Donald G. Davis is a prominent international lawyer actively practicing Securities, Business and International Law across the Globe. His career has spanned twenty-five years as an International Lawyer, Securities Attorney, Law Professor,Bar Association Chair, Lecturer, Arbitrator, Expert Witness and Professional Negotiator.
He was elected by his Business Lawyer Peers as one of a handful of "SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUPER LAWYERS" for 2006, and again for 2007 in Securities Law, Business and Corporate Law Transactions!
As a testimony to his expertise and reputation, he has achieved that rare rating of AV: legal ability, which is "Very High to Preeminent" and "Highest Integrity" (Martindale Hubbell Directory of All Lawyers). Mr. Davis is also listed in Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the United States, and Who's Who in the World.
Mr. Davis began his legal practice with one of the largest international law firms in the world, O'Melveny & Myers. During this period of his career, Mr. Davis worked with Roderick Hills, later the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, with Simon Lorne, later General Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and along side other famous securities attorneys
Mr. Davis also worked in these years with Phillip Irwin, a legendary International Tax Law Expert famed for his photographic memory, as well as with a variety of other leading names of the legal community.
Mr. Davis also served as a Law Professor on the Faculty of Southwestern University School of Law, where he taught Securities Law with an emphasis on Corporate, Business and International Transactions.
Mr. Davis was nominated Chairman of the Externship Program for the combined Law Schools of UCLA, The University of Southern California, Southwestern University, and Loyola Law School. In this position, he was able to place with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other State Securities Commissioners, law students who work with these agencies.
As a result, Mr. Davis is well known by the SEC Staff circle, and is often referred to affectionately as the "Professor", harking back to his days as a Law Professor.
Mr. Davis became General Counsel for Sandy Sigoloff, a leading work out Specialist, assisting him in turning around Republic Corporation and various corporations and subsidiaries.
His peers elected Mr. Davis Program Chairman for the Los Angeles County Bar Association - Business and Corporations Law Section. Mr. Davis then served as Secretary/Treasurer, as Vice Chairman, and then Mr. Davis was elected "Chairman" of this organization.
Election as Chairman of the Business and Corporations Section of this robust organization is a unique honor, since the Los Angeles County Bar Association is the largest Bar Association in the country, and along with New York, by far and away the most prestigious.
Mr. Davis later served as Chairman for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Securities Law Forum, co-hosted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Certified Public Accountants' Society and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. This Forum brings Key Policy makers on the Government's staff and from the Securities and Exchange Commission itself in Washington, together with prominent Securities Law and Accounting Specialists, for a several day conference each year on securities law policies and issues.
In 1988, Mr. Davis ran for Congress in the 45th Congressional District. In a hotly contested race, Mr. Davis lost to Dana Rohrbacher, who was elected for his first term to Congress. Mr. Davis and Mr. Rohrbacher became friends, and Congressman Rohrbacher is now one of the senior leading Congressman in the U.S. Congress.
Beginning in 1994, and continuing through the current year, Mr. Davis has served on the Executive Committee for the 1500 strong Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Los Angeles, and more particularly Hollywood, is of course the Mega Capital for the Entertainment Industry. As a result a large portion of Mr. Davis' transactions both onshore and offshore involve the Entertainment World and Entertainment Personalities.
Mr. Davis has served as a panel member on the panel of arbitrators for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Arbitrators act much like Superior Court Judges, sitting in session to hear and decide cases involving securities law matters. He has also held licenses as an NASD principal with the National Association of Securities Dealers, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Mr. Davis is a frequent lecturer before professional groups, including Attorneys, Accountants, Investment Bankers, Brokers, Financial Planners and International Law Experts, in his fields of specialty, including Asset Protection, International Law, International Business, Corporate Law, Securities Law, and Tax and Entertainment Law.
Mr. Davis graduated "First" in his Class Section out of the University of Southern California Law School, with special honors, including Order of the Coif and Executive Editor of the USC Law Review. Mr. Davis also has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business.
Mr. Davis was also in Law Partnership with the Honorable Walter Danielson, a practicing lawyer in Los Angeles, as well as the Swedish Consul General to Los Angeles. Mr. Danielson, over a span of 50 years, was the Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps. As a result, Mr. Davis has a wide-ranging network of relationships in the Los Angeles Consular Corps and the International Community.
Mr. Davis' affiliations with various business and social groups reads like a who's who of Society. Among the many organizations in which he has participated are the following:
- The California Club
- Balboa Bay Club
- Los Angeles Yacht Club
- Lake Arrowhead Owners' Association
- USC/Legion Lex
- International Association of Financial Planners
- British American Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles Conservancy
- Catalina Island Conservancy
- Los Angeles Ballet
- Urban Coalition
- United Way
- Wine and Food Society
- Orange County Red Cross
- American Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Santa Monica Bar Association
- Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
- Restaurant Brokers Association
Mr Davis' family arrived in Southern California in the 1880s, and have a long history in Southern California Commerce and Real Estate. Mr Davis has overseen his family business interests in Farming, Real Estate Development, Hospital Ownership and Management, Entertainment Industry Operations, Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, and various other business enterprises. This has given Mr Davis a firm understanding of the difficulties facing a businessman in today's environment, and accounts for his "CAN DO" approach to business transactions and legal matters.