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 securities litigation, shareholder derivative suits, bankruptcy-related litigation, and mergers and acquisition-related litigation. He also advises clients on transaction-related and regulatory matters.

Work Highlights

  • 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)
  • Sterling Equities and the owners of the New York Mets in the Madoff liquidation proceeding
  • 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
  • GEO Group Inc. in connection with a lawsuit against a former employee regarding misappropriation of proprietary information
  • Several Morgan Stanley affiliates in action brought by Chapter 7 Trustee of Anthracite Capital Inc. asserting various common law and bankruptcy-related claims
  • 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, Georgetown Law Journal