Clarence Davis


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Practice Areas

  • Pharmaceutical
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • 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
AdmittedSouth Carolina; Admitted in South Carolina, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and not admitted in Georgia.; U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional & Community Involvement

•General Council, South Carolina Bar, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section, 2015-2018
•Board Member, Benedict College, Columbia, SC, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present
•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, GA, Board of Governors
•Member, Executive and Finance Committee
•Chair, U.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, South Carolina
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Business Section
•Member, Litigation Section, Energy Litigation Committee
•Member, White Collar Crime Section
•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 Bar, Judicial Qualifications Committee
•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 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
•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)

MilitaryCaptain, U.S. Air Force; Circuit Trial Counsel, U.S. Air Force; Recipient, Meritorious Service Medal
BornTuskegee, Alabama, April 21, 1956

Clarence Davis focuses his practice on complex business litigation, products liability, toxic torts and class action trial defense with an emphasis on defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in products 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 in the United States. 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.

Areas of Concentration

•Class action trial defense
•Complex business litigation
•Pharmaceutical and medical devices
•Product liability
•Toxic torts

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.27.15 19 Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America
07.09.15 Victoria Lockard, Clarence Davis, Amy Dehnel, Jessica Odom Author Chapters; Sara Tucker Edits DRI 'Young Lawyers Guide to Defense Practice'
09.02.14 17 Greenberg Traurig Atlanta Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
05.12.14 Greenberg Traurig's Clarence Davis to Serve on the Benedict College Board of Trustees
07.15.13 Greenberg Traurig Expands Its Atlanta Office with the Addition of Prominent Litigator Clarence Davis

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, Conducting Voir Dire, A Young Lawyer's Guide to Defense Practice, Defense Research Institute, 2015
•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

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Commercial Litigation 2011-2016
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, South Carolina Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009, 2011-2013
•Recipient, Order of the Palmetto, 1999
•Recipient, Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions, National Bar Association
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Previous Employment

•Faculty, Bring Out the Handkerchiefs: How to Handle Jury Sympathy, Defense Research Institute, Environmental Toxic Tort Litigation Conference
•Faculty, American Board Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter, Masters in Trial Program 2011 and 2013
•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
•Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina, 1989-1991

Reported CasesSignificant 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 which he represented a Fortune 500 chemical company in a toxic tort matter. 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.

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Clarence Davis

3333 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 2500
AtlantaGA 30305


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