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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 895
  • Gross Revenues: $1,100,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,230,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $3,305,000
  • 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 23 1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 23 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

From Bowie to Boies: Milbank Looks to Hudson Yards as New Home

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 29, 2016

It's the end of an era. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is poised to leave New York City's financial district for midtown Manhattan, a departure that moves the Wall Street firm from the historic home of a banking icon to a new development on the West Side.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : April 28, 2016

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

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

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

A Low-Growth Year for Many of Wall Street's Elite

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Mixed signals in the financial sector and the end of recession-related litigation held profits down in New York.

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 25, 2016

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : April 21, 2016

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

DLA Piper Practice Leader Starts Commercial Litigation Shop

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper's white-collar and investigations group, has formed a new firm in New York called Smith Villazor with Rodney Villazor, a fellow former federal prosecutor who joined the global legal giant's litigation group last year.

Milbank, Latham, Davis Polk Advise on BATS, Big Casino IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 17, 2016

After a slow start to 2016, capital markets in the U.S. are finally warming up with a bevy of high-profile public listings for a pair of big casino companies, as well as an electronic exchange operator, all of whom are sending millions in legal fees to Am Law 100 coffers.

Life Goes On for Lawyers After Bank Regulators Reject 'Living Wills'

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

Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there's still time for a do-over.

EIV Uses Sidley, Porter Hedges for Sale of Energy Facilities

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 14, 2016

EIV Capital, an energy industry-focused firm, and EIV MAS Georgia LFG, recently turned to the firms of Sidley Austin in Houston and Porter Hedges in Houston for assistance with their sale of four long-term contracted landfill gas-to-energy facilities located near Atlanta.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 14, 2016

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

Jones Day, Armstrong Teasdale Advise on Big Coal Bankruptcy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 13, 2016

Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest privately owned coal miner, filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis on Monday. The two Am Law 200 firms have landed lead debtor's counsel roles in the Chapter 11 case, the latest by a major energy company this year.

Two Big Firms Reap Benefits From Cybersecurity IPO

Brian Baxter and Rose Walker : The Am Law Daily : April 12, 2016

Five years after paying $612 million for cybersecurity company SecureWorks Corp., tech giant Dell Inc. is poised to pull off an IPO valuing the former at $1.4 billion. Hogan Lovells and Davis Polk & Wardwell also stand to benefit from 2016's first big tech listing.

Court Strikes Firm's Sandy-Related Business Interruption Claims

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : April 11, 2016

Claims brought by real estate law firm Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel against an insurer and Consolidated Edison for losses stemming from Hurricane Sandy have been dismissed, but business interruption claims against the insurer for losses tied to a computer virus that struck the firm will go forward.

Quinn Emanuel Partner to Take Post in AG's Office

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : April 07, 2016

Manisha Sheth will become the new executive deputy attorney general for economic justice in the state Attorney General's Office, overseeing the bureaus of investor protection, antitrust, the internet and technology, consumer fraud and real estate finance.

Deal Watch: White & Case, Simpson Thacher Take League Table Top Spots

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

Amid a downturn in deal volume on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, White & Case and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett found themselves front and center for M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2016.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 07, 2016

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

New Prosecutor Brings Quinn Emanuel Mojo to NY AG's Office

David Bario : The Am Law Daily : April 07, 2016

After helping win $20 billion in settlements from banks that contributed to the financial crisis, Manisha Sheth will use her skills on behalf of New York state.

Allergy Drugmaker Hires First GC

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 05, 2016

Douglas Sheehy arrives at Aimmune Therapeutics a year after the company's IPO.

Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

Rainmaker's Defection Could Test Cravath Lockstep Model

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

Despite the loss of a leading M&A rainmaker, the firm says the 'Cravath System' is safe.

Recorder Names 2016 Corporate Department and In-House Impact Winners

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : March 31, 2016

This year's list designates the top firms for corporate work, recognizes individual attorneys sought out for their trusted counsel, and features the in-house lawyers driving the year's biggest deals.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 31, 2016

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

IPO Work at a Standstill

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 29, 2016

With not a single Valley tech IPO coming out of the gate in Q1, capital-markets lawyers like Davis Polk's Alan Denenberg find other things to do.


: The National Law Journal : March 28, 2016

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Latham's Asia Reboot

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Will Latham & Watkins' high-profile new hires in Hong Kong allow it to pull away from the pack?