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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 871
  • Gross Revenues: $1,072,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,230,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,295,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 1

Davis Polk & Wardwell is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Davis Polk & Wardwell has 871 attorneys and is the 38th largest firm in the United States.  With $1,072,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 24th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Davis Polk & Wardwell ranked as the 30th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 24 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 24 1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 39 5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 35 -19 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

Colleagues Recall Cedarbaum's Devotion, Integrity

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : February 09, 2016

Tributes poured in Monday from friends and colleagues of Southern District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who died Friday at age 86. She was remembered as a woman who carved a unique path in the law and on the bench.

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 07, 2016

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Southern District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum Dies

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : February 05, 2016

Southern District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum has died, her chambers confirmed on Friday afternoon. She was 86.

What's Behind Linklaters' Partner Exits in Asia?

Frances Ivens : Legal Week : February 05, 2016

Linklaters' Hong Kong private equity partner, Christopher Kelly, is joining White & Case—the latest in a string of partners to leave the firm for rivals in Asia.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 04, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2016

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Legaltech Experts Discuss Analytics in Investigations and Practice

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : February 03, 2016

At Legaltech New York, experts discuss the various ways in which analytics has aided their work.

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2016

Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.

What to Do with Your Bonus, Part Two

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Via a new group, the Associates Committee, young lawyers pool donations to support legal nonprofits.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

The Wachtell Way of E-Discovery

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Maura Grossman, a Wachtell lawyer, developed a better way to do e-discovery. Why are so few other firms taking a lead with tech?

Law Firms Still Optimistic as Chinese Stock Markets Swoon

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.

Survey: Skadden Is Best-Known U.S. Legal Brand Among GCs

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.

Morning Wrap: Thomas' Silence | Judge Faces Civil Rights Charge | Super Bowl = Super Bust for Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : February 01, 2016

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Clarence Thomas' silence on the bench, a Maryland judge charged with civil rights violation and more Dickstein Shapiro departures.

Firms See Super Bowl as a Super Bust

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2016

Davis Polk's Alan Denenberg thought it would be fun to take clients to the game—until he saw the prices.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100, Irish Firms Team for Industrial Inversion

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2016

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.

The 10 Best and Worst Cities for Young Lawyers

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 28, 2016

Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 28, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Finalists for Asia Legal Awards 2016

The Asian Lawyer : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2016

For our third annual Asia Legal Awards, we have selected a short list of 27 categories of deals and matters from the region's leading firms and practitioners. Winners will be announced on Feb. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

DiFiore Confirmed as New York's Chief Judge

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2016

Janet DiFiore became New York's chief judge Thursday after a unanimous confirmation by the state Senate.

New Jersey M&A Stays Active in 2015 as Megadeals Abound

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2016

After the much-awaited rebound in 2014, the mergers and acquisitions market in New Jersey stayed strong in 2015 with numerous strategic moves by corporations, the Law Journal's annual survey found.

Committee Sends DiFiore Nomination to Full Senate

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2016

Janet DiFiore told the state Senate's Judiciary Committee Wednesday that if she is confirmed as New York state's next chief judge, she will be seeking to serve the interests of the judiciary and of the people who use the courts, not of the governor who nominated her.

New Associate Group Supports Legal Nonprofits

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2016

A third-year associate at Skadden is taking an ambitious and novel approach to get associates to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.

A Lawyer's Plan to Save Philadelphia's Newspapers

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2016

The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.

Deal Watch: Entertainment Mergers Emerge Amid Oscar Season

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2016

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, a pair of billion-dollar entertainment industry deals awarded work to a handful of Am Law 200 firms and some big names in Canada.

Arch Coal Taps Davis Polk in Latest Mining Bankruptcy

David Bario : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2016

The filing comes just weeks after senior lenders successfully blocked a debt swap deal that might have averted Chapter 11 for the mining juggernaut.

Six Firms Advise on First Pharmaceutical Megadeal of 2016

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2016

Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.

Davis Polk Partners See Mission Accomplished in Menlo Park

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 08, 2016

Corporate partners William Kelly and Daniel Kelly, who helped launch the office just before the dot-com bust, stepped down at the end of the year.

Deal Watch: Record M&A Year Gives Way to More 2016 Transactions

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2016

With record-breaking M&A volume pushing past the $5 trillion mark in 2015, it's no surprise that deal-hungry Am Law 100 firms wasted little time scooping up market share to start 2016.

Panel Allows Claims Against Morgan Stanley to Proceed

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : January 05, 2016

Invoking the "peculiar knowledge" exception to the requirement that sophisticated investors conduct reasonable due diligence before making investments, a Manhattan appeals court said claims against Morgan Stanley stemming from the 2008 mortgage meltdown could go forward.