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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

Sheppard Mullin Snags Babs' Second Cousin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2015

Adam Streisand, head of Loeb & Loeb's trusts and estates litigation group, is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Hogan Lovells heads to Australia and hires a DLA Piper practice leader; Baker Botts bulks up in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

George Bason Jr. of Davis Polk and Rodd Schreiber of Skadden

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Bason advised Tyson Foods Inc. on its $8.55 billion unsolicited bid for Hillshire Brands Co., edging out a competing bid from Pilgrim's Pride Corp. Schreiber, meanwhile, led the way for Hillshire.

Corporate Scorecard: The Trends Driving Dealmaking

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Transactions work was up across the board in 2014, with record-setting years in M&A and capital markets activity.

2015 Dealmakers of the Year

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Our Dealmakers of the Year package is no rote examination of the 2014's biggest transactions. Instead, we spotlight creative thinking, novel approaches and innovative work. Here we present 20 transactions—some big, some small—where effective lawyering truly made the difference.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners/Regency Energy; Deals in Brief

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Scott Barshay of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 27, 2015

Barshay, a corporate partner at Cravath, led a team from the firm advising H.J. Heinz on its proposed megamerger with Kraft Foods Group.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Foursome Feast on Heinz, Kraft Megamerger

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 26, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Kirkland & Ellis; Munger, Tolles & Olson; and Sullivan & Cromwell have landed lead roles on the Warren Buffett-backed $40 billion union of H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 26, 2015

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

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 26, 2015

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

Weil Brings on PE Partner in Hong Kong

: The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Tim Gardner has left Latham & Watkins after nearly nine years to join U.S. rival Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 19, 2015

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

Proskauer Rose's Lawsuit Against Ex-Client Is Dismissed

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : March 17, 2015

Proskauer Rose was dealt a setback in January in its long-running battle against a former client when a Manhattan judge dismissed its fraud suit against the company's executives. This month, the same judge limited the firm's discovery in a related case in which it is the defendant.

UBS Is Latest to Settle Foreign Exchange Rigging Suit

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 15, 2015

Lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott announced the $135 million settlement on Friday. Ten other major banks remain in the plaintiffs' sights for allegedly manipulating the $5 trillion-a-day forex market.

Freshfields Poaches Linklaters Asia U.S. Practice Leader

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 13, 2015

The arrival of capital markets specialist David Ludwick will create a four-partner team advising on U.S. law matters at the Magic Circle rival.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Elite New York Firms Once Again Break From the Pack

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 13, 2015

The top New York-centered firms outperformed their rivals in 2014. Revenue grew an average of 4.5 percent at 17 top firms based in the Big Apple, while profits per partner rose 5.6 percent, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

To Satisfy Clients, Law Firms Submit to Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 12, 2015

At least a dozen Am Law 200 and Magic Circle firms have attained a certification called ISO 27001 to demonstrate they're taking steps toward protecting their documents and communication systems from security breaches, and at least 21 more are in the process of seeking the certification. But even those measures are not enough for some of their biggest bank clients, which demand even tougher standards to guard against cyberattacks.

Deal Watch: Skadden Advising Endo and Valeant, With Both Vying for Salix

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

Our latest roundup of transactions sees Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Freshfields and Davis Polk take the lead for companies in the analytics, entertainment and pharmaceutical sectors.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 12, 2015

Recognition for Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : March 09, 2015

Appointments and honors announced by New York Law School, Vera Institute of Justice, Sanctuary for Families, UJA-Federation of New York, and more.

2015 New Partners: R-T

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

With Cash Easy to Come By, Dip Seen in IPOs

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 06, 2015

Late stage funding at high valuations may account for thin pipeline and explain 2015's kind-of-slow start.

Deal Watch: Three Am Law Firms Lead on AbbVie's $21 Billion Pharma Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 05, 2015

Big Pharma tops our latest roundup of deals worth $1 billion or more, with AbbVie Inc. agreeing to purchase cancer-drug maker Pharmacyclics Inc. for $21 billion. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom advised on the most number of billion-dollar deals this week, with four, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz led the way by transaction value.

Winners Announced for Asia Legal Awards 2015

: The Asian Lawyer : March 04, 2015

On Tuesday night, The Asian Lawyer held its second annual Asia Legal Awards, celebrating the region's top law firms. As promised, here's the list of lucky winners.

Fried Frank and Paul Hastings Poach IP Heads, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Patterson Belknap and Shearman & Sterling lose a pair of IP practice leaders; Cadwalader rebuilds in Houston; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

New Partners: Holland & Knight

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

New Partners: Hogan Lovells

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

March Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 27, 2015

Seven firms announce new additions.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Shire / NPS; HeidelbergCement Asset Sale; Shake Shack IPO; Marlin / NuDevco / Azure; Facebook / Wit.ai / Quickfire; OnCore/ Tekmira