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John R. Ettinger

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Managing Partner
New York, NY, USA

John R. Ettinger

Mr. Ettinger is the Managing Partner of Davis Polk.

In his own practice, as a member of our Corporate Department, Mr. Ettinger represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, restructurings, takeover defense and corporate governance issues. He also provides general corporate and securities law advice. He has regularly represented leading investment banks in a wide variety of matters. He has also represented many other corporations on M&A and other matters.


Listed as a leading lawyer in the areas of M&A, private equity and corporate governance in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, named as one of the two “senior statesmen” in the area of private equity
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Practical Law Company’s Cross-border Corporate Governance Handbook
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers, Expert Guide to the World’s

Leading Private Equity Lawyers and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers

  • Serves on the national board of Communities In Schools, Inc.
  • Member, Yale University Council
  • Trustee, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire 
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services


  • Managing Partner, 1999-present
  • Partner, 1986-present
  • Associate, 1979-1986

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