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Alan J. Davis, 70, Successful Lawyer Whose Career R​an the Gamut

May 24, 2007
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Alan J. Davis, 70, a partner in the litigation department at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, died May 8. He was a resident of Philadelphia.

Davis' practice areas included complex and multi-district commercial litigation, securities, criminal law, municipal law and professional liability. He was a member of the Securities Group, the White Collar Litigation Group and the Public-Private Partnerships Group.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review, Davis served as city solicitor of Philadelphia, chief assistant district attorney of Philadelphia, and chief labor negotiator for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia.

He started his career with the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen.

Davis also provided lead counsel on behalf of major accounting firms, corporations and individual directors and officers in the defense of more than 30 securities-law class actions, including associated enforcement and investigative proceedings.

Most recently, he served as lead counsel for the principal defendants in PNC Bank, N.A. Securities Litigation, Rite Aid Securities Litigation and Resource America Securities Litigation.

He tried and won two major jury trials in recent years -- one representing Glenmede Trust Co., and the other Deloitte & Touche LLC. He also represented corporations and committees in connection with shareholder derivative litigation, and advised on issues relating to corporate governance.

Davis had an extensive appellate practice, primarily in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts. He also served as chairman of the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee by appointment of the Chief Judge.

He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a past chairman and member of the executive committee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Inn of Court. He was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and active in various civic and charitable organizations.

Davis is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as "Leaders in Their Field" in the area of litigation and white-collar crime/government investigations in the 2003-04 through the 2007 editions.

He was honored by Law & Politics Magazine and Philadelphia magazine as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation, and ranked second among the Top 10 lawyers in Pennsylvania in all fields.

Davis is also listed in the 2005-08 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Business Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law.

He is survived by his wife, the former Roslyn Kutcher; daughter Jennifer Ulrich; son Michael Davis; brother Dr. Marc Wallack; and two grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory can be made to: the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006.

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