Heather M. Ward
  1. Counsel

Ms. Ward is counsel in Davis Polk's Litigation Department.  In addition to advising multinational corporations and financial institutions in connection with a wide variety of complex civil and criminal litigation matters, Ms. Ward has extensive experience representing other international law firms facing malpractice and breach of duty claims.  She also regularly advises clients in connection with both internal investigations and investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Work Highlights

  • Representation of multiple prominent international law firms in high-stakes breach of fiduciary duty and negligence actions in various jurisdictions across the country
  • Advice to a large industrial multinational corporation in connection with civil RICO and Robinson-Patman Act claims
  • Representation of Siemens AG in connection with civil, criminal and regulatory matters in numerous jurisdictions relating to corruption allegations, including SEC and DOJ investigations into alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Representation of the Board of Directors of a large publicly-traded company in connection with civil litigation in Delaware Chancery Court
  • Representation of a public accounting firm in investigations before the SEC, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and other regulatory bodies, as well as in other litigation
  • Advice to a multinational brokerage firm in connection with a confidential internal investigation into a rogue trading incident
  • Representation of a former Fortune 500 CEO in connection with securities fraud and obstruction of justice charges

Of Note

  • Served as counsel to The Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. The Commission authored two landmark reports concerning the functioning of the courts and proposed reforms to improve the delivery of justice in New York State
  • Lead counsel in the pro bono representation of Chinese restaurant workers in a wage and hour case filed in the Southern District of New York

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2013-present
  • Associate, 2004-2013
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2003-2004

Articles and Books

Bar Admissions

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


  • B.A., Government, Georgetown University, 2000
    • cum laude
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2003
    • Member, Duke Law Journal