Our corporate pro bono efforts are focused on a wide variety of areas. We work with nonprofit organizations on business ventures, contracts, corporate governance issues, intellectual property, mergers, microfinance, real estate and tax questions, among other matters. Several of these are described in more detail below.

Some of our corporate pro bono clients include End Rape on Campus, A House on Beekman, the Hispanic Society of America, iCivics, Lighthouse International Film Festival,, SeaChange Capital Partners, the Station Alliance and Wingspan Arts.

  • We devoted nearly 4,000 hours to corporate pro bono work in 2015.

Corporate Governance

Davis Polk provides ongoing corporate governance advice to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Some of our recent clients have included Groundswell Community Mural Project, Minds Matter and the Sylvia Center.

Intellectual Property

The Davis Polk IP Transactional Group advises and counsels pro bono clients on intellectual property-related matters. Our IP lawyers provide advice on IP-related agreements, software agreements, licenses and website-related matters.

Some of our recent clients include the American Skin Association, Case Commons, Classroom, Inc., Groundswell Community Mural Project, iCivics and  

In addition, we have assisted Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with IP-related clinics held at Davis Polk.


We serve as counsel for several microfinance clients, including Grameen America, MicroCredit Enterprises, Oikocredit, and Pro Mujer. These organizations work to alleviate poverty by facilitating micro-entrepreneurship.

Our lawyers have assisted in drafting loan documentation, employee policies and lease agreements. We have also advised on credit facility matters and handled closings and other transactional matters.

Real Estate

Davis Polk provides ongoing real estate assistance to corporate pro bono clients Financial Services Volunteer Corp., GMHC, Hour Children and Settlement Housing Fund, among others.


Since the spring of 2011, we have partnered with Citibank to participate in the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) small business clinics. NELP, a City Bar Justice Center program, that provides free legal assistance to low-income micro-entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a small business or who already have an existing business.

At two-hour small business clinics, our lawyers have provided advice on business entity formation, commercial leasing, intellectual property, contracts and tax, as well as other issues relevant to low-income micro-entrepreneurs.

We have participated in 12 clinics since we began the program.