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Frederick T. Davis, based in Paris and a member of the Litigation Group, focuses his practice on criminal, regulatory and civil litigation and investigations involving US and French laws.
Mr. Davis has tried numerous cases in private practice and has represented clients in high profile matters in both French and English language tribunals. He has represented major US, French and multinational companies in international arbitrations administered by the ICC, AAA and other institutions, and has also 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’s recent matters include investigations, litigations and international arbitrations for General Electric, NBC, 3M and PdVSA. He 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 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, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Council and 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, American Bar Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and Federal Bar Council. He 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.
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”; “Transnational Insolvency: The BCCI and Maxwell Litigations” and “Litigation Under the Lanham Act.” 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 2004. 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.
Columbia Law School, 1972, J.D.
Harvard University, 1967, B.A.