While a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Evan Davis's practice focused on litigation and other forms of international and domestic dispute resolution. He is an experienced litigator in federal and state courts around the country. He has handled complex securities, merger and acquisition, contract disputes, art and museum restitution law, and insurance coverage litigations. He has extensive arbitration and mediation experience in complex domestic and international commercial cases as a party-appointed arbitrator, an arbitration tribunal chair, a mediator and an advocate in arbitration and mediation. Mr. Davis is a recognized authority on New York law, has argued frequently in the New York Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court and served as Counsel to the Governor of the State of New York, Mario M. Cuomo. He has also provided expert opinions on matters of professional ethics. Mr. Davis has conducted many investigations both public and private. He led the Watergate and Cover-up Task Force in the House Judiciary Committee’s Inquiry into the Impeachment of President Nixon. He was appointed by New York Governor Hugh Carey as Chief Counsel to the Examiner of the Causes of the 1977 New York City Blackout. He was appointed by Governor Mario M. Cuomo to head the inquiry into judicial elections. He was Chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the New York City Law Department. He is a panel chair of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s Committee on Admissions and Grievances which hears and reports on lawyer disciplinary cases.
Mr. Davis is a member of the Bar of New York. He served as President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a member of the committee of the New York State Bar that drafted the Rules of Professional Conduct adopted in 2009. He chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Public Education. He is the founder of the Conference of World City Bar Leaders. He clerked for Justice Potter Stewart of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Harold Leventhal of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review, and an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College.