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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

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

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 20, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Big Deals

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 20, 2014

Teams from Wachtell Lipton recently advised Halliburton on its $34.6 billion cash-and-stock takeover of oil field services rival Baker Hughes, and Allergan on its proposed $66 billion cash-and-stock sale to fellow pharmaceutical company Actavis.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 17, 2014

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

New Hires Boost Ranks at Conn. U.S. Attorney's Office

Isaac Avilucea : The Connecticut Law Tribune : November 17, 2014

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has hired seven attorneys, including the newest arrival, U.S. Assistant Attorney Avi Perry, since lifting an employment freeze earlier this year. Avi, a former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, started working in the office's financial fraud and public corruption unit on Nov. 17.

Wachtell Rides Allergan, Halliburton to $100 Billion Deal Day

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 17, 2014

The Am Law 100's most profitable firm on a per partner basis took the lead on two big deals announced Monday: Halliburton's $34.6 billion acquisition of oil services rival Baker Hughes and Botox maker Allergan on its proposed $66 billion sale to Actavis. A half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms also had key roles on both transactions.

Hong Kong and Shanghai Debut Cross-Market Share Trading

Nick Ferguson : The Asian Lawyer : November 17, 2014

The two cities have launched a pilot trading system that gives foreign investors direct access to Chinese A-shares for the first time.

Bingham, Edwards Wildman Partners Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 16, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Bingham McCutchen lawyers head for the exits; Kirkland & Ellis hires again from Covington & Burling; a quick turnaround for two Quinn Emanuel litigators; government roles beckon some big firm partners and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 13, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

King & Wood Mallesons Leads China Travel Service $1B Bond

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 12, 2014

Davis Polk & Wardwell served as underwriters' counsel to the state-owned travel agency's offer.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 13, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 12, 2014

*Five firms on near billion-dollar offer by CITIC, KKR for Singapore's United Envirotech*Jones Day, Milbank lead Philippines retailer SSI Group on its recent IPO*Clifford Chance acts for Australia's AMP as it buys a stake in China Life Pension

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bingham, Edwards Wildman Slim Down Ahead of Potential Mergers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 06, 2014

As Boston-based legal giants Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer move toward potential merger votes with separate suitors, the latter is shedding a small number of staffers from its struggling London office. Bingham, meanwhile, could see up to 25 partners in three offices head elsewhere ahead of a possible union with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which this week quietly hired the cohead of Bingham's derivatives and commodities practice.

Asia Deal Digest: Nov. 6, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : November 06, 2014

*Simpson, Sullivan & Cromwell on Danone's $565 million Yashili investment*Davis Polk, Clifford Chance on China Hongqiao high-yield bond offer*Herbert Smith Freehills on Tata Motors $750 million bond offer

Going Above & Beyond

: New York Law Journal : November 04, 2014

Sanctuary for Families last week presented the organization's 12th annual Above & Beyond Awards for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy.

Answering the Call: D.C. Lawyers Work Election Hotline

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 04, 2014

Inside the Election Protection call center, where lawyers talk to voters from Pennsylvania and Florida on behalf of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The voters have called the hotline for help—how to vote, where to vote, what to take, or if they've encountered an issue—and often don't realize they're conferring with some of D.C.'s greatest legal brainpower.

Norton Rose Fulbright Raids Cybersecurity Law Boutique for Partners

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2014

David Navetta and Boris Segalis are leaving Chicago-based InfoLaw Group LLP to join Norton Rose Fulbright's offices in Denver and New York as part of a wave of hiring by Big Law to beef up their booming cybersecurity practices.

From Don Julio to Medical Research, It's All M&A to Cravath and S&C

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

Monday was a three-deal day for the corporate lawyers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Sullivan & Cromwell, as the two leading Am Law 100 firms each advised clients on a trio of notable transactions. Covington & Burling, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland, Davis Polk and Wachtell also had key roles on five separate deals.

November 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : November 01, 2014

Special Report: Big Law's Reality Check

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Amid generally flat revenue but rising partner profits, four fundamental changes are roiling the legal marketplace. Is your firm prepared?

Family of Man Executed in Cuba Denied Access to Funds

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 29, 2014

The family of the late Robert Fuller, whom the Castro regime arrested and executed by firing squad in 1960, cannot access electronic funds frozen in banks under U.S. government sanctions against Cuba to satisfy a default judgment, the Second Circuit has ruled.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Burger King-Tim Hortons, Electrolux-G.E. Appliance Division, Roche-InterMune, Norwegian Cruise Lines-Prestige Cruises

Freshfields Takes On the Wall Street Elite

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Will Freshfields's splashy new hires in New York allow it to attain the first-tier status in dealmaking that has eluded Magic Circle firms in the United States?

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Terror Victims Lose Bid to Recover Funds From No. Korea

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : October 27, 2014

North Korea's removal from a list of state sponsors of terrorism while a case claiming it provided the weapons used in a 1972 attack was pending has led the Second Circuit to refuse to allow the attachment of $378 million in funds recovered in a default judgment.


: The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

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

Southern District Announces 225th Anniversary Events

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : October 24, 2014

The Southern District of New York has announced a series of events to mark its 225th anniversary that will kick off Nov. 4 and run through October 2015. Events include a special session Nov. 4 to commemorate the first session of any court under the U.S. Constitution, a reenactment of the Pentagon Papers case in January, and yearlong courtroom sketch exhibitions.

With New Tools, Leadership, SEC Touts Toughness

Ross Todd : The Recorder : October 24, 2014

When it comes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, executives in Silicon Valley are on heightened alert.

NY High Court Upholds Rule Shielding Foreign Bank Branches

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 23, 2014

In a decision with major implications for New York and its resident global financial institutions, the state's highest court ruled Thursday that banks with New York branches needn't turn over customers' overseas assets to claimants attempting to enforce U.S. court judgments.