Lara Samet Buchwald
  1. Partner

Ms. Buchwald is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts and bankruptcy litigation and she litigates cases from dispositive motions and discovery through trial and appeal. She also advises clients with respect to a wide range of civil litigation and advisory matters.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Aetna Inc. in shareholder litigation arising out of Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. and arising out of Aetna’s withdrawal from ACA exchanges
  • Arch Coal, Inc. in all aspects of its chapter 11 reorganization
  • AstraZeneca in litigation arising out of an alleged breach of a licensing agreement
  • Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. in all aspects of its chapter 11 reorganization, including as trial counsel
  • Citi in fraudulent transfer and securities litigations arising out of the bankruptcy of Millennium Health
  • Comcast Corporation as trial counsel in class action antitrust litigation
  • Con Edison in a variety of major litigations, including mass-action civil litigation arising out of a 2007 steam main rupture in midtown Manhattan
  • Guy Carpenter & Company in connection with mergers-and-acquisition related litigation
  • Patriot Coal Corporation in all aspects of its chapter 11 reorganization, including as trial counsel
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in a putative securities class action against PwC audit client and PwC and in connection with the Caesars bankruptcy
  • A consortium of lending institutions as appellate counsel in fraudulent transfer litigation arising out of the TOUSA, Inc. bankruptcy
  • Directors and officers of various public companies in shareholder derivative and securities actions
  • The Legal Aid Society in connection with a wide array of pro bono matters, including successful litigation to the New York State Court of Appeals regarding indigent defense case assignments by the City of New York and extensive advisory work concerning indigent defense caseloads


  • Law360 – “Rising Star: Bankruptcy,” 2018
  • The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Publico Award - 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2018

Of Note

  • Global Advisory Board Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Board Member and Chair, The Legal Aid Society New Leadership Board (2012 - 2019)
  • Board Member, The Legal Aid Society

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk since 2017
  • Associate, 2008-2017
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald, U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2010-2011

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • A.B., Public Policy Studies, Duke University, 2005
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2008
    • cum laude
    • Articles Editor, New York University Annual Survey of American Law