Litigation has been a cornerstone of our practice since the firm’s inception. Leading companies from around the world in every industry, as well as their executives and directors, turn to us for their most challenging litigation matters. Davis Polk litigators are recognized for their experience, creativity, integrity and strategic approach.

First and foremost, our litigators are courtroom lawyers, who have earned the respect of the judiciary, prosecutors, regulators and the bar across the nation. We concentrate in streamlining complex cases and developing strategies that win.

We view matters through the lens of our clients’ business objectives, drawing on the experience of our firm across all major industry sectors. As clients and peers frequently note, the breadth of experience and depth of quality lawyers across our practice is exceptional. Our approach has created a long track record of success for our clients, at trial and on appeal, through motions, verdicts and strategic settlements.


  • Davis Polk’s “consistently excellent” litigation practice earned an “Elite” designation and received the highest ranking among litigation firms for General Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Antitrust from Chambers USA 2003-2014: “[Davis Polk] has a strong track record handling high-profile contentious matters for financial industry clients and global corporations.” 
  • Benchmark Litigation – Peers and clients praise the firm for “extraordinary expertise in various subareas of its litigation group,” making Davis Polk a “highly recommended” national, New York, Washington DC and California.
  • Chambers USA – Davis Polk has a “[m]arket-leading practice with a stellar reputation in the New York litigation arena. Recognized expertise across the full gamut of disputes including complex commercial matters, securities litigation and white-collar work. A go-to firm for an impressive portfolio of clients, housing impressive multijurisdictional capabilities boosted by a strong international presence.” 2014
  • Benchmark Litigation – “New York Law Firm of the Year,” 2014
  • Chambers USA – “I am convinced they have some of the finest lawyers in the country from partner down to associate level. They possess the combination of relevant experience, sheer brilliance and hard work.” 2014
  • Benchmark Litigation – “Davis Polk is doing a great job on grooming the breed to carry the torch for their brand, which is built on a very respected, old-line tradition but endures so well because of the way they recruit talent into and through their ranks.” 2014
  • Chambers USA – “They are stellar as a firm and they know exactly how to treat a client. One of their standout strengths is their commercial awareness - in terms of strategy and tactics, they are among the best and they have all the right tools in place.” 2013