Mr. Davila is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin School of Law, and holds a European Law certificate from the University College London. He is also a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he has served as Judge Advocate worldwide for more than 22 years. He founded the Firm in 2005.
Lieutenant Colonel Davila was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and raised in the Commonwealth Puerto Rico (“PR”), where he attended Saint George’s Academy in San Juan for his entire primary, elementary, and high school education.
In 1993, he received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Certificate on Law, Criminology, & Deviance, from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
In 1997, he received a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During his last year in law school, Lieutenant Colonel Davila attended the University College London, where he focused on European Community and International Law.
After graduating from law school, Lieutenant Colonel Davila joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Following his graduation from the Basic School and the Naval Justice School, he was assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Bases Japan. During his yearlong deployment to Okinawa Japan, then First Lieutenant Carlos Davila served as the Japanese Jurisdiction Officer, and International Law Officer. During that period, he managed criminal cases pending before Japanese courts against Marines serving aboard units located on the island of Okinawa. While there he was promoted to rank of Captain.
From 2001 to 2002, then Captain Davila was transferred to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he served as Assistant Court Martial Review Officer, Prosecutor, and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 2nd Force Service Support Group (FSSG). His duties included reviewing records of courts martial, prosecuting Marines under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and served as legal advisor to the then Commanding General, 2nd FSSG.
In September of 2002, then Captain Davila left the active Marine Corps and went to work at the Miami office of the New York law firm Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLC, where he formed part of team of lawyers engaged in complex multistate class action litigation.
Captain Davila returned to the active U.S. Marine Corps as a Reserve in August of 2003, where he soon found himself on the road to a combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In that regard, his first assignment was as Officer in Charge of a detachment of Tow & Scout Platoons, 4th Tank Battalion, at Hialeah Florida (a 150 Marine sized detachment).
During the next four years he was mobilized twice in support of the Global War on Terror. The first mobilization was in 2004 at U.S. Southern Command where he served as an assistant to the Reserve Liaison Officer. Soon after on December of 2005, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. During his seven-month combat deployment to Iraq, then Captain Davila served as Deputy Judge Advocate, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division and Judge Advocate, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2n Marine Division, where he advised Commanders on rules of engagement, monitored the handling of detainees and enemy combatants, and adjudicated foreign damage and personal injury claims.
Upon his return to the United States and release from active duty in January of 2006, then Captain Davila returned to private practice and opened a law office in Miami Florida. Since then, the Davila Law Firm has helped clients in the Miami Dade area work through real estate, commercial litigation, and military family cases.
In 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Davila was promoted to the rank of Major and reported to U.S. Marine Forces South, where he served as a Reserve Deputy Staff Judge Advocate. Two years later, he was reassigned as an Action Officer in the Operations section, where he trained Partner Nation Latin American military officers in the U.S. Marine Corps’ rapid planning process.
In 2010, then Major Davila was mobilized for active duty at U.S. Marine Forces South (MARFORSOUTH), where served as an Exercise Plans Officer until 2012. As the lead planner for MARFORSOUTH’s role in U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) two major military exercises, he frequently deployed to numerous locations in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also participated in counter drug operations focused on drug interdiction in Latin American and the Caribbean.
On October of 2012, then Major Davila reported to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), at Camp Smith, Hawaii, where he served concurrently as a reserve Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and frequently deployed to several parts of Asia to support major military exercises and operations. In 2013 he was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
On September of 2018, Lieutenant Colonel Davila reported to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate,
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve (MARFORRES), at Marine Support Activity, New Orleans, Louisiana, where he serves a Command Legal Advisor to Marine Forces Reserve’s Major Subordinate Commands. During his time there, he provided the legal review for hundreds of administrative separation packages (CLA), overseen command investigations, coordinated responses to discovery requests in a federal court case involving a tank fire that resulted in the death of Marine, and served as legal counsel for family notification teams in two mishaps that resulted in the deaths for several Marines.
When Lieutenant Colonel Davila is not on active duty or performing military drills, he focuses on his private legal practice and other business enterprises. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the State and Federal Courts of Florida and Wisconsin.
Lieutenant Colonel Davila speaks English and Spanish.
He also practices Corporate Law and Business Transactions.
Lieutenant Colonel Davila’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve
Service Medal, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He is a graduate of the Naval Justice School, the Expeditionary Warfare School, and the Command and General Staff College.
Lieutenant Colonel Davila is married to Lieutenant Colonel Maisie M. Wong, U.S. Marine Corps, of Honolulu, Hawaii. They live in Miami, Florida and have two children, Natalia, and Claudia.
1. Aug 18-Present: Legal Advisor, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2. Oct 12-Sep 17: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (Reserve), Marine Forces Pacific Staff Judge Advocate’s Office.
3. Jul 09- Sep 12: Action Officer, Exercise Section, (IMA, Ad Since Jun 10), Marine Forces South Headquarters, Miami, Florida.
4. Mar 07- Jul 09: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (IMA), Marine Forces South Headquarters, Miami, Florida.
5. Jan 05 – Jan 06: Judge Advocate (Mobilization), 8th Marine Regiment, Al Anbar, Iraq.
6. Jun 04 - Dec 04: Action Officer, Reserve Affairs, (ADSW) U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida.
7. Aug 03- Mar 07: Officer in Charge (SMCR), Tow/Scout Platoon, 4th Tanks, 4th MARDIV.
8. Jan 01- Sep 02: Judge Advocate, (AD) HQ Company, 2nd FSSG, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
9. Nov 99 -Jan 01: International Law Officer, (AD) MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan.
10. Nov 98- Jun 99: The Basic School, (AD) MCCDC, Quantico, Virginia.
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