Joseph P. Davis III

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Global
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.310.6204
Fax: 617.279.8403
University University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., History/Political Science, 1982 Recipient, Milton Gutsch Undergraduate History Award
Law SchoolNortheastern University School of Law, J.D., 1987 Philip Tesorero Scholar
Admitted1987, Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

• Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
• Member, International Bar Association
• Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, Boston Bar Association
• Former Chairman, Manchester-Essex Regional School District, School Building Committee
• Former Selectman, Town of Essex, Massachusetts
• Past Member, Essex-Manchester School, Regionalization Committee, Finance Subcommittee
• Associate Trustee, University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union Building Association Inc., 2012-Present

BornPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1959

Joseph Jody P. Davis III is a senior trial attorney with broad experience in business, cross-border and bankruptcy-related litigation. He represents public and private corporations, private individuals and entrepreneurs before federal and state courts. He has wide-ranging experience handling fiduciary duty, fraud, corporate control, shareholder, investment, lending and intellectual property disputes. Jody served as lead trial counsel in bankruptcy courts across the country on behalf of debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, hedge funds, private equity funds, secured lenders, stalking horse bidders, commercial landlords and equity holders.

Jody frequently manages complex, multi-tiered litigation situations, balancing the competing interests of litigants, investigators and courts across borders, venues and disciplines. Jody's experience in insolvency litigation extends to cases outside and within the bankruptcy courts, including adversary proceedings and contested matters in the course of Chapter 11 proceedings. His accomplishments include obtaining an order of specific performance after trial in Delaware to force an overseas buyer to close on its acquisition of the Debtors' assets and defeating a plan of reorganization on behalf of the equity holder of a Tier One auto supplier following a five-month trial in Michigan. He has represented hedge funds and bondholders in pursuit of claims valued in the billions of dollars against multinational corporations associated with cross-border tax structures. Jody has both sued and represented directors and officers in claims arising out of distressed situations.

Areas of Concentration

• Complex business litigation
• Bankruptcy litigation
• Cross-border disputes
• Fiduciary duty
• Fraud
• Intellectual property
• Securities
• Licensing
• Corporate control
• Partnership and shareholder disputes
• Financing disputes
• Trade secrets
• Appellate

Awards & Recognition

• Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards, Turnaround of the Year - Small Markets for the restructuring and sale of ATLS Acquisition, LLC (dba Liberty Medical), 2015
• Member, Winning Team, M&A Advisor's Turnaround Awards, Restructuring of the Year (Over $100mm to $500mm) and Consumer Services Deal of the Year” for the restructuring and sale of ATLS Acquisition, LLC (dba Liberty Medical), 2015
• Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
• Listed, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2005-2008
• Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

07.06.15 Greenberg Traurig Receives Accolade at 2015 Turnaround Atlas Awards
02.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Receives 4 M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
11.05.12 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' in Two Bankruptcy Categories by U.S. News - Best Lawyers
06.30.10 Greenberg Traurig's Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Receives Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year Award
08.03.09 Greenberg Traurig Closes Major Bankruptcy Deal
11.25.02 Experienced Litigator Joseph Davis III Joins Greenberg Traurig LLP's Boston Office

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

• Speaker, Beyond the ' Four Corners' of the Document: Practical Considerations for Creditors to Obtain Debt Recovery in the Caribbean, ABI Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, February 5-7, 2015
• Guest Lecturer, Cross-Border Insolvencies, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA, November 21, 2012 and November 21, 2013
• Speaker, Chasing the Seller: Cross Border Product Sale Risks, Warranties, Implied Terms, Contract Enforcement and More, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, October 10, 2013
• Speaker, Enforcement of 'Bondholders' Rights - Why is Bondholder Activism so Rare When Issuers Default? International Bar Association Annual Conference, Dublin, IE, October 2, 2012

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Represented secured lender Metropolitan Life Company in a trial of motions to dismiss Chapter 11 cases of profitable commercial real estate special purpose vehicles in In re General Growth Properties. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.); Lead trial counsel for bondholders and Canadian bankruptcy trustees in contested matters related to cross-border disputes arising out of debtors' use of Nova Scotia unlimited liability companies to raise funds from public bond offerings in In re Smurfit Stone Container Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.) and In re AbitibiBowater, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.); Trial counsel on international law issues on behalf of bondholders arising out of General Motors bankruptcy filing in In re Motors Liquidation Company (Bankr. S.D. N.Y.); Lead trial counsel for major UK manufacturing corporation in cross-border lease and financing dispute in Rentokil Initial (1896) Limited v. Jeld-Wen, Inc. (D. Or.); Represented bondholders in termination of debtors' exclusivity and related contested matters in In re Rubicon US REIT Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.); Obtained $60 million judgment and order of specific performance after trial against buyer who refused to close on acquisition of debtors' asset. Subsequently, obtained order of contempt against buyer for weekly fines of $3 million and order of incarceration for buyer's principals in In re Syntax-Brillian Corp. (Bankr. D. Del.); Lead trial counsel for debtors in In re Syntax-Brillian Corp. (Bankr. D. Del.), including handling sale hearings, contested shareholder motions, investigations and contested confirmation proceedings.; Lead trial counsel for private equity fund purchaser in contested sale proceedings for acquisition of debtors' assets in In re Shapes/Arch Holdings, LLC. (Bankr. N.J.); Lead trial counsel for Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re Chesapeake Corp. (Bankr. E.D. Va.); Obtained summary judgment for private equity fund in class action adversary proceeding arising out of In re DHP Holdings (Bankr. D. Del.) Chapter 11 proceedings in defense of claims alleging that client is liable under WARN Act for debtors' dismissal of employees.; Counsel for private equity fund as secured lender in In re GWLS (Bankr. D. Del.) in intercreditor dispute arising out of credit bid to which client did not consent.; Lead counsel during week-long novel lease dispute on behalf of landlord in connection with eviction proceedings of restaurant from Rockefeller Center in In re Fifth Avenue Restaurant Acquisition Corp. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) resulting in termination of the lease and removal of tenant.; Defeated confirmation of plan of reorganization as trial counsel following five-month trial on behalf of equity holder of Venture Holdings, LLC, a major Tier 1 automotive supplier.; Co-lead trial counsel on behalf of equity holder and vested corporations seeking damages in excess of $100 million in In re Deluxe Pattern Corp. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.); Co-trial counsel on behalf of equity holder and related corporations in defense of fraudulent transfers and related claims in adversary proceedings in In re NM Holdings, Inc. (Bankr E.D. Mich.); Lead trial counsel for Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re Werner Holdings (Bankr. D. Del.) including directing investigations into liens and claims.; Lead trial counsel for largest secured creditor in contested reorganization fight in In re Protocol Services, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Cal.); Obtained dismissal of claims against liquidator in adversary proceedings in In re Plej's Linen Supermarket SoEast Stores LLC, et al. (Bankr. W.D.N.C.); Trial counsel for stalking horse bidder in contested sale hearing in In re Geneva Steel. (Bankr. D. Utah); Assisted bankruptcy court-appointed examiner's investigation into fraudulent practices of international hedge fund.; Defended major real estate developer in lawsuit resulting from sale of office building in Chicago.

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