Diversity and Inclusion
Davis Polk is a firm of well-rounded people who bring a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds to our work, resulting in a strong and inclusive culture, and more innovative solutions for our clients. To us, diversity means many things – gender and ethnicity, of course, but also place of origin, language, educational background, socioeconomic status, non-legal expertise and interests, and experience outside law.
- Our lawyers come from 40 countries and collectively speak more than 45 languages.
- 30% of our lawyers are minority or LGBT.
- 45% of our associates and 18% of our partners are women.
- 35% of our partners promoted in the past five years are women, minority or LGBT.
- Our 2018 summer associate class included 53% women, and was 50% minority or LGBT.
– As of March 2019
Davis Polk has a tremendous commitment to developing, retaining and promoting women. Our collaborative and open culture is incredibly supportive of women, and there’s a real willingness here to find ways to support the career of each associate.”
– Dana Seshens, Partner
Women at Davis Polk
Women excel at Davis Polk. They lead important matters, head up significant committees, run practices, serve as primary relationship partner for many of our largest clients, and hold senior roles in public service and bar organizations.
Everyone in the firm works to ensure Davis Polk provides a positive and empowering environment for women in law.
Our leadership is deeply committed to having women succeed at the firm.”
– Laura Turano, Associate
Our Affinity Groups
Our affinity groups are a cornerstone of our culture. For over a decade, we have supported six dynamic affinity groups that provide networking, mentoring, career development and leadership opportunities for our diverse professionals and a forum to explore areas of interest. Our affinity groups host or sponsor more than 40 events per year, often with our clients.
I’m proud of the diversity efforts at Davis Polk. I’m on the steering committee for the Black Affinity Group, and when we host events, the Management Committee and partners actively participate. Davis Polk is invested in diversity and understands that the firm can best serve its clients by having a diverse group of lawyers, as it brings to bear a wider range of experiences and ideas. Clients are also focused on diversity and like to know that the firm they are hiring to handle their most important and complex legal matters is a place where all associates can thrive.”
– Vanessa Jackson, Associate
- Asian/South Asian/Middle Eastern (ASAME)
- Black Affinity Group (BAG)
- DPW Parents
- Hispanic/Latinx American (HLA)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)