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Laterals, Clerks & Trainee Solicitors

Careers
Our U.S. and international offices welcome applications from experienced lawyers, including current judicial clerks. Our London and Hong Kong offices offer two-year trainee solicitor programs, and our Paris office offers three- to six-month programs for law students interested in associate positions.

Laterals

We are happy to receive applications from experienced lawyers. Please submit your cover letter, resume and law school transcript to the relevant contacts listed below. We generally reply within two to three weeks of receipt of the application.

Many of our international offices have lateral hiring needs. Our lawyers work on cross-border transactions, with emphasis on capital markets, M&A and finance issues. We have a leading U.S. law practice in our offices worldwide. In addition, we have top-rated local law capabilities in London, Hong Kong and Paris. We also practice English law in our Hong Kong and São Paulo offices. Lawyers practicing outside the United States who practice U.S. law must be admitted in one of the jurisdictions in which the firm has a U.S. office and be in compliance with any requirements of their local jurisdiction. Lawyers practicing local law in jurisdictions outside the United States must be duly admitted to practice in such jurisdiction.

All lateral inquiries and submissions must be sent directly to the relevant legal recruiting contact listed below. Any lateral inquiry or submission sent to anyone else will not be considered and any representation will not be recognized.

New York office

Practice Resources Attorneys

Antitrust & Competition

  • The Antitrust & Competition group is looking for a HSR Specialist & Practice Resources Attorney. This position will consist of (1) assisting with premerger notification filings under the HSR Act; (2) creating and maintaining practice group resources, such as standard forms and templates; (3) assisting with business development pitches and initiatives; and (4) coordinating training programs for the Antitrust & Competition practice group. Basic knowledge of antitrust and competition law, familiarity with HSR filing process, and excellent written and oral communication skills required. Ideal candidates have at least two years of experience as a practicing attorney, and one year of completing HSR filings. The expected base salary for this position ranges from $215,000-$350,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. 

Capital Markets

  • The Capital Markets group is looking for a Practice Resource Lawyer who will help meet the continuing knowledge needs of the group. The ideal candidate will have transactional experience (including IPOs and investment-grade and high-yield debt), as well as excellent and efficient writing skills, experience advising on SEC reporting and compliance obligations, and familiarity with practice involving the SEC, NYSE, Nasdaq and FINRA. Ideal candidates will have 5+ years of relevant experience in a large law firm environment. The expected base salary for this position ranges from $275,000-$375,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • The Mergers & Acquisitions group is looking for an experienced attorney who has practiced in the M&A area and who will help to develop and implement projects designed to meet the knowledge needs of the group. Ideal candidates will have 4+ years of relevant experience in a large law firm. The expected base salary for this position ranges from $295,000-$345,000. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Northern California office

Associates

Litigation

  • The Northern California is seeking a lateral associate with 3-6 years’ experience to join our general Litigation practice. Ideal candidates will have meaningful exposure to either or both commercial/securities litigation and patent litigation. Davis Polk offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

U.S. offices

New York

Cristina Attard
Manager, Legal Recruiting
cristina.attard@davispolk.com
+1 212 450 6529

Northern California

Isabelle Ting
Manager, Legal Recruiting
isabelle.ting@davispolk.com
+1 650 752 2032

Washington DC

Samantha Sebanakitta
Coordinator, Legal Recruiting & Professional Development
samantha.sebanakitta@davispolk.com
+1 202 962 7147

International offices

London

Emily Lawrence
Manager, Human Resources
londonrecruiting@davispolk.com
+44 20 7418 1304

Paris

Pascale Foucherot
Director, Office Administration (Paris)
paris.recruitment@davispolk.com
+33 1 56 59 36 33

São Paulo, Madrid and Tokyo

Cristina Attard
Manager, Legal Recruiting
cristina.attard@davispolk.com
+1 212 450 6529

Beijing and Hong Kong

Tina Zhao
Senior Manager, Legal Recruiting - Asia
tina.zhao@davispolk.com
+86 10 8567 5036

Judicial clerks

Davis Polk litigators are recognized for their extensive experience, creativity, integrity and ability to handle the most complex and challenging litigation matters for global clients. Approximately two-thirds of our litigators have clerked for federal or state judges, including Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cristina Attard
Manager, Legal Recruiting
cristina.attard@davispolk.com
+1 212 450 6529

Trainee solicitors and Paris training

Our London and Hong Kong offices offer exemplary two-year training experiences. Trainee solicitors can expect early responsibility and meaningful work, including exposure to multiple practice areas. They grow professionally through excellent training programs, ongoing mentoring and unparalleled access to partners.

Our Paris office offers three- to six-month programs for law students interested in associate positions. They take place twice a year: from January to June and from July to December.

London

Emily Lawrence
Manager, Human Resources
londonrecruiting@davispolk.com
+44 20 7418 1304

Paris

Pascale Foucherot
Director, Office Administration (Paris)
paris.recruitment@davispolk.com
+33 1 56 59 36 33

Beijing and Hong Kong

Tina Zhao
Senior Manager, Legal Recruiting - Asia
tina.zhao@davispolk.com
+86 10 8567 5036