William E. Davis

Retired Partner


William E. Davis is a litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and a former managing partner of the firm’s Miami office. Since 1975, he has represented many corporations and other business entities in close to 150 jury and bench trials and evidentiary hearings. William also has significant appellate experience and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Florida’s First, Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal.

His wide-ranging experience extends to banking, corporate, construction, franchising, intellectual property and transportation litigation. William is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices.

Over the years of his practice, William has represented national and international leaders in the hotel, travel and real estate franchise industry. In connection with such representation, William has actively been involved in numerous trademark, copyright and patent litigation and various other efforts related to the protection of intellectual property rights. He has handled and tried numerous cases regarding this subject matter representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

William was an early proponent of applying advanced case trial technologies to client cases, especially in complex matters. He uses case management and trial presentation technologies in an effort to achieve results that are timely and successful.


  • Selected to BTI Consulting Group’s coveted Client Service All Star Team in 2017. This honor is bestowed upon individual attorneys who deliver outstanding client service according to corporate counsel interviewed at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent® the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation (since 2013)
  • Selected for inclusion to the Florida Super Lawyers lists in the field of Commercial Litigation (since 2006)
  • Honored as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide (2006, 2015, 2016 and 2017)


  • Stetson University (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
  • University of Florida (B.A., with honors, 1972)

Professional Memberships

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Federal District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Florida
  • Washington, D.C.