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  • Virginia
  • New York
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  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1993
    University of Chicago Law Review

    Articles Editor, University of Chicago Round Table

    Recipient, Chicago Law Foundation Grant
  • B.A., Double major in Government and Philosophy, with distinction, Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, 1990
    Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

    Accelerated graduation in three years


  • American Bar Association
    Virginia Bar Association
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Michael C. Davis


Mike Davis finds ways to solve his clients’ problems—either with innovative business solutions or through litigation or dispute resolution.

His practice often focuses on environmental issues encountered in construction and redevelopment, including:

  • redevelopment of impaired properties or Brownfields
  • environmental and construction insurance and liability-risk transfer agreements, including evaluation, allocation and transfer of CERCLA liabilities
  • public/private partnerships
  • environmental litigation, including complex multi-party CERCLA cost recovery, litigation and liability allocation, NEPA challenges, wetlands issues, and toxic torts
  • environmental and insurance due diligence in complex or high value mergers, acquisitions, investments or loans

He has been involved in some of the most significant redevelopment projects in the country—from the World Trade Center in Manhattan to the Poplar Point redevelopment project in the District of Columbia.

Mike is also frequently called on to help in the acquisition of high-value insurance policies and in numerous insurance coverage disputes across many industries.

He has significant experience representing drug, medical device and dietary supplement manufacturers in litigation and dispute resolution.

All of his clients benefit from his almost 20 years of experience working with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as his tireless work ethic.

Mike's work with independent schools concerning indoor air quality and other environmental issues has served to limit potential liability as well as ensure the safety of students, faculty and other members of the school's community. Whether addressing issues of materials and systems found in older buildings or assisting in the renovation process, his ability to develop strategies and solutions to environmental challenges has proven invaluable.

Representative Clients

Mike counsels governmental entities and companies in a wide range of industries— construction, government contracting, manufacturing, urban development, finance, pharmaceuticals, risk transfer and financial services.

Examples include:
  • a government agency redeveloping the World Trade Center Site in Manhattan
  • a municipality engaged in significant redevelopment along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC
  • a private developer in connection with a Brownfield site on the East River in New York City
  • a utility in connection with the acquisition of wind farms located in more than a dozen locations
  • a Fortune 200 company in connection with its acquisitions
  • various national and international lenders in connection with loans to green energy projects such as wind farms and hydroelectric dams
  • a national homebuilder in insurance coverage disputes
  • the operator of one of the nation’s busiest mass transit systems in a significant  insurance coverage dispute

Significant Matters

  • an amicus brief on behalf of former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency before the U.S. Supreme Court (Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 497 (2007))
  • representation of a client in a liability risk transfer agreement dealing with the cleanup at a Superfund site that is expected to have remediation costs in excess of $40 million

In an ongoing matter, Mike represents an economic development entity and a memorial foundation in conjunction with the World Trade Center site. He also represents clients in "smart growth" redevelopment efforts in the District of Columbia and in Lower Manhattan.


Mike is a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee. The committee was created in 2007 to assist Maryland’s attorney general in identifying priority environmental issues and to help guide environmental policy and enforcement initiatives.

Mike has provided pro bono assistance to former Environmental Protection Agency Administrators, the Urban Land Institute, the District of Columbia and to children removed from the care of their parents by the state.