Arthur F. Golden
  1. Senior Counsel

Mr. Golden, currently Senior Counsel, was global co-chairman of Davis Polk's mergers and acquisitions practice, the senior Davis Polk partner, and for nine years was a member of the firm's Management Committee. He is also the senior independent member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric, where he sits on the Executive Committee, is Chairman of the Finance Committee and previously chaired the Corporate Governance Committee. He has regularly represented large multinational companies with respect to acquisition-related transactions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and defensive matters, and was the senior partner in the firm’s practice in competition and antitrust matters, which include domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and antitrust counseling and litigation, both private and governmental (civil and criminal).

He has also represented clients in various contested acquisition matters, and numerous federal grand jury investigations, including the investigations of trading practices with respect to U.S. government securities, the air cargo, vitamins, commercial tissue, and explosives industries, violations of U.S. export controls, and the ‘Ill-Wind’ criminal investigation into fraud in the Pentagon procurement process.

He has successfully tried antitrust merger cases against the government and private parties and acted as one of the two lead negotiators for the U.S. tobacco industry in the effort to resolve, through legislation and settlements, the legal issues facing that industry.

He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio


  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1966
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1969
    • Editor, New York University Law Review