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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 2013 Global 100 survey, Davis Polk & Wardwell ranked as the 32nd 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 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

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 02, 2015

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Big Deals

Tom Brennan and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 01, 2015

China National Nuclear Power IPO, 58.com/Ganji, Daiichi/Sun Pharma and more of the Asia-Pacific region's largest recent transactions.

Will India Open the Door to Foreign Lawyers?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : July 01, 2015

Global law firms are keeping a cautious eye on India as the government moves closer to lifting the protectionist regulations that have barred foreign firms from the country.

Big Deals

Rebecca Geiger : Global Lawyer News : July 01, 2015

In the largest recent M&A deals across Europe, which law firms got the work?

July Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : July 01, 2015

Singapore: A Tough Market, But Law Firms Can't Stay Away

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 01, 2015

As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Singapore continues to be a hot spot for global law firms. To thrive in such a competitive legal market, firms need to be smart about where they invest their resources.

Ruling on Noncash Pay-for-Delay Deals Raises New Questions

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 30, 2015

The Third Circuit's ruling June 26 in In re Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation brought a wider array of reverse-payment settlements between pharmaceutical companies under antitrust scrutiny, bolstering the FTC's efforts against such accords and ensuring more complicated reviews of the so-called pay-for-delay deals, antitrust attorneys have said.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

At best, the nation's biggest and wealthiest firms donate 0.1 percent of revenue to legal aid, an institution in crisis. Isn't it time for more of them to pledge serious money?

Davis Polk Emails Undercut the Government's Defense in AIG Case

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Ruling in litigation over the 2008 bailout of American International Group, a judge cites formerly privileged emails from Davis Polk & Wardwell lawyers to bolster his criticism of the federal government's actions.

Davis Polk Advises Red Star Macalline on Hong Kong IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : June 26, 2015

The mainland home-improvement and furniture retailer will use the $925 million raised in its initial public offering to open nine new specialty malls and seek further expansion through acquisitions.

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, Big-Firm Lawyers Enjoying IPO Party

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 25, 2015

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, capital markets lawyers at Am Law 100 firms are reaping the benefits from a fresh round of initial public offerings, as June shapes up to be potentially the best month by volume for U.S. listings since 1999.

Stanford Ponzi Suit Continues for Chadbourne and Proskauer

Anita Abedian : The Litigation Daily : June 24, 2015

A Texas federal judge has allowed lawsuits to continue against Proskauer, Chadbourne and a former lawyer at the two firms over the roles they played representing convicted Ponzi scheme promoter R. Allen Stanford.

Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : June 19, 2015

Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.

A Look Back at the Flash Crash and Regulatory Initiatives

Roberta S. Karmel : New York Law Journal : June 18, 2015

In her Securities Regulation column, Roberta S. Karmel discusses HFT, direct electronic access, and dark pools, three developments that were publicly identified as possible causes of the 2010 Flash Crash before the arrest of a man trading from his parents' home in England for market manipulation, and the SEC's extensive rule-making initiative since the Flash Crash to alleviate some of the perceived dysfunctional aspects of the structure of the equity markets.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Flock to Pharma, as Kirkland and Skadden Snag China Work

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 18, 2015

Nearly a dozen billion-dollar deals were announced over the past week, ranging from homebuilders and retail buys to the privatization of a U.S.-listed Chinese technology company. At the same time, Am Law 100 firms had to look no further than the active pharmaceutical arena to add a few notable M&A engagements to their transactional ledger.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : June 17, 2015

Among other announcements, Robert E. Rice, a veteran regulatory enforcement lawyer and former federal prosecutor who most recently served as chief counsel to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, has joined Ropes & Gray.

Freshfields' U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2015

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cleary, Davis Polk Lead Legend's $2B Hong Kong IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 16, 2015

The parent company of Chinese computer maker Lenovo is raising capital for future acquisitions.

Morning Wrap: Greenberg Wins | Goldberg Variations at SCOTUS

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : June 16, 2015

Former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg prevails in his suit against the Federal Reserve. Justice Antonin Scalia apologizes to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after flubbing her name. Republicans look for remedies in the event the Supreme Court rules against the federally subsidized health care exchanges. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Skadden Leads 3SBio's Hong Kong Debut

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : June 15, 2015

The Chinese biotechnology company has returned to the public markets two years after delisting from the Nasdaq.

Gains Exceed Losses at Firms Statewide

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : June 15, 2015

After years of post-recession stagnant or shrinking head counts, New York state's largest 100 law firms showed solid growth in 2014, with gains spread across the New York City multinationals as well as the statewide regionals. Six of the top 10 New York City-based mega-firms showed strong growth.

On the Move

: The Recorder : June 15, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Dealmakers of the Week: Jeffrey Rosen and Kevin Schmidt of Debevoise & Plimpton

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

Rosen and Schmidt snagged roles advising the financial wizards behind Canada's state pension fund as they prepare to acquire a $12 billion chunk of GE Capital.

Davis Polk Plans Leadership Change in Tokyo

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : June 11, 2015

Linklaters Hong Kong partner Jon Gray will relocate to join the firm in Japan, taking over for soon-to-retire Tokyo managing partner Theodore Paradise.

Deal Watch: Sullivan & Cromwell Snags Work for Teva, Tokio Marine

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 11, 2015

The firm is advising Tokio Marine in its $7.5 billion insurance company buy and has unexpectedly picked up work on Teva's $40 billion bid for Mylan.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 11, 2015

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

Former BP Exec's Acquittal Raises Questions About Prosecutors' Tactics

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : June 10, 2015

Did the Department of Justice's Deepwater Horizon Task Force fail to foresee that the unwillingness of the witnesses from Congress to be flexible about their testimony?

Anne Hathaway's Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Athletes Can't Reprise Hausfeld Win in NCAA Antitrust Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 05, 2015

While Michael Hausfeld presses for massive class action fees in California, a similar case over the use of college players' likenesses has fizzled in Tennessee.