Margarita Clarens
  1. Counsel

Ms. Clarens is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department and White Collar Defense & Investigations Group in New York. She represents companies, financial institutions and boards of directors in civil and criminal matters. Her practice focuses on internal investigations and criminal and regulatory enforcement actions, in areas such as sanctions, anti-money laundering, fraud and the FCPA. She has represented clients in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and state regulatory and enforcement agencies. She also advises clients on related governance and compliance matters.

Bar Admissions

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


  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, McGill University, 2002
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2008

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2020-present
  • Associate, 2008-2020
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 2010-2011