Andrew Ditchfield
  1. Partner

Mr. Ditchfield is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation in a variety of areas, with particular focus on mergers and acquisition-related litigation, contract disputes, securities litigation, and shareholder derivative suits. He also advises clients on transaction-related and regulatory matters.

Work Highlights

  • Lead trial counsel to the Williams Companies as plaintiff in an expedited breach of contract action in the Delaware Court of Chancery relating to a potential initial public offering
  • Lead counsel to a major foodservice solutions company as plaintiff in an expedited breach of contract action in Illinois Chancery Court relating to a potential transaction
  • Lead counsel to an international retailer in connection with a putative federal securities class action relating to disclosures about its dividend
  • Lead counsel to Baker Hughes in connection with appraisal and shareholder derivative actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Lead counsel to the underwriters in connection with more than thirty putative class actions relating to the Facebook IPO, including the dismissal of complaint alleging claims under Exchange Act Section 16(b)
  • Morgan Stanley and certain of its officers and directors in all lawsuits arising out of Morgan Stanley’s announced Q4 2007 subprime-related trading write-down of $9.4 billion
  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation in federal securities class action and derivative litigation relating to disclosures about its real estate investment portfolio
  • A special committee of the board of directors of GSI Commerce in connection with shareholder litigation challenging its $2.2 billion sale to eBay Inc., in Pennsylvania state court and the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • A major international law firm in connection with litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Multinational company in an arbitration matter involving a multi-billion dollar contract

Professional History

  • Davis Polk since 2009
  • Partner, 2016-present
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2008-2009
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2007-2008

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Amherst College, 1999
    • magna cum laude
    • with distinction
  • M.A., University of Maryland, 2002
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2007
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor in Chief, The Georgetown Law Journal