Paul S. Mishkin
  1. Partner

Mr. Mishkin is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. He has a diverse practice encompassing civil litigation, regulatory, and investigatory matters, including securities cases, antitrust, complex commercial litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. Among other clients, he has represented major financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, technology firms, airlines, and international conglomerates.

Work Highlights

  • High profile operations investigation matter for major financial institution as lead internal investigation partner and Davis Polk representative before the institution’s Board of Directors and senior management, as well as numerous other investigation and enforcement actions, including SEC and FINRA matters involving RMBS bond trading and broker-dealer/investment advisory rules
  • Dismissal with prejudice for General Dynamics Information Technology in class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Benchmark rate litigation matters for major financial institution, including as defense group liaison counsel in an ongoing multidistrict litigation alleging a conspiracy to manipulate LIBOR rates; successfully argued lender class certification motion on behalf of defense group, defeating certification of nationwide class alleging reduced interest payments due to LIBOR suppression
  • Representations of AstraZeneca in Antiterrorism Act case brought against major pharmaceutical companies and industry probe by the SEC and DOJ of potential FCPA violations
  • Victories for Morgan Stanley in lawsuits brought across the country by fund managers, insurance companies, and other investors based on purchases of RMBS and other instruments, including lead defense group roles in:
    • Dismissal with prejudice of lawsuit filed by Town North Bank in response to motion for interlocutory appeal
    • Dismissal with prejudice of qui tam litigation seeking potentially billions of dollars in damages as measured by the costs incurred by Chicago and Illinois as a result of the financial crisis
  • Representation of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. in connection with Chapter 11 cases filed in SDNY; served as co-trial counsel in successful multi-day Section 1113 trial
  • Defeat of class certification for major pharmaceutical company in nationwide consumer fraud action alleging improper promotion of a prescription drug


Mr. Mishkin has been recognized by:

  • Benchmark Litigation – "Future Star": New York; “Under 40 Hot List”: Nationwide

Professional History

  • Partner, 2013-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2006-2013
  • Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, 2004-2006

    Bar Admissions

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


    • B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Yale University, 2000
      • magna cum laude
    • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004
      • cum laude
      • Member, Harvard Law Review


    • Spanish