Davis Robinson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State, in which capacity he served as general counsel to that Department from 1981-1985 under Secretaries of State Alexander Haig and George Shultz. During his tenure, he was the official of the United States Government responsible for establishing the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague and for preparing and presenting two major cases before the International Court of Justice. Davis began his professional life as a career United States Foreign Service Officer, with tours in Egypt and Jordan, in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency during the negotiation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and as Staff Assistant to Secretary of State William P. Rogers. In three decades of private law practice, Davis worked in both Wall Street and Washington firms with a corporate and financial law emphasis and retired in 1982 as a senior partner in what is now Dewey & LeBoeuf. He thereafter devoted five years to working with former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Richard Breeden in corporate governance matters (e.g., the judicially-imposed monitorship of WorldCom) and has served as an international arbitrator in ICSID, NAFTA, ICC and AAA-ICDR cases. For nearly a decade while in private practice, Davis advised a prominent Middle East oil-producing State regarding its international boundary matters. He is an alumnus and former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy, a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale College and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where he was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
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