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. Mr. Davis 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. Mr. Davis is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices.

Over the years of his practice, Mr. Davis has represented national and international leaders in the hotel, travel and real estate franchise industry. In connection with such representation, Mr. Davis 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.

Mr. Davis 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.


Mr. Davis was named 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. He has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Mr. Davis was honored as a Top Lawyer in the 2006, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of the South Florida Legal Guide, as well as being selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©. He was also selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers® lists (2006-2009).


Mr. Davis received his J.D., cum laude (1975), from Stetson University and a B.A., with honors (1972), from the University of Florida.


He is admitted to practice in Florida, Washington, D.C., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.