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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 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

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

Lawyers Who Lead by Example

: New York Law Journal : August 21, 2015

The New York Law Journal announces the 2015 honorees for Lawyers Who Lead by Example in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Public Service and Pro Bono. The attorneys will be featured in a special section and honored at a dinner on Oct. 14.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 20, 2015

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

Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : August 19, 2015

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

Remembering White House Rejects Who Shaped Big Law

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 18, 2015

One thing is certain about the 2016 presidential race: It's going to leave a lot of former Republican candidates looking for something to do. Luckily they've got some role models.

Orrick Snags Corporate Partner From Pillsbury

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 17, 2015

Michael Sullivan specializes in emerging growth companies and venture capital.

UK Firms Eye Axiom-Like Outsourcing Biz in Asia

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : August 17, 2015

Eversheds and Allen & Overy hope to tap a new revenue source as the region's general counsel suffer the same pressures to cut costs as their peers in London and New York.

Judge Dismisses Legal Challenge to Upstate Casino

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : August 12, 2015

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a thoroughbred racetrack and casino near Rochester, saying the amendment to the state Constitution authorizing new casinos did not require the state to consider the possibility of destructive competition to existing nearby gambling businesses.

Cleary Gottlieb Got Call on Google Restructuring

David Ruiz and Patience Haggin : The Recorder : August 11, 2015

A favored firm for recent deals, it drew the assignment to create Alphabet and smooth the way for the search business to operate independently of its other units.

When Juries Get Patent Suits Wrong: Judge Voids $28M Judgment Against Comcast

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 09, 2015

It was a victory-from-the-jaws-of-defeat moment for lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell and Winston & Strawn when a federal judge in Delaware on Friday voided a $27.6 million jury verdict against their client Comcast IP Holdings. The case raises the question: Why try patent suits before juries in the first place?

Dealmaker of the Week: Phillip Mills of Davis Polk & Wardwell

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Mills advised PartnerRe on a previously agreed-upon merger with AXIS Capital before changing gears to confront an evolving—and ultimately successful—hostile bid by Italian investment firm Exor.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 06, 2015

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

Deal Watch: Firms Guzzle Fees in Coca-Cola Bottling Merger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 06, 2015

When Coca-Cola bottlers combine to create the largest independent bottler for the mega beverage brand, they need a fountain of law firms to seal the deal. Plus, the pharma M&A frenzy continues in our latest roundup of billion-dollar deals.

Jones Day Nabs Pair of Big Mining and Media Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 03, 2015

Bankruptcy filings might be down 12 percent over the past year, according to a recent report released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, but Jones Day has landed key roles on two new notable filings on the business bankruptcy docket.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Former Davis Polk Partner Now Playing A Different Tune

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : July 31, 2015

Harry Ballan resigned from the partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell to pursue a lifelong interest in music theory and neuroscience. Now senior counsel at the firm, Ballan is also a director at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in the Bronx.

Big Deals: $54.2B Health Insurer Acquisition

Jasmine Grays : New York Law Journal : July 30, 2015

Anthem Inc. is buying rival Cigna Corp. for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S. patients. Also, Lockheed Martin will acquire Blackhawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion as it seeks greater access to the military and commercial helicopter market.

Deal Watch: Teva's Generics Buy Headlines Banner M&A Week

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 30, 2015

A bevy of transactions in the pharmaceutical industry and industrial sector in Europe helped make the past week a big one for M&A, with more than a dozen billion-dollar deals being announced.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 30, 2015

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

Davis Polk Leads CICC's $1B Hong Kong IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The deal gives shareholders KKR and TPG Capital the chance to exit stakes they've held in the Chinese investment bank since 2010.

Judge Declines to Dismiss Claims Against Proskauer and Chadbourne

Anita Abedian : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The two firms, along with Greenberg Traurig and Hunton & Williams, are still fighting claims that they helped facilitate R. Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme.

Judge Focuses Issues in Suit Against Proskauer

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : July 27, 2015

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing rejected a request by an oil tanker company to decide a legal question early on in its legal malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The A-List: The Runners-Up

Jim Schroeder : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

The next tier of firms in our A-List rankings, and what they need to do to step up.

In China's Crackdown on Rights Lawyers, Big Law Says Little

American Lawyer staff reporting : The Asian Lawyer : July 24, 2015

Am Law 200 and Global 100 firms active in China appear reluctant to join the bar associations around the world that have expressed support for the lawyers detained by the Chinese government in July.

China's Global Law Offices Hires From Davis Polk

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : July 23, 2015

Shanghai-based litigation partner Jerry Fang used to be a Hong Kong associate working on FCPA matters at the U.S. firm.