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Lara Samet Buchwald

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. 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.
  • Arch Coal, Inc. in all aspects of its chapter 11 reorganization
  • Bank of America and its affiliates in a variety of civil litigations and bankruptcy cases, including in litigation arising out of the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy
  • Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. in all aspects of its chapter 11 reorganization, including as trial counsel
  • 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
  • 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

Of Note

  • Global Advisory Board Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Board Member and Chair, The Legal Aid Society New Leadership Board

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


  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY
    P: +1 212 450 4351
    F: +1 212 701 5351

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • 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, Annual Survey of American Law