Walt Davis is the inaugural judge for the newly-created Georgia State-wide Business Court. Walt was appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp in July 2019, and unanimously confirmed in a Joint Session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of the Georgia General Assembly in August 2019. Walt officially began his term on January 1, 2020.
Prior to his appointment, Walt led the Securities and SEC Enforcement practice in the Atlanta office of Jones Day, where his practice focused on complex business litigation, corporate governance matters, and internal and governmental investigations. Prior to joining Jones Day, Walt served as law clerk to The Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Board of Directors, Board Chair, Immediate Past President (Current)
Zoo Atlanta, Leadership Council, Member (Current)
Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, Master (Current)
Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2018
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia, Board of Directors, Member (2010 – 2017)
Securities & Corporate Litigation Section, Atlanta Bar Association, Co-Chair (2018-2019)
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2018-2020)
Georgia SuperLawyers Magazine, Securities Litigation (2019-2020)
“Rising Star” in Securities Litigation, Georgia SuperLawyers Magazine (2013-2016)
Daily Report’s “40 Legal Rising Stars to Watch” in Georgia (2013)
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Nashville, Tennessee
J.D., May 2001
MERCER UNIVERSITY, Macon, Georgia
B.A., June 1998 – Philosophy/Political Science