W. Eugene Davis
W. Eugene Davis (born 1936) is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His chambers are in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Born in Winfield, Alabama, Davis attended the University of Alabama and Samford University. After three years at Samford, he received a scholarship to Tulane University Law School, and received his J.D. from Tulane in 1960 without having received an undergraduate degree (Samford awarded him a bachelor's degree in 2006). While at Tulane, Davis was a member of the Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review. Davis was in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1960 to 1964, and then joined a law firm in New Iberia, Louisiana where his law partners were Patrick T. Caffery and John M. Duhé, Jr., until 1976. In his private practice, he frequently represented the oil and gas industries.
On August 5, 1976, Davis was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana vacated by Richard J. Putnam. Davis was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 17, 1976, and received his commission on September 21, 1976.
President Ronald Reagan nominated Davis for elevation to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on November 1, 1983, to a seat vacated by Robert Andrew Ainsworth, Jr.. Davis was again confirmed by the United States Senate on November 15, 1983, and received his commission on November 16, 1983.
Davis is one of three judges on a panel that will hear the appeal to Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar, a case challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior six month moratorium on exploratory drilling in deep water that was adopted in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the subsequent oil spill. The Fifth Circuit panel denied the government's emergency request to stay the lower court's decision pending appeal.
- W. Eugene Davis at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Gracella Simmons, "Ten questions with Judge W. Eugene Davis", Baton Rouge Bar Association, Oct. 1, 2006