Davis, Polk & Wardwell

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Davis, Polk & Wardwell is a global law firm that specializes in providing legal services to corporate and financial clients. In 1999, it ranked as eighth largest U.S. law firm, based on revenues. It serves some of the world's largest corporations. It has offices in New York, Menlo Park (California), Washington, D.C, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. Their corporate services include defending corporate clients in cases involving securities litigation and compliance, white collar criminal cases, products liability and mass torts, antitrust, insolvency and restructuring, professional liability, banking, consumer actions, and directors' and officers' liability. Its litigation practice has included defending R.J. Reynolds Nabisco in much publicized lawsuits filed by smokers.[1][2]

Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senator from New York who was appointed to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009 worked as an attorney with Davis, Polk & Wardwell under her maiden name Kirsten Rutnik. One of her corporate clients was Philip Morris. [3]

Steven Goldstone was a partner at Davis, Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in March 1995, as general counsel. He went on to become Chief Executive Officer of RJR.[4] [5]

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Davis, Polk & Wardwell
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10017

Telephone: (212) 450-4000
Fax: (212) 450-3800
Website: http://www.dpw.com


  1. Funding Universe Davis Polk & Wardwell, accessed March 14, 2009
  2. Davis, Polk & Wardwell company Web site Practice Introduction page, accessed March 14, 2009
  3. T.P. Harkness, Davis Polk Untitled letter Letter. Septemer 5, 1997. 1 page. Bates No. 2076721163
  4. R.J. Reynolds 1994 Annual Report 76 pages, at page 10. 1994. Bates No. 513933657/3732
  5. D.S. Wise, Davis Polk & Wardwell Statement of D. Scott Wise, Esq. of David Polk & Wardwell before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Testimony. September 16, 1997. 8 pages, at page 1. R.J. Reynolds Bates No.520525176/5183