Clarence Davis

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: 678.553.7373
    Fax: 678.553.2212
    University University of South Carolina, B.A., Government/International Studies, 1979
    Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1982
    Admitted1983, South Carolina; U. S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
    Memberships South Carolina Bar (Former Member, Judicial Qualifications Committee); American Bar Association (Member: Business Section; Litigation Section, Energy Litigation Committee; White Collar Crime Section); National Bar Association (Former Member, Commercial Law Section, Executive Committee); Defense Research Institute (Former State Liaison, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Committee); American Board of Trial Advocates.
    MilitaryCapt., USAF, 1983-1987
    BornTuskegee, Alabama, April 21, 1956

    Clarence Davis focuses his practice on complex business litigation, product liability, toxic torts, and class action trial defense. A particular focus of his practice is defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in product liability matters across the country.

    Clarence is experienced in serving as lead counsel in complex business trials and complex litigation for national companies throughout the Southeast and elsewhere. Clarence has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    From 1989 to 1991, Clarence Davis served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he was responsible for the jury trials of securities, tax and federal procurement fraud cases, as well as environmental crime work for South Carolina. There, he was trained by the U.S. Department of Justice to work with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has administrative, civil, criminal litigation and jury trial experience with complex business crimes.

    Clarence has served as a delegate for South Carolina on a southeastern trade mission to Japan and Korea. He has also been awarded the highest public service award issued in the state of South Carolina, the Order of the Palmetto.

    In the 1980s, Clarence was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. In that role he was one of the 20 Circuit Trial Counsel stationed throughout the world and was responsible for the jury trial prosecution of serious felonies at air bases in eight western states.

    Prior to joining the firm, Clarence was a senior partner in a multidisciplinary, national firm in South Carolina.

    Areas of Concentration

    · Class action trial defense

    · Complex business litigation

    · Pharmaceutical and medical devices

    · Product liability

    · Toxic torts

    Professional & Community Involvement

    · Board Member, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Board of Directors
    - Member, Investment Committee

    · Board Member, University of South Carolina Alumni Association, Board of Governors

    · Board Member, Woodward Academy (Atlanta), Board of Governors
    - Member, Executive and Finance Committee

    · Chair, U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Panel (South Carolina)

    · Former Board Member and Second Vice Chair, South Carolina Public Service Authority, Board of Directors ($2.5 billion revenue electric utility)

    · Former Chair, South Carolina Governor's Commission on Race Relations, Economic Development Subcommittee

    · Former Chair, South Carolina Jobs, Economic Development Authority

    · Former Member, South Carolina Coordinating Council, Economic Development and Enterprise Zone Committee

    · Former Member, University of South Carolina School of Law, Office of the Dean, Search Committee

    · Member, American Bar Association
    - Member, Business Section
    - Member, Litigation Section
    - Member, Litigation Section, Energy Litigation Committee
    - Member, White Collar Crime Section

    · Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

    · Member, Defense Research Institute
    - Former State Liaison, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Committee

    · Member, National Bar Association
    - Former Member, Commercial Law Section, Executive Committee

    · Former Member, South Carolina Bar, Judicial Qualifications Committee

    · Member, The Palmetto Institute (South Carolina economic development "think tank")

    · Permanent Member, U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

    · Defense Team Captain, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2010

    · Former Member, Governor of South Carolina Transition Team, 2003
    - Former Chair, Economic Development Task Force (55 members)

    Awards & Recognition

    · Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation 2011-2013

    · Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, South Carolina Super Lawyer, Business Litigation, 2009, 2011-2013

    · Received, the Order of the Palmetto, 1999

    · Received, Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions, National Bar Association

    · Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

    Professional Experience

    Significant Representations

    · Acted as co-lead trial counsel in two Tennessee class actions.°

    · Acted as lead counsel and obtained dismissals in two South Carolina class actions, one being a toxic tort matter in which he represented a Fortune 500 chemical company.°

    · Acted as lead trial counsel and obtained defense verdict in a Virginia class action federal court trial.°

    · Represented small businesses in the Southeast in a plaintiff class action in which a multimillion-dollar settlement was obtained following the class certification hearing on fraud and the RICO Act.°

    · Served as one of the national coordinating counsel for two Fortune 150 corporations; drug and medical device litigation on a specific product; and national coordinating counsel for the document collection, review and database creation and management for another product.°

    °The above representations were handled by Mr. Davis prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

    Previous Employment

    · Former Faculty, "Bring Out the Handkerchiefs: How to Handle Jury Sympathy," Defense Research Institute, Environmental Toxic Tort Litigation Conference

    · Faculty, American Board of Trial Advocates, Louisiana Chapter, Masters in Trial Program, 2012

    · Faculty, American Board of Trial Advocates, Tennessee Chapter, Masters in Trial Program, 2012

    · Faculty, American Board Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter, Masters in Trial Program 2011, 2013

    · Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina, 1989-1991

    Military Experience

    · Captain, U.S. Air Force

    · Circuit Trial Counsel, U.S. Air Force

    · Recipient, Meritorious Service Medal

    Publications & Presentations

    Articles, Lectures & Publications


    · Author, "Trends in Criminalization of Business Activities," National Bar Association, February 2012

    · Primary Author, "Class Action Litigation in Federal and State Courts" Course Materials


    · Speaker, "A Jury Harvest: Picking the Right People," DRI's Drug and Medical Device Seminar, May 2012

    · Speaker, Opening Statements, Arkansas State Bar Annual Convention, June 2012

    · Speaker, "Motions in Limine," DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar, May 2005


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    Office Information

    Clarence Davis

    3333 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 2500
    AtlantaGA 30305


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