Nancy Jackson Marchand
  1. Pro Bono Counsel

Ms. Marchand is Pro Bono Counsel at Davis Polk. She works with lawyers across the firm to advise not-for-profit organizations, small businesses and entrepreneurs in transactional, corporate and financial matters on a pro bono basis. Outside of the corporate arena, Ms. Marchand’s pro bono work has focused on clemency and parole cases, asylum applications and anti-trafficking initiatives.

Fluent in French and a dual citizen of France and the United States, Ms. Marchand was a counsel in Davis Polk’s Paris office for five years prior to her appointment in 2003 as a law professor at Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris 2, where she taught U.S. contracts law and practice and U.S. capital markets law. She rejoined Davis Polk in 2015. Prior to focusing full-time on pro bono matters beginning in July 2020, Ms. Marchand was a counsel in the Financial Institutions Group working primarily on corporate governance matters and resolution plans under the Dodd-Frank Act.


  • New York State Bar Association – Empire State Counsel designation for pro bono service, 2018
  • Legal Aid Society – Pro Bono Publico Award, 2018

Professional History

  • Pro Bono Counsel, 2020-present
  • Counsel, Davis Polk, 1998-2003 and 2015-2020
  • Associate Law Professor, Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2, 2003-2015
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 1996-1997
  • Paris office, 1996-2003
  • Senior Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, 1993-1996
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1986-1993

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Political Science, Princeton University, 1981
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • summa cum laude
  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law, 1986
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing Editor, International Tax and Business Lawyer


  • French