Alvin B. Davis’ legal practice focuses on high-profile, complex litigation, arbitration and international dispute resolution in the areas of securities and shareholder class actions, products liability, environmental claims, regulatory proceedings and a host of sophisticated contractual disputes. He litigates regularly at the trial and appellate levels on behalf of major national and international companies including utilities, manufacturers, insurers, law firms, airlines and non-US governments and agencies. Alvin also is frequently engaged as a private arbitrator or mediator in a wide range of commercial disputes

    Alvin is included in Florida Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and as one of the top 100 lawyers in Miami. In 2009 he was also listed in The Legal 500 US and Benchmark: Litigation. Alvin has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and has appeared in Chambers USA each year since 2004. In addition, he has been recognized among Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine each year since 2004 and listed among the top lawyers in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005.

    In 2014, he was recognized by the Daily Business Review for achieving one of the top three most-precedent-setting appellate decisions for the State of Florida, let alone the US, in The Republic of Ecuador v. Roberto Isaias Dassum and William Isaias Dassum, Case No. 09-34950, Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, FL, in which the Third District Court of Appeal clarified the Act of State Doctrine and the Extraterritoriality Exception, which had not previously been addressed by Florida courts.

    Alvin previously served as the managing partner of Steel Hector & Davis and was managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs’ Miami office from 2005 to 2010, following the combination of Steel Hector and Squire Patton Boggs in 2005.

    Alvin lectures regularly to The Florida Bar through both the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association and Lorman Education Services on jury preparation, trial tactics, as well as on behalf of Directors’ Roundtable on trends in D&O/securities and shareholder litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Bar Association of the District of Columbia and American Bar Association.

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    Securities and Shareholder

    • Serving as lead counsel for a Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Dias v. Parlux Fragrances, Inc., Civil Action No. 7199-VCG, joined by plaintiff in a related action, Anderson v. Parlux Fragrances, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 7305-VCP in Chancery Court in Delaware, a securities and shareholder class action challenging a merger between Parlux and its principal customer, Perfumania. Successfully dismissed with minor amendments to the company’s S-4 Registration Statement.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Weill v. Parlux Fragrances, Inc., Case No. 2012-CV-35008-07, Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida, a securities and shareholder class action challenging a merger between that company and its principal customer, Perfumania. Secured voluntary dismissal of a number of the directors and executives. The court refused to enjoin Parlux’s merger with Perfumania Holdings.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in International Bonded Warehouse v. Parlux Fragrances, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-61364-WPD, US District Court, Southern District of Florida, a shareholder lawsuit.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in In Re Parlux Fragrances, Inc., Case No. CACE 06-008854 (14), a shareholder lawsuit. 
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Brad Bogue v. Parlux, Case No. 06-61333-CIV-HUCK, in shareholder lawsuit.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Victory International (USA) LLC v. Perry Ellis International, Inc., et al, Case No. 08-20395-CIV-HUCK, a shareholder lawsuit.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Mark W. Byers v. Parlux Fragrances, inc. et al, Case No. 06-612304-CIV-HUCK, US District Court, Southern District of Florida, a shareholder lawsuit.
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Glenn Hutton v. Ilia Lekach, Case No. 06-008925, Broward County, Florida, Defending company and its board of directors in a shareholder class action relating to the proposed buyout of the company. 
    • Serving as lead counsel for Parlux Fragrances and its Board of Directors in Macatee Family Limited Partnership v. Ili Lekach, Case No. 03-28436-CA-31, Dade County, Florida, in a shareholder derivative action alleging breaches of fiduciary duties arising from personal loans to directors, executive compensation, and re-purchasing of common stock. 
    • Serving as company counsel for the independent directors committee of Florida Power & Light (FPL) and its Board of Directors in an investigation of a $900 million write-off of a diversification plan attacked and subsequent shareholders derivative securities claims in In re FPL Group Consolidated Litigation, Case No. 90-8641, US District Court, Southern District of Florida 
    • Serving as lead counsel to a bank holding company and its officers in a securities class action arising out of provisions to loan loss reserves required by OCC in In re Southeast Banking Corp. Securities Litigation, US District Court, Southern District of Florida, Master File No. 90-0760. 
    • Serving as trial counsel to Computershare Trust Company, a stock transfer agent, in Blackburn v. Computershare Trust Company, N.A., US District Court, Southern District Florida, Case No. 09-61569, a shareholder lawsuit, alleging forged stock-transfer documents and lack of compliance with industry standards.
    • Served as counsel to the outside directors in multidistrict litigation, In re Adelphia Communications Corp. Securities & Derivative Litigation, Case No. 03 MD 1529 (JMF), US District Court, Southern District of New York, arising out of the collapse of Adelphia Communications. Defended seven separate shareholder and bondholder claims. 
    • Acting as a private mediator instrumental in designing and structuring several successful settlements of large class action securities cases in federal court and coordinating the settlement effort. 

    Other Experience

    • Serving as lead appellate counsel in two cases before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of the state’s largest utility supporting two decisions by the Public Service Commission in favor of the utility.
    • Serving as lead trial and appellate counsel for the Republic of Ecuador in litigation in Miami to recover tens of millions of dollars in funds embezzled from the Republic’s principal bank.
    • Serving as lead Florida counsel in multistate Clean Air Act litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, relating to amendment on pollution limitations.
    • Serving as lead trial and appellate counsel in the representation of a Dominican Republic-based manufacturer to recover funds taken in fraudulent currency exchange transactions.
    • Serving as co-lead counsel in an arbitration proceeding involving ownership interests in geothermal generation facilities and defects in the related generation equipment for the government of El Salvador.
    • Serving as lead trial and appellate counsel in a dispute over the calculation of millions of dollars of annual franchise fees to be paid by a utility to a county government.
    • Serving as national lead trial counsel in defense of a medical products manufacturer regarding an implantable medical device.
    • Serving as lead counsel for a major Florida utility company before the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute involving attempts by the Florida Public Service Commission to deregulate the wholesale power market.
    • Defending successfully a major paint product manufacturer in a seven-week federal trial for the breach of a distributorship agreement.
    • Serving as lead counsel for one of the country’s largest daily newspapers in successful enforcement of Florida’s Public Records Act against the construction manager of a massive airport renovation project.
    • Serving as lead counsel for airline insurers in successful defense of pollution claims at Miami International Airport.
    • Serving as regional lead trial counsel in a series of complex medical product liability lawsuits at trial and appellate levels.
    • Serving as lead counsel for a major US-based airline in a US$4.6 billion dispute over redevelopment of Miami International Airport.
    • Serving as lead counsel for a major Florida utility company in a series of electronic and magnetic field (EMF) cases alleging that the utility’s power lines caused cancer.
    • Serving as lead counsel at trial and appellate levels in a Florida county’s effort to impose a privilege fee on utility facilities declared unconstitutional.
    • Defending successfully a large bank against claims of misappropriation of intellectual property and theft of trade secrets in a federal court jury trial.
    • Defending successfully a New York bank renovating a Miami commercial property it had foreclosed upon against claims of constructive eviction and breach of covenants.
    • Serving as lead counsel for clients including an international vehicle rental company and major Florida utility in several significant antitrust cases dealing with a wide range of federal and state antitrust and unfair trade practice issues.
    • Regularly arguing federal and appellate court appeals including appeals from bankruptcy rulings.
    • Serving as lead appellate counsel in a series of appeals pertaining to tobacco litigation.
    • Serving as lead trial counsel and appellate counsel in complex lender liability and financial institution cases.
    • Serving as lead trial counsel in defense of claims against liability pertaining to allegations of childhood cancer.

    Education

    • Yale University, LL.B., 1967
    • Syracuse University, A.B., 1964

    Admissions

    • Florida, 1976
    • New York, 1967

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Dade County Bar Association
    • Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia 
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Recognized in Chambers USA since 2004 for Litigation: General Commercial in Florida and as a Senior Statesman since 2018
    • Recognized as a Litigation Star in Florida, Benchmark Litigation
    • Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement
    • Named one of the top 100 lawyers in Miami
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 
    • Recognized among Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine each year since 2004 
    • Listed among the top lawyers in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005
    • Listed in The Legal 500 US 

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