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Michael Davis

Michael Davis

Litigator and General Counsel for Startup to Mid-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Denver
Colorado
Licensed in
CO, DC, IA
University of
Iowa College of Law
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About
Michael R. Davis is an attorney and the managing partner of MRDLaw. Mike provides general legal advice and strategic counseling to startup through mid-sized companies, as these entrepreneurs navigate the litigation, arbitration, mediation, appellate, regulatory, ethics, government-affairs, public-policy, political, and public-relations worlds. Mike started his law practice, after serving for nearly five years at one of the largest law firms in the world and one of the highest-ranked litigation firms in Colorado.
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""Mike Davis served as my legal counsel, defending me against an ethics complaint filed by a partisan non-profit. Even though the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission was highly biased against us from the start, Mr. Davis remained unruffled, providing sound legal counsel and good strategic insights. More than once, he literally burned the midnight oil to make things happen. Despite the incredibly hostile and politicized tribunal, he refused to be cowed by a harsh chairman, all the time keeping a good sense of humor about him. I am proud to call Mr. Davis my attorney and a good friend." - The Honorable Scott Gessler, Colorado Secretary of State (2011-15)"

Litigator for High-Profile Ethics Complaint Against Statewide Elected Official
Posted on Jun 7, 2015
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"“I have been in business for nearly 50 years and have dealt with a lot of lawyers during that time. Generally, I’ve viewed the attorney-client relationship as adversarial, a necessary evil. What you really need is an attorney who is a partner with you, looking out for the best interest of your business. Mike has become that for my business. He is direct and brutally honest. I know I am always getting a straight answer, and one that is right for my business. In fact, if I had known Mike 5-10 years ago, I wouldn’t be in some of the lawsuits I am in today.” - Ray Avedon, Owner, Avedon Engineering, Inc. and Airius, LLC"

Outside General Counsel to Manufacturer and Green-Technology Startup
Posted on Jun 7, 2015

Work History

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP

Associate Litigation Attorney

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

- Represented clients in variety of industries in matters involving complex civil litigation and business disputes

Mar 2010 - Feb 2012

Greenberg Traurig

Associate Litigation Attorney

Sep 2007 - Mar 2010

- Represented wide variety of clients as complex-civil and public-policy litigator

Sep 2007 - Mar 2010

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Law Clerk to the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Circuit Judge

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007

- One-year clerkship for newly appointed federal circuit judge
- Assisted Judge Gorsuch with transition and investiture, reviewing case materials, researching law, drafting bench memorandums, and drafting published and unpublished appellate decisions related to both federal civil and criminal cases

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007

United States Department of Justice

Special Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia

Mar 2006 - Aug 2006

- Six-month detail as federal prosecutor
- Prosecuted numerous felons and other criminals, from in-take to charging to plea agreement, conviction, sentencing, and appeal

Mar 2006 - Aug 2006

United States Department of Justice

Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division

Feb 2006 - Aug 2006

- Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security Clearance

Feb 2006 - Aug 2006

The White House

Associate Director, Office of Political Affairs

Feb 2005 - Feb 2006

- Assisted with transition from first term to second term of Bush Administration
- Assisted with selection of all presidential nominees and appointees, along with all other politically appointed positions throughout the Bush Administration (PAS, political SES, Schedule C, boards and commissions, and presidential delegations)
- Served as political liaison to all federal departments and agencies

Feb 2005 - Feb 2006

United States Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Board Member and Student Representative

Oct 2003 - Feb 2005

- Appointed by United States Secretary of Education as sole student representative to advise Secretary and Congress on student financial aid policies

Oct 2003 - Feb 2005

United States Department of Justice

Summer Law Clerk, Office of Legal Policy

Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

- 2L summer clerkship
- Assisted with researching, formulating, and drafting public-policy positions and recommendations
- Assisted with drafting background and briefing materials on potential federal judicial nominees

Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

United States Department of Justice

Summer Law Clerk, Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa

Jun 2003 - Sep 2003

- 1L summer clerkship
- Assisted United States Attorney with speechwriting and public, DOJ, and intergovernmental affairs
- Researched and drafted legal analysis of numerous areas of civil and criminal law

Jun 2003 - Sep 2003

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Special Assistant for White House Liaison

Feb 2001 - Jul 2002

- Assisted with transition from Clinton Administration to Bush Administration
- Assisted with selection of, and served as political liaison to, all presidential nominees and appointees, along with all other politically appointed positions, within Department (PAS, political SES, Schedule C, boards and commissions)
- Assisted with communication and coordination with White House staff

Feb 2001 - Jul 2002

Presidential Inaugural Committee

Director of Marketing and Distribution, Publications Division

Jan 2001 - Feb 2001

- Managed marketing and distribution efforts for official publications of Presidential Inaugural Committee

Jan 2001 - Feb 2001

United States Senate

Staff Assistant, Office of Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA)

Jul 2000 - Jan 2001

- First post-college job
- Assisted Senator in responding to his constituents' correspondence

Jul 2000 - Jan 2001

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