Walt Davis focuses his practice on securities litigation, shareholder disputes, and corporate governance matters and regularly counsels boards of directors and senior management in connection with governmental and internal investigations. He has significant experience handling insider trading, accounting, and corporate compliance matters, among others. Walt recently first-chaired a well-publicized appraisal dispute in Delaware Chancery Court (In re Appraisal of Jarden Corporation), and currently leads the defense of The Southern Company and certain of its officers and directors in a securities fraud class action and related derivative lawsuits pending in federal court in Atlanta.
Walt currently serves as co-chair of the Securities and Corporate Litigation Subcommittee of the Atlanta Bar Association and is also a member of the Atlanta Bar Association's Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee. He also serves as the administrative partner for the Atlanta Office.
Walt is active in the Atlanta community, where he currently serves on the board of directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and is a member of the leadership council of Zoo Atlanta. He formerly served on the boards of directors of Kate's Club, Inc. and Make-A-Wish Georgia, and he was a member of the alumni board of Mercer University's College of Liberal Arts. Walt is also a member of Leadership Atlanta's Class of 2018, as well as L.E.A.D. Atlanta's Class of 2007.
U.S. Congress Ready to Enact Data Security and Breach Notification Rules After Recent Consumer Data Breaches
The Cybersecurity Debate: Voluntary Versus Mandatory Cooperation Between the Private Sector and the Federal Government
Delaware Update: Chancellor Strine Proposes New Approach to Multijurisdictional Shareholder Litigation
- January 28, 2019
Workplace Investigations: Strategies and Pitfalls, JD CLE Academy
- February 13, 2017
Open Lines: How Professionalism Improves Communication and Fosters Stronger Client Relationships, Jones Day CLE Academy
- December 1, 2016
Accounting and Enforcement Innovation Summit, presented by EY and Jones Day
- October 27, 2016
Georgia Bas Association / 35th Annual Business Law Institute - What Keeps In-House Law Departments Up At Night
- Vanderbilt University (J.D. 2001); Mercer University (B.A. 1998, Philosophy/Political Science)
- Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Best Lawyers® (2018-2019) for commercial litigation
Georgia Super Lawyers — securities litigation (2019) and "Rising Star" in securities litigation (2013-2015)
Daily Report's "40 Legal Rising Stars to Watch" in Georgia (2013)
- Law Clerk to Judge Beverly B. Martin, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2001-2002)