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A. Arthur Davis, American lawyer, director. Bar: Iowa 1952, United States Circuit Court Appeals (8th circuit). 1959, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1975, District of Columbia 1968. Recipient National award People to People Program, 1961, Brotherhood award Des Moines chapter National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1981.


Davis, A. Arthur was born on October 12, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa, United States.


Bachelor of Specialized Studies with honors, Northwestern University, 1950. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1952.


Worked at Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C. (Des Moines, Iowa) specializing in General Practice. Agricultural Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Construction Law, Education Law, Employment and Labor Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Securities Litigation, Workers' Compensation, Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Broker/Dealer Regulation, Commercial Law, Consumer Law and Regulation, Corporate, ERISA, Financial Institutions, Governmental Relations Law, Mergers, Acquisitions and Regulation, Health Care and Hospitals, International Immigration, Investment Banking, Municipal and Public Authority Financing, Patent, Trademarks and Copyright Law and related Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning, Professional Liability, Public Utility Regulation, Real Estate, Securities, State and Local Tax, State Government, Tax, Telecommunications, Venture Capital Transactions. Admitted to the bar, 1952, Iowa.

1959, United States. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. 1968, District of Columbia. 1975, United States. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Order of the Coif; Delta Sigma Rho. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 1995-1996. Member, Board of Editors, Illinois Law Review and Northwestern University Law Review, 1951-1952.

Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 1951-1952. Author: "Securities Law," 20 Drake Law Review 128, 1970. Co-Author: "Developments Under Federal Securities Law—Bar Chris and Globus," 54 Iowa L. Rev.

1038, 1969. Author: "Common or Contract Carrier?—The ‘Circle’ Circle," 47 Iowa Law Review 637, 1962. Mayor, City of Des Moines, 1996—. Member, National Advisory Committee, Small Business Administration, 1996—.

Member, 1963-1969 and President, 1966-1967, Des Moines Independent Community School District Board. Governor's Commission on State and Local Government, 1964-1968. Member, Insurance Commissioner's Special Committee on State Regulation, 1967-1968.

Vice President, 1974-1977, and President, 1977-1978, Northwestern University Law Alumni Association. Member, Board of Directors, Des Moines International Airport Board, 1993-1995. Member, United States.

8th Circuit Judge Nominating Commission, 1978-1981. Member of Board, Iowa SHARES, 1979-1982. Member: Visiting Committee, Northwestern University Law School, 1980-1988.

President's Holocaust Memorial Council, 1980-1987. Member, Board of Directors, Iowa Product Development Corporation, 1983-1985. Member: Board of Trustees, 1986-1987.

Board of Governors, 1987-1995. Vice Chairman, 1987-1990, Drake University. Chair, Chamber of Commerce Soviet Advisory Board, 1990—.

Member, Board of Directors, Corporation for International Trade, 1991—. Chair, Iowa Democratic Party, 1985-1987. Member, Democratic National Committee, 1985-1987.

Member, Advisory Committee on the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1995-1996. Member: Polk County, Iowa State (Chairman, Joint Committee, Iowa Investment Bankers Association, 1971-1975) and American Bar Associations. Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C., and its predecessors, have been practicing law in Des Moines since 1929.

The Firm is large enough to provide representation in many areas of law, and small enough to provide cost-effective, personal attention. A broad range of services is available through the Litigation and Business/Tax Divisions. The Firm maintains the state's largest private law library.


Member Des Moines Commission on Human Rights, 1960-1963, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1980-1987. Member Board Education Des Moines Indiana Community School District, 1963-1969, president, 1966-1967. Member visiting committee Northwestern University School Law, 1980.

Member Governor's Commission on State and Local Government, 1964-1968, Insurance Commissioner's Special Committee on State Regulation, 1967-1968. Board directors Planned Parenthood Association Iowa, president, 1976. Member advisory panel on making government work better Democratic National Committee, 1981-1985.

Board directors Iowa Product Development Corporation, 1983-1985, Des Moines International Airport Board, since 1993. Member Lieutenant Governor's Iowa Tomorrow Committee, 1983-1985. State chairman Iowa Democratic Party, 1985-1987, member Democratic National Committee, 1985-1987.

Board of trustees, 1985-1987, member, vice chairman board governors since 1987, Drake University. Chairman Boy Scouts American Annual Dinner, 1993. Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1953-1955.

Member Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (director 1973-1975, 80—, president 1979, chair Soviet Advisory Board since 1990), Corporation for International Trade (board directors since 1991), J.B. Demos (board directors), Northwestern University Law Alumni Association (president 1977-1978), Des Moines Club, Order of Coif, Delta Sigma Rho, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Epsilon Pi.


Son of Edward R. and Isabel (Baron) D. Divorced; children: Pamela Benham, Mark Baron.