Joanne F. Davis

Of Counsel

Joanne Davis is a corporate and general business lawyer adept at managing legal needs at all levels of complex organizations, and has particular knowledge and experience in the chemical, financial, health care and industrial sectors.

Joanne was Assistant General Counsel to a publicly traded multi-national chemical manufacturer for sixteen years, where she advised senior executives and business leaders globally, counseling on a daily basis on a wide range of business matters, including joint ventures and alliances; credit, security and other financial arrangements; guaranties and indemnities; supply and procurement; sales and distribution; intellectual property licensing; tax planning implementation; confidentiality; equipment and real property leases and lease financing; international marketing and distribution; regulatory compliance; government contracts; government agency/international project financing; corporate organization and governance; corporate disclosure; policy promulgation, implementation and compliance; and toll manufacturing, service, consulting and outsourcing agreements.

At various times she served as global Finance Counsel (advising CFO/accounting/business development/treasury/tax/risk/credit); Director of Litigation; Director of M&A Transactions and Director of Legal Operations. She had primary responsibility for the compilation and justification of a $20M annual legal budget and implemented innovative budget recordkeeping and reporting techniques, both internally and with outside counsel.

As a transactional health care attorney, Joanne has advised health care entities including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practice groups, and community providers on health care, contract, regulatory and general corporate matters and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of hospital based provider acquisitions, medical business transactions (formation, acquisition, merger and dissolution of practices and other medical entities), joint ventures, corporate governance, private placements, contracts, and privacy matters.

Joanne was an associate in the Manhattan office of Debevoise & Plimpton, where her practice focused on corporate, public, real estate and project and equipment finance. She clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit following her graduation from law school.

Ms. Davis has a longstanding pro bono commitment, and throughout her career has focused on assisting non-profit organizations with respect to organization, governance and operational matters.

  • Parlayed a government cost accounting change into two first impression claims on behalf of a corporate client against the United States Department of the Army for post retirement benefits incurred in connection with a series of cost reimbursement contracts dating back to the 1940s, which resulted in the client’s receipt of almost $80 million towards future retiree claims. Built and led the interdisciplinary team that formulated a unique litigation strategy subsequently acclaimed but unrepeated in national government contracting circles.
  • Global project manager for internal and external cross disciplinary teams to achieve four simultaneous major financial transactions (syndicated secured working capital line; bond tender; bond issuance and securitization of receivables) comprising a highly successful and complex $800+ million corporate refinancing.
  • As in–house counsel, repeatedly sought after to undertake cross-disciplinary and breakthrough assignments, including the outsourcing of critical domestic business processes and first impression transactions in frontier jurisdictions (including Eastern Europe and Asia).
  • Lease financing and transfer transactions with respect to corporate headquarters sites.
  • Negotiation and documentation of manufacturing joint ventures and alliances domestically and in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
  • As Director of Litigation, managed corporate portfolio which included environmental, intellectual property, commercial, toxic tort and tort litigation.
  • Teamed with Senior Vice President for Public Affairs to negotiate revisions to state relocation incentives.
Joanne can be reached at

Professional Associations

American Bar Association;
Connecticut Bar Association;
Association of the Bar of the City of New York;
North Atlantic Business Law Association (NARBLA)

Current Community Service

Town of Newtown, CT Commission on Aging. Commissioner.
The Little Warriors, A Brian Bill Project, Inc. Director.


New York


Western New England College School of Law, L.L.M. candidate.
University of Bridgeport, J.D. magna cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, U.B.L.R.
Boston University School of Public Communication, B.S., cum laude. Communication/ Broadcast Journalism