Frederick T. Davis, now a retired partner and based in New York and Paris, is a former U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S., 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 named a Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal (2020) in the France and Crime sections, with the guide describing him as “a well-established figure in the French market where he enjoys a stellar reputation for his superb handling of white-collar criminal defence proceedings and US and French investigations.” He is also recommended by Chambers Global (2019) in the general Dispute Resolution and Litigation sections, by Chambers Europe (2018) in the White Collar Crime section, and by The Legal 500 EMEA (2019) in the Commercial Litigation section. The Chambers guides quote clients reporting that “his knowledge is top class” and that he “has a very fine legal mind and he understands white-collar and criminal investigation issues on both sides of the pond.” In previous editions of The Legal 500 EMEA, he is noted as being “highly knowledgeable in US law” and a member of an “unbelievably responsive team”. He is also praised for his “analytical, technical perceptive abilities” by Who’s Who Legal France (2016).
Mr. Davis’s recent matters include investigations, litigations and international arbitrations for General Electric, 3M, American Express, and Johnson & Johnson. He has represented five of the largest banks in France in litigations related to World War II assets. 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 served as Co- Chair of the Business Crime Committee), and is an elected life member of the American Law Institute and an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer for the 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, as currently acts as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School where he teaches courses on comparative criminal justice and international criminal investigations. He founded and led a series of 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.
In 2019 Cambridge University Press published his book American Criminal Justice: An Introduction, and he is working on editions of the book to be published in French, German and Chinese.
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 recent publications include “France boosts tax fraud prosecution,” Compliance & Enforcement (October, 2018); “Guest Post: Further Developments On French Law Regarding Anti-Bribery Prosecutions By Multiple States,” The Global Anticorruption Blog (April, 2018); “A French Court Authorizes the First-Ever ‘French DPA’”, Compliance & Enforcement, (November, 2017); “An Innovative Approach to Fighting Corruption – the Obiang trial in France,” Ethic Intelligence, (November, 2017); “The Second Circuit Clarifies How U.S. Constitutional Principles Apply in Multijurisdictional Investigations”, Compliance & Enforcement, (August , 2017); “Paris Court of Appeals Rules That US FCPA Guilty Plea Deprives Accused of Rights Under European Convention and Bars Further Proceeding in France”, FCPA Professor, (June 2017); and “The Case for Greater US Deference to Foreign Anticorruption Prosecutions–A Response to Maruca”, Global Anti-Corruption Blog, (February, 2017). He is also co-author of the France chapter in the International Investigations Review (July, 2018); “Deferred Prosecution Agreements – The French Experience,” Commercial Dispute Resolution (March, 2018); and “Financial Crime in France” part of the Practical Law Global Guide Series (November 2017); “Privilege 2017 – France,” part of the Know How series published by Global Investigations Review (October, 2017); and the France chapter in “The Internal Investigations Review”, part of The Law Reviews series published by Law Business Research, Ninth Edition (August, 2019), for which he also wrote an introductory chapter on “managing the challenges of multi-jurisdictional investigations.”
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 U.S. 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 Hon. Henry J. Friendly, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and to Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. 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. He is fluent in French, and speaks good German as well as Wolof.
Frederick T. Davis, exerçant au sein des bureaux de Paris et New York, est ancien Substitut du Procureur fédéral aux Etats-Unis. Membre du Barreau de New York, il a été également membre du barreau de Paris. Il a été élu membre de l’American College of Trial Lawyers. Le gouvernement français l’a élevé au grade de « Chevalier » de l’Ordre national du Mérite de la République Française.
Membre du Groupe Contentieux international, il se consacre au contentieux pénal et civil au droit de la régulation, et aux enquêtes au regard des droits américain et français.
M. Davis est ancien président du Comité des affaires européennes de la New York City Bar Association. Il est aussi membre de l’International Bar Association (où il préside le Comité de droit pénal des affaires), de l’Union Internationale des Avocats, de l’American Bar Association, du Federal Bar Council, et membre élu à vie de l’American Law Institute. M. Davis enseigne souvent à des facultés de droit renommées, notamment Harvard Law School où il a enseigné un cours sur le contentieux international et l’arbitrage en tant que Nomura Lecturer en Droit, Columbia Law School et l’Université d’Amsterdam. Il a créé et dirigé un séminaire de formation à la défense du procès pro bono (en français et en anglais) à destination des Procureurs et des conseils de la défense du Tribunal Pénal International pour le Rwanda, et a conseillé le Procureur de la Cour Pénale Internationale sur la stratégie du procès.
M. Davis intervient régulièrement à la télévision française, sur les sujets de droit américain pénal, et les procédures pénales internationales. Parmi ses publications en anglais figurent trois chapitres dont il est co-auteur, notamment sur le « Foreign Corrupt Practices Act » américain, sur les procédures d’enquête pénale en France, et sur les poursuites basées sur la fraude en France. Ses articles ont été publiés dans The International Lawyer et The International Law Review et il intervient régulièrement dans The Global Anti-Corruption Blog de Harvard Law School. Ses publications en français paraissent régulièrement dans Les Echos, le magazine « Affaires, » sous l’égide de l’Institut Français des Relations Internationales et l’Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Justice.
M. Davis a rejoint le cabinet en tant qu’associé en 2006, après avoir été associé dans deux autres cabinets réputés. Il fut Substitut du Procureur fédéral (Assistant United States Attorney) pour le District Sud de l’Etat de New York de 1974 à 1979, où il fut Responsable du Département des Appels (Chief of Appeals) de 1977 à 1978. M. Davis fut assistant du Juge Henry J. Friendly, Président de la Cour d’Appel fédérale pour le 2ème circuit (New York, Connecticut, Vermont) et du Juge Potter Stewart, à la Cour Suprême des Etats-Unis.
Il est diplômé de Harvard University (B.A. en 1967) et de Columbia Law School (Juris Doctor en 1972), où il fut rédacteur responsable de la Rédaction et de la Recherche de la Columbia Law Review.