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Charles S. Duggan

Mr. Duggan is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. He concentrates in complex civil litigation in a variety of areas, with particular focus on securities cases, shareholder derivative suits, and mergers and acquisition-related litigation. He also advises directors, audit committees and special board committees regarding shareholder demands and internal investigations. His practice includes representing clients in commercial disputes, tax controversies and investigations by regulatory agencies. Mr. Duggan also serves as general counsel to the firm.

From April 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Duggan served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States. Before joining Davis Polk, Mr. Duggan served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Financial institutions and boards of directors in consolidated securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and ERISA cases arising from the financial and subprime crisis
  • Shareholder demands and derivative suits regarding accounting restatements, related-party transactions, board oversight and executive and director compensation matters
  • In recent years, Mr. Duggan has represented Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, AstraZeneca, Comcast, Delta, Limited Brands and Freeport-McMoRan Inc.


Mr. Duggan is consistently recognized for his work in the legal industry:
  • Benchmark Litigation – “Star”: New York
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
  • Law360 – “Securities Litigation MVP of the Year,” 2013
Mr. Duggan 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

  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Mr. Duggan represented firm clients in the negotiation and implementation of the $206 billion nationwide settlement of state government tobacco litigation.

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2002-present
  • Associate Counsel to the U.S. President, April 2004 - March 2005
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1996-2002
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court, 1995-1996
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1994-1995


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4785
    F: +1 212 701 5785

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, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • A.B., Harvard College, 1990
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1994
    • magna cum laude
    • Editor, Law Review