Evan A. Davis

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Evan A. Davis is a New York City attorney with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and a former president of the New York City Bar Association.


Evan Davis obtained his A.B. from Harvard College in 1966, and his Juris Doctor, "magna cum laude", from Columbia Law School in 1969. While at Columbia, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Harold Leventhal on the District of Columbia Circuit Court, and subsequently for Justice Potter Stewart on the United States Supreme Court.


Evan Davis joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1975 and became a partner in 1978, working in litigation and international and domestic dispute resolution. From 1985 to 1991, he served as counsel to New York State Governor Mario Cuomo. He rejoined the firm in 1991.

Recent clients Davis has represented include Bank of America, Barclays Bank, Lloyd's of London, Goldman Sachs, the Museum of Natural History[disambiguation needed], the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Awards and Civic Involvement[edit]

In addition to his service under Mario Cuomo, Evan Davis was a candidate for New York State Attorney General in 1998. From 2000 to 2002 he served as president of the New York City Bar Association.

Among the honors he has received, Davis was awarded the Medal for Excellence by Columbia University in 1987, the Emory Buckner Award for Distinguished Public Service by the Federal Bar Council in 1990, an environmental award by the Wildlife Conservation Society in 1995, the Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy by the Office of the Appellate Defender in 1996, the William J. Brennan Jr. Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse by the Brennan Center in 1999, the Law and Society Award by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in 2000, and the Whitney North Seymour Award by the Federal Bar Council in 2002.