Anthony Davis is a lawyer’s lawyer. He advises lawyers and law firms in the United States and internationally in the areas of professional responsibility, risk management and every aspect of the law governing lawyers. Anthony is the author of books, numerous scholarly articles, and the bi-monthly “Professional Responsibility” column in the New York Law Journal.

Anthony is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law, teaching “Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Practice.” He is a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a Member of the American Law Institute (ALI).


  • Bar Association Memberships
    • American Bar Association
      • Center for the Professional Responsibility
      • International Law Section – Cross-Border Practice Management Committee, Steering Group member (2020-current)
    • New York City Bar
      • Professional Ethics Committee, 2010-2013; 2023 –
      • Professional Responsibility Committee, 1992-1995, 1998-2001, 2007-2010, 2019-2022
    • New York State Bar Association
    • American Bar Foundation
    • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Past President
    • College of Law Practice Management
    • American Law Institute
  • Presentations

    Anthony frequently presents on a variety of professional responsibility and legal ethics topics to a multitude of organizations. In addition to MCLE programs for individual law firms, these include ABA sections, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the New York State and New York City Bar Associations.

  • Publications
    • Co-author, “Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, American Bar Association,” copublished by the Law Practice Management Section and the Center for Professional Responsibility, 1995, 2nd edition, 2007, 3rd edition, 2015
    • Co-author, “The Essential Formbook; Comprehensive Management Tools for Lawyers”, ABA Law Practice Management Section, 4 volumes, 2001
    • Co-author, “Reforming Lawyer Mobility—Protecting Turf or Serving Clients?,” The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, vol. 30, 2017
    • “Legal Ethics and Risk Management; Complimentary Visions of Lawyer Regulation,” The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, vol. XXI, 2008
    • Co-author, “Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines: A Tale of Unintended

    Consequences,” ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, The Professional Lawyer, vol. 23, 2016

    • Co-author, “The New Battle Over Conflicts of Interest: Should Professional Regulators—or Clients —Decide What Is a Conflict?,” ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, The Professional Lawyer, vol. 24, 2017
    • Co-author, “Increasing Profitability by Improving Client Intake,” Ch.5 of The Mechanics of Law Firm Profitability: People, Process, and Technology, Ark Group, 2016
    • Co-author, “Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview,” Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2017
    • Co-author, “Due Diligence When Bringing Laterals and Their Cases into Your Firm,” DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, 2018
    • Regular bi-monthly “Professional Responsibility” column in the New York Law Journal


    Anthony is often interviewed by and quoted in legal publications and other media about issues involving legal ethics and law firm risk management.



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Cambridge, BA (Hons) Law 1970; MA 1974

New York University School of Law, LLM (Crim. J) 1971

Prior Law Firm Experience

Clyde & Co US LLP

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Practice Areas