Frederick T. Davis is a former federal prosecutor and member of the Bars of New York and of Paris. He is Of Counsel in the Paris and New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. His practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and civil litigation and investigations involving U.S. and other laws.
Cambridge University Press has published his book American Criminal Justice: An Introduction (2019), which provides an overview and evaluation of US criminal procedures, noting important ways in which those procedures differ from those applied in many other parts of the world. Davis is also the author or co-author of several book chapters, including “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (2012), “Financial Crime in France” in Practical Law (2015), and “France” in The International Investigations Review (2019), as well as a new chapter in the same book on “Managing the Challenges of Multijurisdictional Criminal Investigations.” He is a frequent contributor to blogs such as The Global Anticorruption Blog (Harvard), the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (NYU), and the International Enforcement Law Reporter. He has published several scholarly articles on issues relating to cross-border and comparative criminal procedures, taught one semester as the Nomura Lecturer on International Law at Harvard Law School, and is a frequent lecturer at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature and at Paris 2 in France. He served as advisor to the Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and participated as counsel for victims in the trial of Chadian ex-dictator Hissène Habré in Dakar, Senegal, for international human rights violations. He appears frequently on national TV in France to address issues related to American and international criminal justice.
Davis served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1974 to 1978. He was law clerk to Honorable Henry J. Friendly, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.
Davis received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1972, where he was the writing and research editor of the Columbia Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University in 1967. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the French Government has named him a “chevalier” of the National Order of Merit of France. He is a past co-chair of the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association and a member of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators.