Joseph G. Davis

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1131
F 202 303 2131
jdaviswillkie.com

Joseph G. Davis is a partner in the Litigation Department, focusing on complex litigation and corporate compliance matters. Joseph regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. corporations and individuals in proceedings before federal and state courts and other tribunals; conducts internal investigation; and provides litigation and litigation risk counseling.

Joseph has litigated numerous commercial matters, including alter ego and successor liability claims, fraudulent transfer claims, securities actions, professional malpractice claims, insurance coverage actions, antitrust claims, RICO claims, adversary proceedings in bankruptcies, toxic tort and related environmental insurance actions and other contract and business disputes. He has represented U.S. and non-U.S. clients in enforcement actions conducted by the United States Department of Justice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Labor and other regulatory agencies, including actions brought under the securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the antitrust laws.

Joseph has led corporate internal investigations in industries such as securities and asset management, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and media storage. He regularly counsels clients on litigation risk issues, particularly in the insurance, accounting and securities industries. He also advises clients on laws related to wiretapping and the handling of wire and electronic communications.  Joseph speaks Russian and has a particular knowledge of matters related to Russia and the post-Soviet states. 

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Joseph G. Davis is a partner in the Litigation Department, focusing on complex litigation and corporate compliance matters. Joseph regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. corporations and individuals in proceedings before federal and state courts and other tribunals; conducts internal investigation; and provides litigation and litigation risk counseling.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Accountant Malpractice:  represented major U.S. accounting firm in defense and trial of accounting malpractice claim.  See 2011 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1180.
  • Alter Ego/Fraudulent Transfer Litigation:  represent U.S. and international insurance companies in multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts.
  • Antitrust Litigation:  represented international manufacturer in California class action alleging conspiracy to exclude competitors and price fixing.
  • Bankruptcy Litigation:  represented international steel manufacturer in $150 million adversary proceeding and various related contested matters.
  • Complex Litigation:  represented satellite communications company in derivative action brought against the company, former President Clinton, then-Senator Clinton, former Vice President Gore and others.
  • Complex Litigation:  represented large international manufacturer in defense of $200 million ERISA claim.
  • Environmental Insurance Litigation:  represented policyholders in insurance coverage litigation concerning government-mandated environmental remediation costs involving decades of activity at 21 sites in the United States and Canada.
  • Government Investigation:  represented audio-visual products company in connection with an investigation of accounting matters by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Grand Jury Investigation:  represented major retail company in multiple investigations regarding immigration and other alleged violations.
  • Insurance Coverage:  represented non-U.S. insurance company in multi-jurisdiction coverage action involving enforceability of arbitration clauses under the FAA and New York Convention.
  • Mass Tort Litigation:  represented major U.S. common carrier in toxic tort actions brought by thousands of plaintiffs in federal court in Louisiana.
  • Securities Litigation: represented top former officers and directors of a public company in the automobile industry in federal securities action in New York and related state-court fraud action in Florida.
  • Pro Bono:  amicus briefing in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals on behalf of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and others in the Jose Padilla (U.S. “enemy combatant”) case.
  • Pro Bono:  lead plaintiffs’ counsel in employment discrimination claims brought against affiliate of large utility.
  • Pro Bono:  represented convicted federal judge before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, en bancSee United States v. Aguilar, 515 U.S. 593 (1995).

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Joseph serves on the Board of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Food Assistance Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides free groceries to low-income families in Arlington County, Virginia.

Selected Publications and Lectures

  • Richard Mancino and Joseph G. Davis, "Are Arbitration Clauses in International Insurance Contracts Enforceable? The Fourth Circuit Joins Debate," Insurance Coverage Law Report (August/September 2012).
  • Benjamin J. Haskin, Joseph G. Davis and Jocelyn C. Flynn, "Under the Microscope: Valuation and Hedge Funds," 10 Journal of Investment Compliance, No. 3 (2009).
  • Kevin B. Clark, Joseph G. Davis and David B. Esau, "Congress Makes Significant Changes to Rules Governing Class Actions," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (June 2005).
  • Kevin B. Clark and Joseph G. Davis, "The Growing Exposure of Foreign Companies and their Directors and Officers to U.S. Securities Laws," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (July 2003).

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