5 Star Rating

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.





New York City






Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Reviews view all

Reviewed on December 18, 2017

I would personally like to see management keep up the good work and continue to hire new attorneys and other staff members to help free up our hands when working on difficult cases.

Everyone here is very helpful and professional. Some of the best attorney's in the area work at this firm. I also have found the work to be very interesting as well.

Hours can sometimes be longer than I'd like but that comes with the territory especially considering that we have a tendency to take om some very difficult cases.

Current Employee

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.

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.

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 Employee


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.

Practice Areas

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Davis Polk seeks to hire applicants with outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, personal skills, creativity, and the willingness to take initiative.

Pro bono

Pro bono work is a core responsibility of Davis Polk. We are committed to serving the public good and providing legal services to those who cannot otherwise obtain legal representation. Our lawyers work on pro bono matters throughout their careers at the firm, and we champion pro bono work through partner mentoring, training opportunities and the commitment of resources. We consider pro bono work to be of equal stature to billable matters, and our lawyers offer the same caliber of service to our pro bono clients as we do to our paying clients.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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."

Diversity Write a review

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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