Weil Gotshal Attorney Cited For Distinguished Service In The Public Interest

New York, March 4, 2004—Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, today announced that New York Lawyers for the Public Interest has selected Richard J. Davis, a partner of the firm, as the recipient of the 2004 Law & Society Award for his distinguished service to the legal profession and community. The award honors annually an attorney who best combines outstanding legal skills with a long-standing commitment to public service. Past winners of the award include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, Simpson Thacher Chairman Richard I. Beattie and former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White.

Davis will accept the Law & Society Award at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s 11th annual award luncheon today in Manhattan.

A specialist in general litigation and white-collar crime, Davis has extensive experience negotiating complex settlements and counseling corporations and their executives in the conduct of internal, grand jury, regulatory and other government investigations.

Previously, Davis was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcements and Operations. He oversaw the freeze on Iranian assets as a result of the seizure of U.S. hostages during the Carter Administration and helped develop the U.S.-Iran Hostage Release Agreements of 1981. He also helped the government of Argentina negotiate the refinancing of its debt with the international financial community in the 1980s.

Davis was a member of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, serving as an assistant special prosecutor. He was also a member of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Long active in community affairs and public service, Davis has committed his time and energy to numerous organizations. Among other civic roles, he has served as chairman of the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption, the Citizens Union, the City Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Council, and also served as Pro Bono Special Master for Investment Policy for the Agent Orange Settlement Fund. He has also been a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police-Community Relations, the Board of Directors of Boys Harbor and the Citizens Task Force on Use and Security of Central Park.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a not-for-profit law firm founded in 1976, finds unique ways to tackle the problems facing disadvantaged and under-represented New Yorkers through its in-house staff and pro bono Clearinghouse. Weil Gotshal is an active and long-term supporter of the organization.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is an international law firm of more than 1,100 attorneys, including approximately 300 partners. Weil Gotshal is headquartered in New York, with offices in Austin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Dallas, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.
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