Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

5 Star Rating     3 reviews

Main Office:
450 Lexington Avenue | New York City | NY | 10017
Phone: 212-450-4000  | Fax: 212-450-3800 

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Year of establishment 1849 Number of Partners 159
Number of offices 10 Partner:associate ratio 0.30
Biggest office New York City Percentage of women attorneys 35.00
Number of attorneys 752 Percentage of minority attorneys 26.90
Number of associates 479 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.10
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
   3 reviews


For more than 165 years, Davis Polk has ranked among the premier law firms with practices that are world class across the board. Today, with 10 offices strategically located in key business centers and political capitals around the globe, Davis Polk remains one of the small handful of firms that leading companies and financial institutions around the world turn to for counsel on their most significant business and legal matters. Our professionals collaborate seamlessly across practice groups and geographies to provide our clients with exceptional service, sophisticated advice and creative and practical solutions that reflect a deep understanding of the full legal landscape, market practice and our clients’ businesses and objectives.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

I would like to see a few new faces around the office (new staff hired) and I would like to see more frequent room for growth as well.

Pros : Staff, management, and front desk staff are all extremely accommodating and will go well out of their way to help both you and their clients. There are always interesting cases to be worked on, so work is never dull nor tiresome.
Cons : The room for growth feels somewhat restricted at the moment. I really would like to see work reviews take place on a more frequent basis, perhaps once every three to six months.
Current or former employee? : Current Employee

- Reviewed on July 01, 2017

I think the leadership team should step away and stop fostering competition so much in the office. Let people do their own thing and the office will be better off for it.

Pros : The people working at this firm are great at what they do, and the work environment is very fast paced. People push themselves very hard here, and a lot of good work is getting done.
Cons : Sometimes the work/life balance can be a bit skewed. Everyone works very hard, but sometimes too much is too much. The leadership team fosters an aura of competition, which doesn't help matters any.
Current or former employee? : Current Employee

Awards and recognitions

Capital Markets
1st in more global and U.S. capital markets categories than any other U.S. firm - Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg final league tables
Band 1 among global law firms in both debt and equity capital markets - Chambers Global 2013
Law Firm of the Year" - 2013 Structured Products Americas Awards
1st in announced worldwide M&A and announced U.S. M&A league tables in 1H 2013 - Thomson Reuters,
Bloomberg and mergermarket
Advised on more than $120 billion in M&A transactions in 1H 2013, capturing over 20% of U.S. market share - Thomson Reuters
1st tier among U.S. law firms advising on M&A transactions - IFLR1000 2013
Band 1, Banking & Finance USA - Chambers Global 2013
Band 1, Banking & Finance Nationwide - Chambers USA 2013
Ranked among the top 5 in more than half of the league table categories, including 6 of 9 categories by volume and 5 of 9 categories by deals - Thomson Reuters LPC 1H 2013
1st tier in General Commercial Litigation: - Chambers USA 2014 and Benchmark Litigation 2014
1st tier in Securities Litigation - Chambers USA 2014, Legal 500 U.S. 2014 and Benchmark Litigation 2014
1st tier in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations - Chambers USA 2014, Legal 500 U.S. 2014 and Benchmark Litigation 2014
New York Law Firm of the Year" - Benchmark Litigation 2014
Global Dispute of the Year: Investigations" - The American Lawyer 2013
Securities Group of the Year" - Law360 2013
White Collar Group of the Year" - Law360 2013
Competition Group of the Year" - Law360 2012 and 2014
1st tier among New York law firms in antitrust matters - Chambers USA 2014 and GCR 100 2014
Law Firm of the Year" in Antitrust Law - 2013 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms ranking
Financial Institutions
The only firm ranked in Band 1 within both Financial Services Regulation categories of Banking Compliance and Broker-Dealer Compliance & Enforcement - Chambers USA 2011-2013
Financial Regulatory Team of the Year" - 2013 International Financial Law Review Americas Awards
Insolvency and Restructuring
Band 1, Bankruptcy/Restructuring USA - Chambers Global 2012-2013
Band 1, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Nationwide - Chambers USA 2013
1st tier in Corporate Restructuring (including bankruptcy) - Legal 500 2013
Investment Management
Among the top law firms nationwide in various Investment Fund and Management categories, including alternative/hedge funds, private equity funds and mutual/registered funds - Legal 500 U.S. 2012
Ranked among the top law firms nationally in hedge funds and the only firm recommended year after year for client service in this category - Chambers USA 2013
Ranked among the top law firms in private equity fund formation - IFLR1000 2012
Band 1, Tax Corporate and Finance USA - Chambers Global 2013
Band 1, Tax Corporate and Finance Nationwide - Chambers USA 2013
1st tier in Tax Financial Products - Legal 500 U.S. 2013
1st tier in Tax International - Legal 500 U.S. 2013
Won IFLR's 2013 Americas Law Firm of the Year" and Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year" awards - the first firm to win each award two years in a row
Financial Regulation Team of the Year," Restructuring Team of the Year" and Restructuring Deal of the Year" (Lehman) - 2013 IFLR Americas Awards
Band 1, Asia-Pacific Corporate/M&A, Debt, Equity and High-Yield Products (no other firm is ranked Band 1 in all four categories) ? Chambers Asia-Pacific 2010-2013
Band 1, Asia-Pacific M&A transactions - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011-2012
International Law Firm of the Year" for Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - 2012 Chambers China Awards
1st among U.S. firms in EMEA IPOs, Manager Advisers ? Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg 2012
1st among U.S. firms in EMEA Equity and Equity-Related Offerings, Manager Advisers ? Bloomberg 2012
1st among U.S. firms in Euromarket Bonds, Manager Advisers ? Bloomberg 2012
1st among U.S. firms in International Bonds, Manager Advisers ? Thomson Reuters 2012
Pro Bono
The Legal Aid Society presented 20 of our lawyers with its 2012 Pro Bono Publico Awards.
Davis Polk consistently ranks in the top 20 firms nationwide among all AmLaw 100 and 200 firms in The American Lawyer''s Diversity Scorecard."


We have a rich mix of people, with a wealth of cultural backgrounds and points of view, who work as colleagues in an uncommonly concerted way to meet clients' needs and goals.

Our lawyers come from 58 countries and collectively speak more than 40 languages.
32% of our lawyers were born outside of the United States, including 25% of our partners.
28% of our lawyers are ethnic minorities or LGBT.
41% of our associates and 18% of our partners are women.

Summer associate program

In 2010, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP had a class of 96 summer associates. 81 of those summer associates were considered for offers. 81 offers were made.

All summer associates are paid $3,077 per week, regardless of class.
1L weekly compensation $3,077
2L weekly compensation $3,077
3L weekly compensation $3,077
are 1Ls considered? No
are split summers allowed? Yes
minimum weeks for split summers 8
size of 2010 summer class 96
males 66
females 30
2Ls considered for offers 81
Offers made 81


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