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Joseph C. Davis

Joseph C. Davis


Deputy General Counsel


As Deputy General Counsel of DLA Piper LLP (US), Joe advises the firm and its lawyers on all aspects of law firm risk management. He also regularly provides counsel on matters related to firm governance, lawyers' professional responsibility, attorney-client privilege, and legal ethics.

Bar admissionsDistrict of ColumbiaVirginia
  • J.D., Duke University 2007
    cum laude
  • M.P.P., Duke University 2007
    Sanford School of Public Policy
  • B.A., Public Policy, Brown University 2003
    with honors


  • Speaker, “Top NGO Trends Legal Liabilities,” InsideNGO Annual Conference, Washington, DC, July 30, 2013
  • Speaker, “Managing International Liability and Duty of Care Risks,” Society for Human Resource Management, Northern Virginia, June 20, 2013
  • Speaker, “International Liability Roundtable,” hosted by Clements Worldwide and DLA Piper, Washington, DC, February 26, 2013
  • Speaker, "Lawsuits! NGO's Legal Liability to Employees," InsideNGO Annual Conference, Washington, DC, August 1, 2012
  • Speaker, "Safety and Security Standards and NGO Legal Liability," InterAction Forum 2012, Alexandria, Virginia, May 1, 2012

Clerk Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Joe was a law clerk to United States District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper, Joe served as a legal fellow on Senator Joe Biden's Judiciary Committee staff.



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