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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

Skadden, Davis Polk on $15B Chinese Merger

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : October 12, 2015

Tencent-backed Dianping.com and Alibaba-backed Meituan.com are combining to form a leading player in China's increasingly important online-to-offline services market.

Familiar Firms Flock to Dell's $67 Billion EMC Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 12, 2015

Nearly two years after a lucky seven Am Law 100 firms reaped hefty fees from Dell's $24.4 billion leveraged buyout, some of the same firms have landed roles in Dell's record-breaking $67 billion acquisition of EMC.

In-House Counsel Profile: The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.'s Larry Thompson

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : October 12, 2015

"You learn many skill sets, and it's constantly challenging."

Deal Watch: Beer Battle, Asset Swap Quench Firms' Transactional Thirst

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev has sidled up with Sullivan & Cromwell in its ongoing effort to merge with alcoholic beverage industry rival SABMiller.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 06, 2015

Gibson Dunn, Sullivan & Worcester and Herrick Feinstein have each added an attorney.

K&L Gates Partner Nominated as VA Watchdog, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 06, 2015

The Obama administration nominates a K&L Gates litigator to clean up the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Pillsbury brings on a bitcoin expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ashurst Hires Hong Kong Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 02, 2015

Renminbi bond specialist Jini Lee is the latest of at least six lawyers this year to leave Linklaters' Hong Kong office for rival firms.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 01, 2015

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

Deal Watch: M&A Stays Strong Through Third Quarter, Skadden Tops League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2015

As 2015's third quarter comes to a close, bank-breaking, billion-dollar deals seem to be the gifts that keep on giving for M&A lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

Sullivan & Worcester Bolts On Boston Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2015

Boston-based Greene & Hafer partners up with Sullivan & Worcester; Greenberg Traurig grows in Texas; Paul Weiss welcomes a “Rising Star”; Skadden snags a new Paris tax head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

Patience Haggin, Jennifer Henderson and David Ruiz : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Google Reorganization; Berkshire Hathaway / Precision Castparts Fidelity National / SunGard General Electric Asset Sale Symantec Asset Sale Sumitomo Life / Symetra Financial Terex / Konecranes CF Industries / OCI NV Nokia Asset Sale Allergan Asset Sale Solvay / Cytec Industries Honeywell /Melrose Industries/ Elster Group Industrial Income Trust Asset Sale Anthem / Cigna Nikkei / FT Group Sikorsky Aircraft Asset Sale Pinnacle Entertainment Asset Sale Blackstone / Corsair / First Eagle St. Jude Medical / Thoratec

Global Legal Awards, Grand Prize Winner (Finance): Hitting the Big Time

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

For the largest IPO in history, Alibaba turned to Simpson Thacher and Fangda Partners. Size wasn't the only thing that made the deal challenging.

Deal Watch: Davis Polk, Jones Day Take Lead on Latest Chipmaker Match

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 24, 2015

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

Abely Award Honorees

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : September 23, 2015

Members of New York's legal, civic and anti-gender-violence communities gathered Monday night to recognize Eastern District Judge Pamela Chen, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton pro bono director Jennifer Kroman and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Sanctuary for Families' 19th Annual Abely Awards.

Fleet of Lawyers Help Ink $4.6 Billion Atmel Acquisition

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 21, 2015

Jones Day represented the San Jose chipmaker, while Davis Polk advised London-based Dialog.

Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

Katherine Jo : The Asian Lawyer : September 21, 2015

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Sidley Finds Success with Valley Strategy

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 18, 2015

Out-of-town firms tend to stall out in the hyper-competitve market, but Sidley's grown from three to more than 40 lawyers since opening its doors in 2009.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 17, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Three U.S. Firms on Universal Studios' $7.8B Move Into China

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : September 17, 2015

The Comcast-owned theme park company is planning to open its biggest-ever location in Beijing in 2019.

Greenberg Traurig Trio Fast-Tracks $1.5B Opko Acquisition

Mary Hladky : Daily Business Review : September 15, 2015

Robert Grossman, Ira Rosner and Joshua Samek led a large team of Greenberg Traurig attorneys who represented Opko Health in its $1.47 billion acquisition of Bio-Reference Laboratories.

Deal Watch: Emera, Looking South, Subs Skadden With Davis Polk

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 10, 2015

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised Canadian utility Emera on its acquisition of New England power assets two years ago, but this week the firm took the lead for Tampa-based Teco Energy on the Florida power generator's $10.4 billion sale to Emera.

Arnold & Porter's MP Named Next Firm Chairman

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : September 09, 2015

Arnold & Porter will have a new chairman on Jan. 1. Richard Alexander, the managing partner and a financial services lawyer in Washington, will take over for Thomas Milch, the firm announced Tuesday.

Reed Smith Adds Three in Asia

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 07, 2015

Gregory Wang joins the firm's Hong Kong office from Morrison & Foerster, while Calvin Chan and Kohe Hasan arrive in Singapore from Skadden and Oon & Bazul, respectively.

Fenwick Midlevels Feeling the Burn

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 04, 2015

Too much work may be a good problem to have, but it's still a problem: In the AmLaw Associate Satisfaction Survey, Fenwick associates report nonstop work, skimpy bonuses and sagging morale.

Kirkland Poaches Linklaters Finance Partner

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : September 02, 2015

Leveraged buyout specialist David Irvine is the fourth partner to leave the Magic Circle firm's Hong Kong office this year.

September Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : September 01, 2015

O'Melveny Adds China-Focused M&A Partner

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 27, 2015

Tony Wang, who had been with Weil's Shanghai office, joins OMM's Newport Beach branch.

A Lawyer's Search for Love on Reality TV

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 26, 2015

From Davis Polk to the Justice Department to … Bachelor in Paradise?

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015