John E. Davis


Coordinator, FCPA & International Anti-Corruption

  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia
    cum laude

John Davis focuses his practice on international regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.  He has over 20 years of experience in advising both U.S. and non-U.S. clients on corruption issues around the world.  This advice has included compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and related laws and international treaties (including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Organization of American States (OAS), and UN treaties), internal investigations related to potential FCPA violations, disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and representation in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings. He has particular experience in addressing corruption issues in West Africa, China, and Southeast Asia. Mr. Davis is a frequent speaker and trainer on FCPA issue and has written various articles on FCPA compliance and related topics.

Mr. Davis has worked extensively with clients in developing and implementing internal compliance programs, conducting due diligence on third parties, assessing compliance risks in merger and acquisition contexts, and auditing compliance processes.  In addition to anti-corruption counseling, Mr. Davis focuses his practice on a range of issues relating to structuring and regulating international trade and investment transactions, including compliance with U.S. export controls, the application of U.S. and multilateral sanctions, the negotiation of joint ventures, and other agreements.  He also has extensive experience in trade policy and trade litigation issues.

While at the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Davis was Research and Projects Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.  He also assisted Professor Richard Lillich in the preparation of the second edition of International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy and Practice (1991). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Davis was with the Washington, DC office of Fulbright & Jaworski, where he specialized in banking and international transactions issues.

From 2007 through most of 2012, Mr. Davis was Chair of Miller & Chevalier's International Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

  • Legal 500: Dispute Resolution: International Trade, 2013 - 2016
  • Ethisphere Institute's Attorneys Who Matter (Specialists: Private Practice), 2017
  • Former Vice-Chair, Anti-Corruption Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia