Joseph A. Hall
  1. Partner

Mr. Hall is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and head of the firm’s corporate governance practice. 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 crypto-asset managers on fund formation and distribution. His advisory practice includes 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. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics of corporate governance and capital markets practice.

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 ranked as a leading capital markets lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • New York Super Lawyers

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 1999-2003; 2005-present
  • Managing Executive for Policy and Market Regulation Counsel for Chairman William H. Donaldson, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2003-2005
  • Corporate Counsel, Reuters America Inc., 1994-1996
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1989-1994; 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