Northern California

About the Office

Davis Polk's Northern California office combines the firm’s traditional strengths in transactional, advisory and litigation work with an in-depth understanding of the industry landscape and market dynamics affecting our clients.

Established 20 years ago, the office serves as a trusted advisor to corporations that range from emerging growth companies to the most prominent public companies in the world, with a particular focus on the technology and healthcare sectors. The office also has an active practice representing investment banks in underwriting and advisory roles, as well as private equity firms and other investors.

Our corporate practice emphasizes capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, SEC compliance, IP strategy and counseling, executive compensation and tax matters. We have been involved in many of the most notable securities offerings and M&A transactions involving companies in California. Our IPO practice is particularly active, ranking first among law firms for California IPOs based on Thomson Reuters deal-value data for the decade ended 2017. We are also regularly involved in all manner of debt securities transactions, including investment grade, high yield and convertible notes offerings.

Our litigators focus on a full range of antitrust, securities, intellectual property and commercial matters, representing a wide variety of clients in their most complex matters in courtrooms across the country.

We also have substantial experience in advising management teams and boards of directors on corporate defense and governance matters, often bringing together lawyers from a variety of legal disciplines to advise clients on the most sensitive board matters.

Lawyers in the Northern California office are recognized by Chambers and other publications both nationally and in California and collaborate seamlessly with colleagues in New York, Washington DC, Europe, Asia and Brazil to deliver deep knowledge and experience, sophisticated advice and first-rate service.


  • Our lawyers are ranked among the top practitioners in national and local publications including, Chambers USA, Daily Journal, Global Competition Review, IFLR1000 and Legal500
  • Ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA in California for Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • One client notes: "They are fantastic lawyers not only in terms of understanding the complexities of the law, but also the practical implementation of it. They are able to distill it down into practical reality for specific transactions, which is helpful."