Davis Polk senior counsel Harry Ballan was named the new dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and will begin work at the Central Islip, NY, school on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Ballan has been with Davis Polk since 1993 and became a partner in 1999. Until his retirement as an active Davis Polk partner in July 2015, Ballan worked on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and security offerings. He was very active in pro bono causes and, since his retirement as an active partner, he has played an active role at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, where he directs clinical and research programs, and in other teaching and research at a variety of institutions, including Yeshiva University.
“For most of my professional career, Davis Polk has been my second home,” Ballan said. “I have many good memories of deep friendships and working collaborations with cherished colleagues and of the important work we did together for clients, and I will miss daily contact with friends, colleagues and clients very much. But I am also very excited about the opportunity to lead Touro Law Center and to continue the law school’s commitment to serving the underserved and to supporting the public interest – for example, by ensuring veterans’ rights.”
Davis Polk managing partner Tom Reid called Ballan a “fantastic choice” to lead Touro Law Center.
“Touro will soon see what we at Davis Polk have seen for nearly a quarter of a century: Harry Ballan is a great legal mind, a great leader and a great advocate for pro bono and other important causes,” Reid said. “We know he will be tremendously successful in this new role.”