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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.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Davis Polk & Wardwell has 810 attorneys and is the 39th largest firm in the United States.  With $975,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 25th on The American Lawyer's 2014 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 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

Proskauer Cases Reflect Efforts to Put Firms on Defensive

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Commercial Litigation Insider : December 19, 2014

Proskauer Rose has a vigorous commercial practice that frequently brings it into the Manhattan Commercial Division on behalf of its clients. But recently, the law firm itself has been defending its lawyering in four unrelated commercial cases. In recent motions, plaintiffs have either alleged malpractice or that the firm's attorneys had conflicts of interest and should be disqualified.

Search Found Invalid Where Police Had No Intent to Arrest

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : December 17, 2014

A police search of an individual incident to arrest is invalid unless the police officer has actually arrested the person or is about to do so, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Am Law Firms Advise on Repsol's Canadian Energy Deal

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : December 16, 2014

Spain's Repsol SA will acquire Talisman Energy Inc., one of the largest remaining independent oil and gas firms in Calgary, for $12.9 billion. Repsol called upon Sullivan & Cromwell and Canadian firm Bennett Jones for advice, while Talisman turned to Norton Rose Fulbright, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

Lawyers Rock Out for Charity at "Law Rocks NYC"

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : December 15, 2014

Legal talent took the stage of the Gramercy Theatre Thursday night to perform at New York City's inaugural "Law Rocks" benefit, part of a national fundraising concert series.

PetSmart, Riverbed LBOs a Boon to Half-Dozen Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 15, 2014

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Schulte Roth, Skadden and Paul Hastings grabbed roles on the largest leveraged buyout for a U.S. company in 2014 as PetSmart, the nation's largest pet-store chain, on Sunday acquiesced to the demands of an activist investor and agreed to sell itself for $8.7 billion to a group led by private equity firm BC Partners. One day later, another activist fund headed by a Harvard Law School graduate prevailed in its bid to force an LBO at Riverbed Technology.

On the Move

: The Recorder : December 15, 2014

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

The Global Lawyer: A Salute to Hong Kong's Occupy Central

Michael Goldhaber : The Asian Lawyer : December 14, 2014

Hong Kong's students did themselves proud—and so did its barristers.

Wintry Windfall: Cahill Rewards Associates With Bigger Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 12, 2014

The Am Law 100's year-end associate bonus bonanza continued Friday as Cahill Gordon & Reindel once again blew past its competitors by rewarding its junior lawyers with a whopping wintry windfall ranging from $15,000 to $115,000.

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 11, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : December 11, 2014

*Skadden, Davis Polk advise on $619 million share sale by JD.com investors*MoFo, White & Case and Hunton & Williams on $4.4 billion Japan-led financing for LNG plant in Texas*Allen & Gledhill acts for Alibaba subsidiary on stake purchase in mobile security company V-Key

Lawyers Take Their Place on Year-End Lists of Top Hollywood, Sports Luminaries

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 11, 2014

Lawyers love their lists, and more than a few with Am Law 200 ties appear on annual compilations of dealmakers and powerbrokers by entertainment industry trade publications like The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and SportsBusiness Journal.

Sullivan & Cromwell, Cleary Meet Davis Polk on Associate Bonuses

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 11, 2014

Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton match Davis Polk & Wardwell's associate bonuses, surpassing the market standard for midlevel associates.

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

Aetna Slammed Over Outside Attorney 'Eyes-Only' Discovery

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : December 10, 2014

A Colorado federal judge has sanctioned Aetna Inc. and two of its subsidiaries in a patent case because defense lawyers designated more than 90 percent of documents they produced as viewable only by the plaintiffs' outside lawyers.

Get It While You Can

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 10, 2014

What's up with all these eye-popping bonuses?

Will Leaving a Big-Name Firm Hurt My Career?

Julie Q. Brush : The Recorder : December 09, 2014

Recruiter Julie Brush, aka The Lawyer Whisperer, answers this month's career question.

Paul Weiss Helps Ex-Partner Unload Stake in High-Speed Trader

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 08, 2014

Virtu Financial, a high-speed trading shop led by former Paul Weiss corporate partner Douglas Cifu, tapped the firm to handle its $180 million sale of a minority stake to Singapore's Temasek Holdings, only months after it scuttled a $250 million initial public offering.

Investors Win Madoff 'Fictitious Profits' Appeal

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : December 08, 2014

A Second Circuit panel concluded that trustee Irving Picard's bid to claw back about $1.6 billion in "fictitious profits" from Madoff investors is barred by a provision of the bankruptcy code that was designed, ironically, to minimize uncertainty in the securities markets.

Libor Litigation Heads to SCOTUS, Sort Of

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : December 06, 2014

Should bond investors be able to appeal a key ruling gutting private litigation against banks that allegedly manipulated Libor? Or, as the banks argue, does their bid to challenge the ruling early represent a threat to the lower courts and the multidistrict litigation process?

Asia Deal Digest: Dec. 4, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : December 04, 2014

*Skadden guides Singapore's GIC on $8.1 billion U.S. logistics acquisition*Reed Smith leads Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties $6 billion upcoming IPO*Shearman on Chinese nuclear power producer CGN Power $3.6 billion Hong Kong IPO

Two Firms, Ex-Cleary Gottlieb Associate Await Lending Club IPO

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 03, 2014

Former Cleary Gottlieb senior associate Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of The Lending Club, stands to see his stake in the peer-to-peer lender be worth some $160 million after an initial public offering next week. Fenwick & West and O'Melveny & Myers are also poised to profit from The Lending Club's future float.

Once Again, Boies Schiller Showers Associates With Extra Cash

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 03, 2014

Boies, Schiller & Flexner continued its annual tradition of hefty associate bonuses, beating the scale set over a week ago by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and matched by a flock of other Am Law 100 firms.

Toast of the Town

: Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

The general counsel at a whisky company has a surprising variety of work; and other Moves.

December Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Canadian Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

Encana/Athlon; Manulife/Standard Life; Lundin Mining/Freeport-McMoRan; Postmedia/Quebecor

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 27, 2014

*Allens, Minters on Sao Paulo-based JBS's $1.2 billion offer for Australia's Primo Smallgoods*Drew & Napier acts for property developer CapitaLand on real estate deal in Indonesia*Khaitan, Clifford Chance, Luthra on Calcutta Electric Supply's share sale in India

McNamee v. Clemens

: New York Law Journal : November 25, 2014

Bulk of 'Davis Polk Documents' Improperly Withheld Under Attorney-Client Privilege

Skadden's Senior Associate Bonuses Top the Market—For Now

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 25, 2014

The year-end associate bonus frenzy that began Friday with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett saw Am Law 100 rivals Davis Polk & Wardwell and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom top the market scale for some associates.


: The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

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

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 24, 2014

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 20, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : November 20, 2014

*HSF leads $1.2 billion transfer of power assets within state-run China Huaneng Group*Allen & Overy, Ashurst on $2.8 billion financing of Indonesian natural gas project*Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Hastings on Samsung SDS's $1.1 billion IPO in Korea