Harry Ballan


Harry Ballan was senior counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Prior to this, he was Dean and Professor of Law at Touro Law Center. He began his teaching career as an instructor in music at Yale University, and since then, he has also taught music at Penn State University and Brandeis University. His career in legal education began in 2003 as an adjunct associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and he has also taught law as an adjunct professor at New York University. At Yeshiva University, he has taught a range of subjects relating to music and the brain, creativity, and decision-making. Additionally, he has served as Vice Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee and a member of the Investment Committee at Yeshiva University among many other volunteer roles throughout his career. He has been practicing law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for over 25 years, sixteen as a partner. During this time, he has been consistently listed as among the Best Lawyers in America by Chambers and other publications.

While at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Ballan leads teams on numerous domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs and security offerings. He has worked on private equity and hedge funds for clients including Metalmark, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup. Ballan has also led an active pro bono practice for numerous clients, focused in recent years on veterans and PTSD.

He has a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D. in history and theory of music, all from Yale University. Ballan received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.