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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 810
  • Gross Revenues: $975,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,205,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $2,940,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -3

Davis Polk & Wardwell is a New York-based law firm. The firm ranked 25th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms by revenue, with $870,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. The firm was ranked 29th on the 2011 Global 100 survey in terms of revenue worldwide. With 742 attorneys, the firm ranks 45th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, Davis Polk has been in and around the top fifty of The American Lawyer's annual Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms by revenue since 1986. Practice areas include corporate; litigation; tax; international; mergers and acquistions; real estate; and antitrust. The firm's offices worldwide include locations in London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 25 -3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 25 -3 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

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 14, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

*Linklaters leads Dairy Farm's $925 million investment in Shanghai-listed Yonghui Superstores*Norton Rose Fulbright advises Fosun International on its winning bid for Roc Oil in Australia*Amarchand advises on a $349 million share sale by Bharti Airtel's tower unit

Cleary on Korea Ex-Im Bank's $1 Billion Bond Offer

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

The credit agency sold two $500 million tranches of notes to extend loans and repay debt.

Top Tax Lawyers Mum on Inversion Debate

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

More than a decade ago, when corporate inversions came under scrutiny, a group of leading New York tax lawyers—headed by a Paul Weiss partner and including partners from Skadden, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Cravath—took a principled stand and called for urgent action to stop these deals. Twelve years later, a new wave of inversions has sparked controversy and calls for reform. This time the corporate tax bar's lawyers are silent.

Judge Won't Toss Antitrust Class Actions Against MLB, NHL

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 10, 2014

Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and cable broadcasters are stuck fighting claims that they schemed to shield regional sports networks from competition for live game broadcasts.

Asia Deal Digest: Aug. 7, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

*Milbank leads Tata Steel's first dollar-denominated bond sale, worth $1.5 billion*Ropes & Gray advises Macquarie fund on investment in New York Stock Exchange-traded JinkoSolar*Malaysia's Sona Petroleum taps Norton Rose Fulbright for oil concession purchase in Gulf of Thailand

Gannett Splits Media Business While Buying Out Cars.com

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

Wachtell, Nixon Peabody, Skadden and Davis Polk advise as yet another media company offloads slower-growing legacy publications. Gannett is separating its publishing business, including USA Today, while paying $1.8 billion for Cars.com.

Emerging Technology Shapes Future of Law

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

From IBM research facilities in New York to tiny startups in Silicon Valley, technology companies have set their sights on upending the legal services industry.

Still Burning a Hole

Susan Beck : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Hefty rewards are waiting for whistleblowers to come get them.

Grinding to a Halt?

Julie Triedman : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Law department efforts to diversify law firms have yielded little progress.

Asia Deal Digest: July 31, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 31, 2014

*Ashurst, Morrison & Foerster lead billion-dollar tie-up between Itochu and CP Group*Kirkland & Ellis acting for Chinese mobile game developer iDreamSky Technology on Nasdaq IPO*Milbank on GIC's investment in Philippine conglomerate Metro Pacific

New Deals

: New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Bargain retailer Dollar Tree Inc. is buying rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.5 billion in cash and stock in a bid to create one of the largest discount retailers in North America. Also, online property website Zillow will acquire rival Trulia for $3.5 billion.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Fee Tracker: Comic-Con, Cooperstown and El Pollo Loco

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Pillsbury Winthrop reaps the benefits from San Diego's Comic-Con, Patterson Belknap brings in the bacon from the Baseball Hall of Fame, Skadden's crazy chicken windfall and the dollar values associated with other Am Law 200 clients in our latest look at legal billings.

Four Am Law 100 Firms Help Zillow Snap Up Trulia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Shearman & Sterling, having already scored a big victory Monday in a major international arbitration case, has teamed up with Perkins Coie to advise online property website Zillow on its $3.5 billion buy of rival Trulia, which is receiving outside counsel from Goodwin Procter and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Minority GCs Want More Diversity From Outside Counsel

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

At a Minority Corporate Counsel Association conference in Washington, D.C., general counsel called on outside counsel to do more to increase the number of minorities and women in their ranks.

Asia Deal Digest: July 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

*J. Sagar Associates, Allen & Overy lead Indian state-run ONGC Videsh's $2.2 billion bond sale*Duane Morris & Selvam advises Korean film company Spackman Entertainment Group on Singapore IPO*Norton Rose Fulbright acts for Toyota's trading arm on auto parts distribution deal in Thailand and Malaysia

New Court Program Seeks to Aid Sex Trafficking Victims

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Often, human trafficking victims have legal representation in their criminal cases, but no help with any potential immigration issues, leaving them with nowhere to turn but to their traffickers. A new project in Queens is recruiting volunteer attorneys to help.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Rodger Citron has been appointed to serve as associate dean for academic affairs at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Martin Clearwater & Bell has added Gregory Reilly as a partner and head of its employment and labor law practice group, and other moves.

The Careerist: Big Law Partner to Wed Star of Wonder Years

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The latest in gossipy, curious and totally irrelevant news about people in law.

Dealmaker of the Week: Davis Polk & Wardwell's William Chudd

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

Chudd led the deal team advising Irish drugmaker Shire Plc on its sale to AbbVie for $54.8 billion in cash and stock—marking the largest ever corporate inversion, in which a U.S.-based company lowers its taxes by moving overseas.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Seven firms announce new additions, while Davis Polk & Wardwell has elected two new partners.

SEC Lawyer To Be GC at Investment Company Institute

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

The Investment Company Institute is picking up senior U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer David Blass as its general counsel.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Asia Deal Digest: July 10, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

*King & Wood Mallesons on Puma Energy's $526 million investment in Papua New Guinea*Davis Polk leads aluminum products maker China Hongqiao Group's $400 million bond issue*Baker & McKenzie advises Spanish solar company Gestamp on Japan project financing

Kamins Returning to Bench While Investigation Proceeds

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins is going back to work next week as a civil court judge in Queens, while a judicial ethics panel investigates allegations that the jurist improperly served as a behind-the-scenes political advisor to embattled former District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes.

Undeterred, AbbVie Makes Another Play for Shire

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

After being rebuffed three times by Shire, AbbVie announced a sweetened bid of $51.5 billion for the Irish pharmaceutical company. Advising AbbVie are Herbert Smith Freehills and Sullivan & Cromwell; Shire turned to Slaughter & May and Davis Polk & Wardwell.

SABMiller Sells Stake in Tsogo Sun for $1.1 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The world's second-largest beer brewer said Monday that it would sell the stake in Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd. back to the South African hotel and gaming group as well as to institutional investors. Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Webber Wentzel and Davis Polk all advised on the deal.

Davis Polk on Greenland's $1 Billion Bond Sale

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Chinese property developer is raising money to fund overseas projects.

Davis Polk's Big Bet in Hong Kong

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

The Wall Street firm has assembled a dream team, with an eye on China's rising corporate elite. Is the market ready?

Skadden Crowned Winner in M&A Rankings

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom sat atop three separate rankings of legal advisers for M&A deals based on total transaction value in the first half of the year.