Former Western Michigan U.S. Attorney Retires
By Jennifer Koons | December 1, 2013 7:02 pm

Donald Davis, a long-time veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Grand Rapids, announced his retirement last week.

Donald Davis

He was appointed to lead the office by Chief U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney in 2008 after U.S. Attorney Charles R. Gross accepted a position with the Department of Justice in Washington.

Davis served until July 2012 when Patrick Miles, Jr., nominated by President Barack Obama, took office.

“For 40 years it has been my privilege to work with individuals who are the finest, most ethical and interesting Judges and lawyers and public servants that anyone could hope to be associated with,” Davis wrote in a letter to colleagues that was obtained by The Grand Rapids Press.

Davis spent his entire legal career in Grand Rapids, first as the law clerk for U.S. District Judge Noel Fox. In 1975, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District, serving over the years as the criminal chief, first assistant U.S. Attorney and senior litigation counsel.

A former president of the West Michigan chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Davis has also taught at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute on a variety of subjects.

He graduated from Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan Law School.

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