B.A., cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University (1968)
University of Chicago Law School
J.D., cum laude, Widener University’s Delaware School of Law (1984)
United States District Court for the District of Delaware (1984)
Supreme Court of Delaware (1984)
United States Supreme Court (1991)
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1991)
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Delaware State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Charlene D. Davis is a director at Bayard. Her practice focus is corporate bankruptcy and commercial litigation. She regularly represents creditor committees, trustees, debtors and creditors large bankruptcy cases. She is also an experienced federal litigator and former Assistant United States Attorney. Charlene joined the firm in 1988 and currently serves on the firm’s executive and marketing committees.
Charlene is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.* She has been recognized as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy and restructuring by Chambers USA and Lawdragon 3000 in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and designated a Delaware Super Lawyer in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights in the Philadelphia magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Charlene was recently appointed to the Special Masters Panel by the United States District Court in Delaware. She also currently serves on Widener University School of Law National Advisory Council.
Charlene is past chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association; past President of the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; and a former member of the Advisory Committee to the United States District Court for Delaware. From 1996-1998, she was a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Advisory Committee and the Bench and Bar Relations Committee. From 1989 through 1997, she served on the United States District Court Blue Ribbon Panel as a criminal defense attorney for indigent defendants. In 1996, the judges of District Court named her as the first recipient of the Caleb R. Layton Service Award.
Charlene authored a chapter related to appellate practice in Federal Practice Guide—Federal Appellate Procedure Third Circuit (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1997).
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.