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Davis, Alicia J.

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Professor of Law

3210 South Hall
Since joining the Michigan Law faculty in fall 2004, Professor Alicia J. Davis has taught Enterprise Organization, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investor Protection, and the Law and Economics Workshop. She also serves as the associate dean for strategic initiatives. Her current research includes projects in corporate governance and securities regulation. Before coming to Michigan Law, Professor Davis practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C., where she represented public and private companies and private equity firms in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions. Her professional experience also includes time as an investment banker, first with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, where her clients included Fortune 100 companies pursuing equity and debt financings, and later with Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she served as a vice president and represented public and private companies in middle market mergers and acquisitions transactions. Professor Davis served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in fall 2010 and is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. She earned her BS in business administration, summa cum laude, from Florida A&M University, her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her JD from Yale Law School.

Recent Publications

More Publications...

Inverse Lemons Markets and Mandatory Disclosure. Working Paper.​

Are Investors' Gains and Losses from Securities Fraud Equal Over Time? Theory and Evidence. Univ. of Michigan Law School, Empirical Legal Studies Center Working Paper Series, no. 09-002. Under Review.
Full text: MLaw Repository | SSRN

"Think Like a Businessperson: Using Business School Cases to Create Strategic Corporate Lawyers." St. Louis U. L.J. 59, no. 3 (2015): 823-40.
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"The Institutional Appetite for Quack Corporate Governance." Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1, no. 1 (2015): 1-120.
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Recently Taught Courses


Presented "The Institutional Appetite for Quack Corporate Governance" at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, November 2014.

Provided commentary on "Multiple Lead Underwriter IPOs and Firm Visibility" at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, November 2014. ​​

Presented "The Institutional Appetite for Quack Corporate Governance" at the University of Michigan Law School Business Law Lunch, Ann Arbor, November 2014. ​

Served as a moderator of the Mergers and Acquisitions Panel at the Corporate Law in Asia Symposium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, February 2014.

Presented "The Corporate Governance Clientele Effect" at the University of Michigan Law School Law & Economics Workshop, Ann Arbor, September 2013.​

Presented "Inverse Lemons Markets and Mandatory Disclosure" at the Brooklyn Law School Faculty Workshop, Brooklyn, New York, March 2013.

Presented "The Law of Private Placements" at the Off-Wall Street Symposium, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, February 2013.