Judge Davis is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. He was appointed by President Barack Obama on December 26, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Judge Davis served as a Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida having been appointed to that position by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1994. Before his service on the bench, Judge Davis practiced in the civil and criminal arenas: Mahoney, Hadlow and Adams (labor law); the State Attorney’s Office, serving as the first African American Chief Assistant (prosecution); and Brown, Terrell, Hogan, et al. (tort law).
Davis earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University, 1974, and in 1980, a juris doctorate from the University of Florida, serving on Law Review and receiving Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy honors. As an active member of BALSA, he served as a mentor and tutor to incoming students.
Davis served on the Florida Supreme Court's Governance Workgroup, Civil Jury Instruction, Children's Court Improvement, Treatment Based Drug Court Steering, and Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committees and the Florida Bar's Legal Needs of Children Commission. In 2002, the American Board of Trial Advocates honored him as Judge of the Year.
Davis volunteered with Leadership Jacksonville, NCCJ, Urban League, NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jacksonville Community Council, Hubbard House, Help Center, Pace Center for Girls, OneJax and the Jaguars Foundation.
Davis chaired the Mayor's 1999 Domestic Violence Task Force causing significant changes in the treatment of domestic violence victims and cases within his community. He is an active supporter of Urban Scouting which brings scouting to children without cost. In 2002, Davis co-chaired JCCl's "Beyond the Talk: Improving Race Relations" study resulting in an annual race relations progress report for Jacksonville, and in 2012 co-chaired "Project Breakthrough" a community leadership initiative a