Richard J. Davis, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and a vice chair of The Legal Aid Society, was elected Chairman of the Board of the 134-year-old organization by the Board of Directors today. Davis, a highly respected litigator, has served on the Society's Board for more than a decade. Mr. Davis succeeds Alan Levine, partner in charge of the New York office of Cooley LLP.
At Weil, Mr. Davis' practice involves general litigation and white collar crime. He has extensive experience in negotiating complex settlements and in counseling major corporations and their executives in the conduct of internal investigations and in grand jury, regulatory and other government investigations.
Prior to Weil, Mr. Davis served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement and Operations. There, he was responsible for overseeing the freeze on Iranian assets and other sanctions imposed as a result of the seizure of hostages during the Carter Administration. He also helped develop the US-Iran Hostage Release Agreements of 1981.
From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Davis served as a member of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, serving as an assistant special prosecutor. He also was a member of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
A longtime leader in public service, Mr. Davis has committed his time and energy to numerous organizations. Among other civic roles, he has served as chairman of the Randall's Island Sports Foundation, the Mayor's Commission to Combat Police Corruption, the Citizens Union, the City Bar Association's Criminal Justice Council, and also served as Pro Bono Special Master for Investment Policy for the Agent Orange Settlement Fund. He has also been a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Police-Community Relations, the Board of Directors of Boys Harbor and the Citizens Task Force on Use and Security of Central Park.
The Dallas Diversity Task Force (DDTF) and Houston Multi-Bar Diversity Committee (HMBDC) have released their latest reports assessing the diversity accomplishments of major law firms in each respective city, and both reports ranked Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Weil) first for law firm diversity. Weil has repeatedly ranked first in both the Dallas and Houston surveys.
Weil topped the rankings in the Dallas report for the fourth consecutive year, achieving the only composite score above 70 among all the surveyed firms. Weil also achieved the top score and the only A+ awarded in the Houston report, as it has now done in both HMBDC surveys. The only previous HMBDC report was issued in 2007.