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Frederick T. Davis, based in Paris, is a former US federal prosecutor and member of the Paris Bar. Part of the global Litigation Group, his practice focuses on criminal, regulatory and civil litigation and investigations involving US and French laws.
Mr. Davis is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in high profile matters in both French and English language tribunals. He has represented major US, French and multinational companies in both domestic and international criminal investigations. He has also appeared as legal counsel in international arbitrations administered by the ICC, AAA and other institutions, and has served as an arbitrator in ICC arbitrations. The French government has named him a “Chevalier” of the National Order of Merit of France.
Mr. Davis is recommended by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (2014) where he is noted as being “highly knowledgeable in US law” and a member of an “unbelievably responsive team”. He is also praised for being “highly sought after due to [his] vast experience in the sector” by Who’s Who Legal France (2014).
Mr. Davis’s recent matters include investigations, litigations and international arbitrations for General Electric, NBC, 3M, American Express, and Johnson & Johnson. He has represented five of the largest banks in France in litigations related to World War II assets; Citibank in many international proceedings including lawsuits in India, Gabon and Australia and Lloyd’s of London related litigation; and the heirs of W. Averell Harriman in a lawsuit against Pamela C. Harriman. In John Hancock Leasing Corp. v. Frank, he was the lead counsel who obtained a $28 million judgment for the plaintiffs in a RICO jury trial, and in 2006 in RMST v. State Bank of Long Island he obtained a $44 million verdict in a jury fraud trial.
Mr. Davis is a past chair of the European Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Bar Association (where he is an officer of the Business Crime Committee), Union Internationale des Avocats, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Council and an elected life member of the American Law Institute. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer for the New York Law Journal seminars, Practicing Law Institute, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and Federal Bar Council, as well as at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature. Mr. Davis taught a full academic course on international litigation and arbitration as the Nomura Lecturer on International law at the Harvard Law School. He also founded and led a series of a pro bono trial advocacy training seminars (in French and English) for the prosecutors and defence counsel of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and has advised the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on trial strategy.
Mr Davis’s articles in French and English are published regularly in Paris, New York and London, and he appears regularly on television and radio in France on subjects relating to international criminal procedures. His publications include “The American Legal System Confronts the Holocaust”, 41 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 489 (2003); “Les Actions Collectives devant les Tribunaux Américains – Théorie, Pratique et Evolution Récente” published in the Code Monétaire et Financier (2006); “Enforcing the International Arbitration Award” and “Transactions Pénales Aux Etats-Unis: Une Certaine Logique”, Le Magazine des Affaires (2014). He is the co-author of the chapter “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” published in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Third Edition (2012), the co-author of the France chapter in “The Internal Investigations Review”, part of The Law Reviews series published by Law Business Research, Third Edition (2013), and is the co-author of “Corporate Crime, Fraud and Investigations in France,” published in 2013 by Practical Law.
Mr. Davis joined the firm as a partner in 2006, after serving as a partner in two other well-known firms. He served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1974 to 1979, where he was Chief of Appeals from 1977 to 1978. Mr. Davis served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry J. Friendly, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and to Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court.
He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1967 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1972, where he was the Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
He is a member of the Bars of New York and Paris.
Columbia Law School, 1972, J.D.
Harvard University, 1967, B.A.