Joseph G. Davis is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation Department. He focuses on complex litigation and corporate compliance matters. Joe regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. corporations and individuals in proceedings before federal and state courts, bankruptcy courts and other tribunals; conducts internal investigations; and provides litigation and litigation risk counseling.

Joe has litigated numerous commercial matters, including contract claims, alter ego and successor liability claims, fraudulent transfer claims, securities claims, professional malpractice claims, insurance coverage actions, antitrust claims, environmental claims and RICO claims. 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, and other enforcement and regulatory agencies, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. He has led corporate internal investigations in industries such as securities and asset management, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. He regularly counsels clients on litigation risk issues, particularly in the insurance and accounting industries. Joe speaks Russian and has particular experience concerning matters related to Russia. He also has an active and varied pro bono practice.

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Joe serves on the Board of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Joe also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater D.C. Community Foundation, and serves on the Leadership Council for Miriam’s Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia. Additionally, Joe is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Joseph G. Davis and Richard Mancino, "Delaware Supreme Court Declines to Exercise General Personal Jurisdiction over Corporation Registered to do Business in Delaware," Willkie Client Memorandum (May 2016).

  • 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).

  • Represented the estate of Lehman Brothers in multibillion-dollar RMBS valuation trial.

  • Defended U.S. and non-U.S. insurance companies in multibillion-dollar, multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts across the country.

  • Defended international financial services firm in preliminary injunction proceeding involving an insurance-related contract dispute.

  • Represented major U.S. accounting firm in defense and trial of accounting malpractice claims.

  • Represented non-U.S. insurance company in multi-jurisdiction coverage action involving enforceability of arbitration clauses under the FAA and New York Convention.

  • Represented policyholders in complex insurance coverage litigation concerning government-mandated environmental remediation costs involving decades of activity at 21 sites in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Defended international manufacturer in California class action alleging conspiracy to exclude competitors and price fixing.

  • Represented international pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional FCPA investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC. 

  • Represented 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 U. S. Supreme Court and other federal courts 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 multiple employment discrimination matters.

  • Pro bono appellate representation of convicted federal judge in the U.S. Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit en banc. United States v. Aguilar, 515 U.S. 593 (1995). 



University of California at Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1991 Amherst College, B.A., 1987

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, 1994 California, 1992

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit United States District Court, District of Columbia