1953: Partner Ralph M. Carson serves as lead defense counsel in the massive six-year government antitrust case against 17 investment houses, U.S. v. Henry S. Morgan, et al., which ends with a win for the defendants this year.

1952: Davis (assisted by partners Kiendl and Porter Chandler) represents U.S. Steel and successfully leads a group of steel companies and their respective law firms against a government seizure of steel mills led by President Truman. Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer, or "the steel seizure case," is one of the most famous litigations of the time.

1955: Davis dies, after a career in which he argued or took part in more than 250 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court as a private lawyer and as U.S. Solicitor General. He was preceded in death by Polk, who died in 1943, and Wardwell, who died in 1953.

1956: The firm represents the Suez Canal Company in negotiations over compensation for the nationalization of the canal by Egypt.

1958: Davis Polk advises on the first public offering by Boeing Airplane Company, which finances the construction of the first passenger jet, the 707.