Andre M. Davis served for thirty years as a judge on four courts: the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, from 2009 through 2017; the United States District court from 1995 through 2009; the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, from 1990 through 1995; and the state District Court from 1987 through 1990.
Upon graduating from law school, Davis served as law clerk to Judge Frank A. Kaufman and then to Judge Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Before his appointment as a judge, he had served as an appellate attorney for the Civil Rights Division for the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore.
In September 2017, Davis retired from the bench and was appointed by the Mayor of Baltimore as City Solicitor. In that role, which he held until March 2020, he led the City Law Department, comprised of more than one hundred lawyers and support personnel, and served as one of five members of the City’s Board of Estimates, the municipal spending authority.
Davis received a BA in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1978.