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John R. Ettinger

Managing Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Retired)


John R. Ettinger was Managing Partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, New York, NY from 1999 to 2011,where he represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring, takeover defenses and corporate governance issues. He also provided general corporate and securities law advice. He joined Davis Polk in 1979 and became a partner in 1986. Mr. Ettinger served from 2012-2015 as the CEO of The Helmsley Charitable Trust, which leverages over 5.5 billion dollars of assets to support a diverse range of organizations and programs in the areas of health, education and human services and selected location-based initiatives. Mr. Ettinger graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1973 and in 1978 received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was developments editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, Oxford University from 1973-75.  He is also a former Trustee of the Phillips Exeter Academy, a member of the Yale University Council, a director of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services.