Since joining Akin Gump in 1979, Smith W. Davis has provided public policy counsel on a wide variety of legislative and regulatory matters, including those before a variety of congressional committees: the House Financial Services and Senate Banking committees (housing, insurance and securities); the Judiciary committees (telecommunications, legal reform and bankruptcy); the House Commerce Committee (environmental, communications and energy-related (pipeline) matters); and the House and Senate Appropriations committees.

Practice & Background

Since 2008, much of Mr. Davis’ work has focused on environmental policy issues regarding the EPA’s risk assessment of certain chemicals and the reform of its Integrated Risk Information System. That effort has involved considerable work with the House Science Committee and the House and Senate Appropriations committees.

As head of the firm’s financial institutions policy group, Mr. Davis coordinates a team of lawyers engaged in a diversified financial service practice before Congress, the executive branch and various regulatory agencies. He has represented foreign and domestic investment houses and commercial banks, consumer lending companies and private equity on a range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions and bank holding company and securities law reform. His practice also includes work related to mortgage insurance, home equity and hedge fund matters.

In his practice before the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Mr. Davis has represented one of the world’s premier voice, video and data communications companies on telecommunications issues; consumer lending companies in bankruptcy reform legislation; and a variety of companies on civil RICO, antitrust and asbestos law reform and other legal policy issues. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Davis served as a counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 1978 to 1979.

Mr. Davis served as the co-manager of the firm’s policy and regulation practices, and has served in a practice management role since 2002. He is a former member of the firm’s management and compensation committees. Mr. Davis is active in Republican politics.

Mr. Davis served as law clerk to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.