Walt Davis is one of Georgia's most well-regarded business lawyers. He returned to the Firm in September 2022, after serving more than three years as the first judge of the Georgia State-wide Business Court. Appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to start the newly created court in July 2019, Walt was thereafter unanimously confirmed by a Joint Session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of the Georgia General Assembly. As the Court's inaugural judge, Walt authored more than 130 opinions on all manner of Georgia (and Delaware) corporate law issues, a significant number of which addressed questions of first impression. Prior to his appointment, Walt was a partner in the Firm's Atlanta Office, where he served as the office's administrative partner and chaired its Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice.
Now back with the Firm, Walt's practice will focus on business litigation, corporate governance and shareholder disputes, special committee representations, and internal and governmental investigations, and he will resume his role as a trusted boardroom and C-suite advisor, with an emphasis on ESG (environmental, social, and governance), shareholder activism, and other governance-related issues.
Walt previously co-chaired the Securities and Corporate Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he teaches Securities Litigation & Enforcement.
Walt is also a strategic advisor to Phoenix Capital Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the sports, gaming, health/wellness, and interactive media industries.
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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
- Judge, Georgia State-wide Business Court (2019-2022)
Best Lawyers (2018-2020) — Commercial Litigation
Georgia Super Lawyers — Securities Litigation (2019-2022); "Rising Star" (2013-2015)
Daily Report's "40 Legal Rising Stars to Watch" in Georgia (2013)
Clarke-Carley Inn of Court, Master
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Past President
Rotary Club of Atlanta, Member
Leadership Georgia, Class of 2022, Member
Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2018, Graduate
Council of Intown Neighborhood Schools, Morningside Representative
- Law Clerk to Judge Beverly B. Martin, United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia (2001-2002)