Laterals and Judicial Clerks


We are happy to receive applications from experienced lawyers. Please submit your cover letter, resume and law school transcript to the relevant contacts listed below. We generally reply within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt of the application.

New York Office


  • The Litigation Department is seeking a counsel level experienced lawyer to work closely with the Restructuring Group on bankruptcy litigation matters. The candidate should have extensive experience (1) providing strategic advice and litigation analysis to creditors, ad hoc groups and debtors in distressed situations, and (2) serving as the “first chair” litigator in contested matters before the bankruptcy court. The attorney will have extensive contact with clients and will work closely with partners, associates and counsel in both the Litigation and Restructuring Departments.   


  • The Restructuring Group is seeking a capital markets/securities lawyer. The ideal candidate would have 7 or more years of experience drafting, negotiating and reviewing bond indentures, along with other ancillary documentation, and advising on the structuring and execution of liability management transactions including tender offers and exchange offers. The lawyer would work closely with both the Capital Markets/Securities and Restructuring groups, and would need a strong familiarity with market customary bond indentures, including covenants and any collateral arrangements. The lawyer would need to be comfortable drafting and negotiating indentures and advising Davis Polk teams and clients directly with respect to the analysis and interpretation of existing documentation, including with respect to tenders, exchanges, open market purchases and other similar transactions. 

Northern California Office


  • The Northern California office is seeking a lateral associate with 2-5 years’ experience to join our general corporate practice. The Northern California office is the base for service to our West Coast clients. Our corporate practice reflects the firm’s traditional strengths in advisory, banking, finance and transactional work focused on the distinct needs of technology and life science companies. 


New York and Washington DC
Cristina Attard, Legal Recruiting Coordinator
+1 212 450 6529 tel

Northern California
Sally Downing, Director, Office Administration
+1 650 752 2042 tel

International Practice

Many of our international offices have lateral hiring needs. Our lawyers work on cross-border transactions, with emphasis on capital markets, M&A and finance issues. We have a leading U.S. law practice in our offices worldwide. In addition, we have top-rated local law capabilities in London, Hong Kong and Paris. We also practice English law in our Hong Kong and São Paulo offices. Lawyers practicing outside the United States who practice U.S. law must be admitted in one of the jurisdictions in which the firm has a U.S. office and be in compliance with any requirements of their local jurisdiction. Lawyers practicing local law in jurisdictions outside the United States must be duly admitted to practice in such jurisdiction.

Gill Baxter, London Office Administrator
+44 20 7418 1383 tel

Pascale Foucherot, Paris Office Administrator
+33 (0) 1 56 59 36 33 tel

São Paulo, Madrid and Tokyo
Cristina Attard, Legal Recruiting Coordinator
+1 212 450 6529 tel

Beijing and Hong Kong
Tina Zhao, Legal Recruiting Manager
+86 10 8567 5036 tel

Judicial Clerks

Davis Polk litigators are recognized for their extensive experience, creativity, integrity and ability to handle the most complex and challenging litigation matters for global clients. Approximately two-thirds of our litigators have clerked for federal or state judges, including Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cristina Attard, Legal Recruiting Coordinator
+1 212 450 6529 tel