Michael C. Davis

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Mike Davis represents government agencies, developers, lenders, and others in complex litigation and business transactions involving a variety of issues, including construction, insurance, transportation, and environmental. He has been involved in some of the most significant redevelopment projects in the country, including New York's World Trade Center, Washington, DC's Poplar Point redevelopment project, and the redevelopment of Long Island City, New York.

Mike counsels clients representing a diverse range of industries, including insurance, environmental, construction, government contracting, manufacturing, urban redevelopment, finance, transportation, pharmaceuticals, risk transfer, and financial services. Mike often assists his clients with such tasks as:

  • Developing strategies to redevelop impaired or difficult properties, including brownfields
  • Reviewing environmental insurance, construction insurance, and liability-risk transfer agreements, including those relating to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) violations
  • Structuring public-private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Performing due diligence investigations into the environmental and insurance implications of pending mergers, acquisitions, investments, and loan agreements
  • Serving as counsel in environmental litigation, including complex multi-party CERCLA cost recovery matters, liability allocation issues, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges, wetlands issues, and toxic tort disputes
  • Negotiating high-value insurance policy acquisitions and resolving insurance coverage disputes arising in many industries

Mike makes routine appearances before U.S. federal and state courts, and guides clients through dispute resolution proceedings and investigations before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state-level regulatory agencies.


Representative Matters

  • Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of former administrators of the EPA before the U.S. Supreme Court (Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 549 U.S. 497 (2007))
  • Represented a client in a liability risk transfer agreement dealing with cleanup at a Superfund site that is expected to have remediation costs in excess of $100 million
  • Representing an economic development entity and a memorial foundation in conjunction with the World Trade Center site
  • Represents clients in "smart growth" redevelopment efforts in the District of Columbia and in Lower Manhattan
  • Represented a municipality engaged in significant redevelopment along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC
  • Represented a private developer in connection with a brownfield site on the East River in New York City
  • Represented a utility in connection with the acquisition of wind farms located in more than 12 locations
  • Represented the operator of one of the nation’s busiest mass transit systems in a significant insurance coverage dispute




  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar


  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2020
  • Listed in Washington, DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, Environmental, 2014
  • Selected as a Recommended Lawyer, in Practical Law Company's Cross-Border Environment Handbook, 2007 - 2008
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in the DC Environmental Category, PLC Which Lawyer?


Pro Bono

  • Provides pro bono assistance to former EPA administrators, foster children, the Urban Land Institute, and the District of Columbia