William T. Davison
William is counsel in the litigation department. He focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes, securities litigation, internal investigations, and corporate governance disputes. William has experience in all stages of litigation, including motion practice, managing all aspects of discovery, witness interviews and depositions, trial, and appeal. William’s clients include private equity firms, financial services companies, and companies specializing in consumer goods.
William also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented asylum seekers fleeing religious persecution, and indigent individuals in family law proceedings. He also has represented nonprofit organizations in voting rights litigation.
- Represented OTK Associates, LLC in shareholder litigation against Morgans Hotel Group in Delaware Court of Chancery. Successfully secured an injunction requiring the company to reinstate a record date and annual meeting date and prohibiting the company from moving forward with a strategic transaction until approved pursuant to a proper process.
- Represented a member of the Demoulas Super Markets board of directors in litigation alleging that the director was in violation of the company’s by-laws and articles of organization. Conducted an investigation on behalf of a special committee of the board. Represented committee members in connection with ongoing corporate governance disputes concerning the Market Basket grocery store chain.
- Represented special committee of board of publically held technology company responding to SEC requests and conducted an internal investigation into allegations of insider trading and federal securities law violations.
- Represented investment adviser in responding to Massachusetts Securities Division allegations of violations of Massachusetts securities laws.
- Currently representing large publicly held consumer goods company in defending against securities claims brought by shareholders.
- Currently representing former board members of a publicly held company in an ongoing SEC investigation regarding claims of violations of federal securities laws.
- Co-Author, “Litigation Risks Posed by “Greenwashing” Claims for ESG Funds,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance (April 25, 2022)
- Co-Author, “DOL Fiduciary Rule Implications for Private Investment Fund Managers,” Bloomberg BNA “Securities Regulation & Law Report” (June 13, 2016)
- JD, magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 2011; Editor in Chief: Boston University Public Interest Law Journal ; Dr. John Ordronaux Prize; Homer Albers Prize Moot Court; Best Oralist
- BA (Political Science and History), cum laude, Middlebury College, 2008
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2011
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2021-2022)
- 2013 Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice