Davis Polk partners Martine Beamon and Frances Bivens have been named to Crain’s New York Business 2019 Notable Women in Law list. The list highlights women who have made an impact both professionally and in their communities.
Beamon has successfully represented individuals and institutions in their most critical situations. Her matters have included grand jury, regulatory and independent investigations, representing companies, board of directors and individuals in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct, securities fraud, criminal tax violations, foreign corrupt practices, anti-money laundering and pharmaceutical marketing violations, among other areas. Her complex civil matters have involved allegations under the False Claims Act, consumer protection and whistleblower provisions, and other state and federal statutes.
Beamon also represents indigent defendants in criminal proceedings in federal court, including in matters involving sex trafficking and immigration. She is a member of the Board of Directors of both the Federal Defenders of New York and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, in addition to serving on the Lawyers Committee of the Innocence Project, the Lawyers Council of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City and the advisory board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. Beamon is also a founding member of Davis Polk’s affinity group for women, DPWomen, which provides networking, mentoring, career development and leadership opportunities for the firm’s women lawyers.
Bivens regularly acts as lead counsel in a broad range of high stakes commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts around the country and arbitrations around the globe. Ms. Bivens has an electrical engineering degree and specializes in litigation involving technical issues. She also regularly handles complex financial matters. Her practice is international and has included cross-border disputes arising out of India, China, Korea, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Bivens has also handled a number of important pro bono matters for underprivileged New Yorkers. Most recently, she collaborated with the Office of the Public Defender in the Eastern District of New York to address sexual assaults against female detainees. Bivens is also a member of Brown University’s Advisory Council on Diversity, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Board of Directors, New York International Arbitration Center’s Executive Committee, ICDR’s International Advisory Committee and the International Arbitration Club of New York.