Gardner F. Davis is a partner and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He advises boards of directors and special committees in regard to fiduciary duty issues in various contexts, and he has extensive experience restructuring financially distressed enterprises, both inside and outside of bankruptcy.
He is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, and Private Equity & Venture Capital Practices.
Gardner frequently represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisition transactions, from management buy-outs to combinations of large public companies.
Since June 1, 2005, he has closed more than 150 mergers and acquisition transactions with an aggregate value of $13 billion.
Professional Memberships :
Gardner served as chair of the Corporations and Securities Law Committee of The Florida Bar Business Law Section, and as chair of the Business, Banking and Corporations Section of the Jacksonville Bar.
He served as chair of The Florida Bar Business Law Section Committee studying revision of the director’s conflict-of-interest sections of the Florida corporate statute, has been a member of the drafting committees for the Florida Revised Uniform Partnership Act, the Florida Revised Business Corporation Act and The Florida Bar Report on Standards for Legal Opinions.
Gardner received his J.D. degree, with high honors, in 1984 from Duke University, where he was senior editor of the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems.
He served a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His bachelor’s degree was conferred by Dartmouth College in 1981.
Gardner teaches corporate law and advanced business document drafting on an adjunct basis at the University of Florida Law School.
Gardner is also past chair of the Jacksonville Ready Child Coalition, a former member of the Mayor’s Literacy Advisory Committee, and a former member of the board of Episcopal Child Services Foundation.
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