Joseph A. Hall
  1. Partner

Mr. Hall is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and co-head of the firm’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) Group. His transactional practice includes advising companies and investment banks on initial public offerings, block trades and investment-grade, high-yield and convertible-debt offerings, as well as advising cryptoasset managers on fund formation and distribution. His advisory practice includes working with blockchain and cryptoasset companies and sponsors on federal securities law matters, as well as advice with respect to sensitive C-suite and board matters, corporate governance matters generally, public company reporting obligations, securities law compliance and the regulation of credit rating agencies.

Mr. Hall began his career at Davis Polk in 1989. Between 2003 and 2005 he served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, ultimately as Managing Executive for Policy under Chairman William H. Donaldson, where he assisted in directing the Commission’s policy-making and enforcement activities.


Mr. Hall is recognized as a leading lawyer in several industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: USA
  • Chambers USA – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Nationwide
  • Chambers USA – FinTech: Legal
  • IFLR1000 U.S. – Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
  • Super Lawyers – Securities & Corporate Finance: New York
  • Legal 500 U.S. – Corporate Governance
  • American Crypto Association – Top 25 Crypto Lawyers | 2020

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 1999-2003 and 2005-present
  • Managing Executive for Policy and Market Regulation Counsel for Chairman William H. Donaldson, Securities and Exchange Commission, 2003-2005
  • Corporate Counsel, Reuters America, 1994-1996
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1989-1994 and 1996-1999
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1988-1989

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985
    • with highest honors
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1988
    • James Kent Scholar
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Charles Bathgate Beck Prize
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Columbia Law Review