Attorney Don Davis is available to provide mature, thoughtful, clear, and individualized advice, counsel and representation to individuals and corporations who find themselves the subject of a federal or state criminal investigation or prosecution. He is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for any client of the firm by using his many years of experience in, and knowledge of, the criminal justice system.
Prior to joining Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch, PLLC, Mr. Davis was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan from 2008-2012. The Western District of Michigan is comprised of 49 counties in the western half of Michigan and includes the entire Upper Peninsula. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Michigan, Mr. Davis was one of only 93 U.S. Attorneys in the country, the chief federal law enforcement officer in the district, and the lead representative for the United States in civil and criminal cases. Mr. Davis also served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee for Native American Issues. Mr. Davis was appointed U.S. Attorney by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Davis was responsible for supervising nearly 40 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In addition he served for 35 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in numerous capacities including: First Assistant; Criminal Chief; and Senior Litigation Counsel.
Mr. Davis dedicated much of his practice to federal criminal tax law but he also investigated and prosecuted all manners of economic and violent crime such as:
Mr. Davis has tried over 75 federal jury trials to verdict (all successfully since 1983), including obtaining acquittals at federal trials as a defense attorney with Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch. He is one of the leading experts in criminal tax law and tax investigations in the United States. He has argued over 125 federal appellate cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Davis served as a law clerk to the Chief Federal Judge for the Western District of Michigan.
For more than 40 years he has been extensively involved in the legal community including: Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee; Michigan State Bar’s U.S. Courts Committee (Chairperson); Federal Bar Association (President); Hillman Advocacy Program (Chairperson); a Master of the Inns of Court; Federal Courts Rules Committee and its Criminal Working Group.
Mr. Davis has been a frequent lecturer and instructor throughout the United States, including the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, on such topics as: trial advocacy; the law of evidence; ethics; the federal grand jury; conspiracy; asset forfeiture; expert witnesses, tax; forensics; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Davis has also published two articles on the federal grand jury process in the Michigan State Bar Journal.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from: the U.S. Department of Justice; FBI; IRS; Secret Service; Homeland Security; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Administration; Postal Service; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Department of Labor; Treasury Department; Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan; and Michigan State Police. Those awards include: two U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IRS, the Hillman Award, and the Marion Hilligan Public Service Award.