.S. transactional work.

Asia Deal Digest: Sept. 11, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 11, 2014

*Linklaters leads establishment of China Orient Asset Management's $2 billion medium-term note program*Jones Day acts for Japan's Ajinomoto on its $800 million offer for U.S. frozen-foods maker Windsor Quality*Rajah & Tann on KMP Private Ltd.'s $37 million investment in Vietnamese feed company Hiep Thanh Group

Jones Day Adds Two More Kirkland IP Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 09, 2014

The IP litigation exodus from Kirkland & Ellis continued this week as partners William Devitt and Matthew Hertko decamped for Jones Day in Chicago. The Am Law Daily has a look at those moves and more in our latest roundup of notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Four Am Law Firms Lead Way on Scandinavian M&A Deals

Valori Corral-Nava : The Am Law Daily : September 08, 2014

Davis Polk, Jones Day, Sidley Austin and Wachtell Lipton advised on two cross-border M&A transactions with a northern European twist worth a combined $4.7 billion.

No Escape for Banks in Credit Default Swap Antitrust Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : September 04, 2014

Institutional investors represented by Quinn Emanuel and Pearson, Simon & Warshaw cleared a major hurdle on Thursday, when a judge refused to toss most of a multibillion-dollar class action targeting top international investment banks.

Asia Deal Digest: Sep. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 04, 2014

*Davis Polk on Taiwan's largest dollar debt offer*DLA Piper leads $464 million Fosun investment*Clayton Utz, A&O on $540 million Veda share sale

Beer Here! Dechert, Gibson Dunn, Jones Day Toast Pair of Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 04, 2014

A trio of Am Law 100 firms are getting the fourth quarter started with a pair of beer industry deals. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Moelis & Co.—the new home of Eric Cantor—are advising Heineken on the $1.2 billion sale of its Mexican packaging unit, while Jones Day has taken the lead for private equity firm Riverside on its purchase of a Salt Lake City-based craft brewer.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : September 02, 2014

McDermott Will & Emery has added Alysse McLoughlin as a partner, rejoining the firm from Barclays; P.J. Forcino has joined Meyer Suozzi as executive director; and Wilson Sonsini has added Benjamin Hoch; among other moves.

Greenberg's $25 Billion Case Against U.S. Set for Trial

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : September 02, 2014

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government over the bailout of American International Group Inc. moved a step closer to trial last week, as a federal judge denied the government's motion for summary judgment.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : September 01, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

September 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2014

Kirkland IP Duo Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

Two more IP litigation partners leave Kirkland & Ellis, a Bingham McCutchen corporate partner goes in-house, Jones Day scores a Latin American dealmaker and Ropes & Gray grabs a high-profile private equity partner in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Associate Morale Is High, But So Is Angst

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 29, 2014

The results of the 2014 Associates Survey expose high anxiety over workplace demands and partnership prospects.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : August 28, 2014

Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Canadian chain Tim Hortons Inc. have agreed to an $11.4 billion tie-up that would send the combined company's headquarters north in what may be the most visible corporate tax inversion yet. Also, Roche Holding announced Monday its $8.3 billion acquisition of InterMune, a suburban San Francisco-based company lung disease drug developer.

Jones Day Nabs Shearman's LatAm M&A Head

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

Michael McGuinness, a corporate partner and former head of the Latin American M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling in New York, has left the firm for Jones Day, which over the past year has sought to slake its thirst for south-of-the-border clients by opening an office in Miami and making key lateral hires.

Greenberg's $25B Case Against U.S. Set for Trial

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : August 27, 2014

Maurice Greenberg's $25 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government over the bailout of AIG moved a step closer to trial this week. That trial, set to begin Sept. 29, would feature testimony from former top government officials, as well as some of Wall Street's most prominent banking lawyers.

Global Legal Awards: Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 27, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards recognizes the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects conceived on a vast scale.

2014 Associates Survey: Bay Area Report

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 27, 2014

What associates are saying about the best—and worst—workplaces in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Cravath, Davis Polk Lead on Latest Big Drug Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2014

In its biggest deal since its $46.8 billion takeover of Genentech in 2009, Swiss drug giant Roche has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell for counsel on its $8.3 billion buy of suburban San Francisco-based lung disease drug developer InterMune, which is being advised by Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a Chicago IP boutique.

With BoA Settlement Comes Shift in Work for Law Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2014

Bank of America Corp.'s $16.65 billion settlement announcement, and the tailing off of the government's enforcement actions, promises to affect a swath of top-tier Wall Street firms. But lawyers at the banks' primary outside counsel said that work continues to flow.

BofA Deal Marks End Of an Era

Julie Triedman and Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : August 25, 2014

With Bank of America Corp.'s $16.7 billion settlement over the marketing and sale of subprime residential mortgage-backed securities, prosecutors closed out the largest remaining government enforcement actions stemming from the financial crisis.

Cravath, Davis Polk Lead on Latest Big Drug Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 25, 2014

In its biggest deal since its $46.8 billion takeover of Genentech in 2009, Swiss drug giant Roche has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell for counsel on its $8.3 billion buy of suburban San Francisco-based lung disease drug developer InterMune, which is being advised by Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a Chicago IP boutique.

With BofA Settlement Comes Shift in Work for Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : August 21, 2014

Thursday's record $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America means a winding down of government action against big banks over residential mortgage-backed securities. But several lawyers say the pipeline for firms representing these banks will remain full, as governments worldwide take aim at foreign exchange rate-setting and Office of Foreign Assets Control investigations.

Squire Patton Boggs and Ashurst Adjust Alliances, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2014

Ashurst and Squire Patton Boggs, two growing global legal giants that have recently gone the merger route, both reshuffled overseas alliances this week as the latter saw 23 lawyers in the Middle East decamp en masse, while the former was busy raiding two Am Law 100 rivals. The Am Law Daily looks at those developments and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Low Note for Whistleblowers at the Second Circuit

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : August 19, 2014

In a recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit answered one important Dodd-Frank Act question, while avoiding answering another.

Spotlight Falls on Sullivan & Cromwell in PwC Settlement

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : August 18, 2014

For the second time this summer, a major law firm has come under scrutiny for its questionable role advising a bank on transactions with sanctioned countries.

Telecom Deals Put Lawyers to Work

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : August 18, 2014

As federal antitrust regulators review Comcast Corp.'s pending $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s $49 billion deal for DirecTV LLC, competitors and public interest advocates are on the attack — and they're lawyering up with outside and in-house counsel to fight.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 14, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : August 14, 2014

*Linklaters leads Dairy Farm's $925 million investment in Shanghai-listed Yonghui Superstores*Norton Rose Fulbright advises Fosun International on its winning bid for Roc Oil in Australia*Amarchand advises on a $349 million share sale by Bharti Airtel's tower unit