Davis Polk provides the experience and environment that help you develop into a world-class lawyer, no matter where your career takes you. From your first day, you’ll be involved in complex and meaningful matters, working side by side with some of the best lawyers in the world. It’s an experience like no other — collaborative, challenging, and inspiring — and it gives you the skills and knowledge to become a leader in your field.

Who We Are

Davis Polk is a leading law firm, highly regarded by clients, judges, government officials and our peers. Our clients – including some of the most prestigious companies and institutions in the world – trust us to provide the highest-caliber service and legal advice.

Along with the excellence of our work, we are proud of our close-knit, collaborative culture. This is a place of remarkable, accomplished people who work together seamlessly to achieve the best results for our clients.

Ultimately, Davis Polk is about respect: respect for our clients and their vision, respect for hard work and commitment, and respect for different perspectives that lead to new and effective approaches and keep us at the forefront of the legal profession. 

Your Path

Wherever your career may take you, Davis Polk prepares you for success. Along with early responsibility and meaningful work, associates receive top-level training, participate in professional development programs, and benefit from ongoing mentoring. The Davis Polk experience helps you become an excellent lawyer and gives you the top credentials that will open doors throughout your career.

Our Work

Leading companies around the world turn to Davis Polk with their most significant matters. As an associate, you’ll be part of a team that is challenged on a daily basis to find the smartest, most innovative solutions to our clients’ needs.

Davis Polk is recognized for the exceptional strength of our corporate, litigation and tax practices. Our depth in each of these areas, as well as our global reach, brings us important work on a wide range of matters, including the following:

  • Sophisticated global M&A deals
  • Groundbreaking securities offerings
  • High-profile leveraged lending transactions
  • High-stakes complex corporate restructurings
  • Innovative FinTech matters
  • Complex compliance issues
  • Corporate governance advice on critical matters for C-suites and boards
  • Bet-the-company litigation and enforcement matters
  • Strategic tax transactional advice and tax litigation defense
  • Cutting-edge financial regulatory developments

Pro Bono

Our pro bono program is a critical component of the overall work that we do. Our pro bono projects contribute to the training and supervision of associates in trial work and other matters.

In 2016, Davis Polk lawyers devoted numerous hours to pro bono work. Many organizations publicly honored Davis Polk and its lawyers publicly for our pro bono work in 2016, including The Legal Aid Society, Sanctuary for Families and the New York City Bar Association.

Diversity and Inclusion

Davis Polk is a firm of well-rounded people who bring a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds to our work, resulting in a strong and inclusive culture, and more innovative solutions for our clients.

To us, diversity means many things – gender and ethnicity, of course, but also place of origin, language, educational background, socioeconomic status, non-legal expertise and interests and experience outside the law.

Davis Polk consistently ranks in the top 20 of The American Lawyer’s “Diversity Scorecard,” and for good reason:

  • Our lawyers come from 46 countries and collectively speak more than 40 languages.
  • 23% of our lawyers were born outside of the United States, including 22% of our partners.
  • Over 30% of our lawyers are diverse or LGBT.
  • 44% of our associates and 19% of our partners are women.

Recent Recognition

  • 2013-2016: “M&A Practice Group of the Year” by Law360
  • 2016: Credit Group named “Finance Team of the Year” at the Chambers USA Awards
  • 2016: ranked second in global M&A deals by Dealogic
  • 2016: ranked first in 13 Global and U.S. league table categories by Thomson Reuters
  • 2016: ranked first in 10 Global, U.S. and EMEA league table categories by Bloomberg
  • For more than a decade, Davis Polk has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA for Antitrust, General Commercial, Securities Litigation and White Collar Crime.

Representative Matters: 2016

Patheon’s $719 million SEC-registered IPO of ordinary shares and NYSE listing

Molson Coors’ $2.5 billion SEC-registered Class B common stock offering, proceeds of which were used to partially fund its acquisition from Anheuser Busch InBev SA/NV of SABMiller plc’s interest in MillerCoors LLC

Exxon Mobil’s $12 billion SEC-registered notes offering

AbbVie’s $7.8 billion SEC-registered notes offering, proceeds of which were used to finance its acquisition of Stemcentrx, Inc.

Postal Savings Bank of China’s HK$56.6 billion ($7.3 billion) Rule 144A/Regulation S IPO and listing on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the largest global IPO in over 2 years

DONG Energy’s DKK 17.1 billion ($2.6 billion) IPO of shares and listing on the Nasdaq Copenhagen, the largest IPO to ever take place in Denmark

Syngenta’s $45 billion pending acquisition by ChemChina, the largest proposed Chinese outbound transaction

Baker Hughes’ pending $25 billion combination with GE’s oil and gas business

Arch Coal’s $6 billion chapter 11 proceedings, one of the fastest multibillion-dollar bankruptcies in recent years

FIFA: Conducting an internal investigation for a major financial institution that has transacted with parties involved in the ongoing FIFA prosecution.

Benchmark Manipulation: Advising multiple banks in connection with the widely reported antitrust investigations and parallel civil litigation into benchmarking manipulations (FX, LIBOR and ISDAfix).

Facebook: Counsel to each of the 33 underwriters of the Facebook IPO against various securities law claims brought by shareholders.

Con Edison: Counsel to Con Ed in connection with high-stakes commercial litigation and investigations arising out of various steam pipe eruptions, gas explosions and Superstorm Sandy. 

Comcast: Achieved back-to-back wins for Comcast in patent litigation against Sprint; a $27.6 million jury verdict in favor of Sprint was overturned and a $7.5 million jury verdict in favor of Comcast was upheld.

Clearstream Banking: Obtained a landmark settlement between Clearstream and the OFAC which included a reduction of more than 50% from the originally contemplated penalty.

Summer Program

Our U.S. summer program provides you with an all-encompassing experience of work and life at one of the world’s top-rated firms.

What to expect:

Real work: You’ll work closely with partners and associates on significant cases and transactions that involve well-known companies and financial institutions.

A program tailored to your needs: We assign associates to work full-time on the programs, ensuring you have a range of work assignments and a fulfilling experience overall.

Professional development: Dive into our many training programs and practice area overviews.

Mentoring: All new Davis Polk lawyers are matched with both an associate mentor and a partner mentor who introduce the new lawyer to the firm and the work and provide ongoing professional development guidance.

Cultural and social events: Sporting events, dinners, wine tastings, museum tours — our coordinators plan a range of events designed to give you the chance to get to know your Davis Polk colleagues.

Pro bono opportunities: We work on a wide variety of pro bono matters, andwe welcome you to get involved in these rewarding projects. We also offer two-week externships at several public interest organizations in New York City.

Travel: Some of our summer associates spend four weeks working in one of our overseas offices, while others split their time between New York and Menlo Park or Washington, DC. And some associates have the opportunity to travel on a client matter.

For more information, please visit our website at www.davispolk.com or careers.davispolk.com