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Amelia T.R. Starr

Ms. Starr is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. She has experience in a wide variety of state and federal court commercial litigation matters, regulatory enforcement proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Her matters include securities investigations and litigations, bankruptcy issues on the debtor and creditor sides, bank lending, private equity and hedge fund transactions and commodity manipulation. Her clients include corporations, boards of directors, hedge funds, private equity investors, law firms and individuals. Ms. Starr focuses much of her practice on representing financial firms and their boards of directors, including commercial banks, hedge funds and private equity firms, in a variety of regulatory and litigation settings.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Representation of Magnetation LLC in Chapter 11 proceedings on a variety of litigation issues, including a trial on contract assumption

  • Representation of a variety of lender groups on litigation and regulatory issues in both informal restructuring proceedings and chapter 11 proceedings

  • Representation of Pinnacle Airlines and Patriot Coal in connection with litigation issues during their Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Arbitration of contract disputes among members of a Delaware LLC

  • J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in a Florida state securities law litigation
  • Representation of CT Energy in federal securities litigation
  • A variety of hedge funds and private equity firms in connection with SEC inquiries
  • Several different financial institutions in complex derivative valuation disputes with Lehman Brothers
  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation in a series of regulatory inquiries and civil litigations relating to disclosures about its real estate investment portfolio
  • Amaranth LLC, a hedge fund accused of commodity market manipulation, in multiple regulatory enforcement proceedings and civil commodity manipulation actions
  • J.P. Morgan & Co. in connection with lender liability issues in federal civil litigation
  • Boards of directors of several commercial banks regarding regulatory inquiries and enforcement activity by the Federal Reserve Bank, New York State Banking Department, FDIC, the OTS and the OCC


Ms. Starr is recognized for her work in the legal industry:

  • Benchmark Litigation – “Star”: New York; “Top 250 Women in Litigation”

She is a member of Davis Polk’s Securities Litigation Group, which was named:

  • Chambers USA – Band 1: Securities Litigation
  • The American Lawyer – “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” finalist, 2014
  • Law360 – “Securities Group of the Year,” 2013

Of Note

  • Board Member, Global Advisory Board, Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Member, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, New York City Bar
  • Director and Secretary, Fund for Modern Courts
  • Director and 2nd Vice Chair, MFY Legal Services
  • Steering Committee, Kate Stoneman Project

Professional History

  • Partner, 2001-present
  • Associate, 1994-2001
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas P. Griesa, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 1993-1994


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4516
    F: +1 212 701 5516

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • B.A., Yale University, 1990
    • excellent graduate honor
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1993
    • Senior Production Editor, Annual Survey of American Law