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Rory A. Leraris


Broad civil litigation experience, with a focus on M&A-related litigation. Also handles securities, shareholder derivative, antitrust and general commercial disputes.

Rory has extensive experience representing and counseling corporations, financial institutions, asset managers, boards of directors and individuals in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters. Her practice focuses on M&A-related litigation and also spans securities, shareholder derivative, antitrust and general commercial disputes. She represents clients from a variety of industries, including financial institutions, energy, manufacturing, consumer products, technology and telecommunications.

Rory is recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and a “Next Generation Partner” in M&A litigation by Legal 500 U.S., which calls out her “impressive track record” in the space. She also has been named a “Rising Star” by Law360 and received an “Americas Rising Star” award from Euromoney Legal Media Group.

She serves as Board Co-Chair of Appleseed, a nonprofit network of justice centers across the United States and Mexico.



Legal 500 U.S. – M&A Litigation: Defense, Next Generation Partner 

Benchmark Litigation – United States and New York, Future Star

Benchmark Litigation – “40 & Under List,” 2017-2021

Law360 – “Rising Star: Competition,” 2019

Euromoney Legal Media Group – “Americas Rising Star: Antitrust/Competition,” 2019

J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., Amherst College
  • magna cum laude
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2024-present
  • Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, 2017-2024
  • Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, 2008-2016
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
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