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D. Jay Davis, Jr.

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D. Jay Davis, Jr. is chair of the Professional and Medical Liability Group as well as the firm’s Business and Banking Litigation group.  He also serves on the firm’s management committee.  He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.





Jay’s Practice

Jay focuses his defense practice primarily in the areas of professional liability, medical and legal malpractice, nursing homes, business, commercial, and real estate litigation.  He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Charleston School of Law where he taught litigation skills.

Beyond the Practice


He has also been a frequent speaker and presenter on issues related to

  • Litigation and Trial
  • Insurance Defense
  • Lender Liability
  • Cross-Examination
  • Risk Management
  • Malpractice Issues

He has presented to or on behalf of

  • The South Carolina Medical Association
  • The South Carolina Hospital Association
  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper Hospital
  • The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • The National Business Institute


Jay’s articles have been published in

  • South Carolina Law Review
  • The Professional Lawyer
  • For the Defense: The Magazine for Insurance and Corporate Counsel
  • The Federation of Regulatory Counsel Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation
  • The Defense Line
  • The South Carolina Dental Association

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
    • South Carolina Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Georgia, B.A., 1988
  • College of Charleston, M.P.A., 1993


  • Fellow in American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel  (”FDCC”)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates  (“ABOTA”)
    • Associate
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys
    • Executive Board
    • Past Chair Trial Academy
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the Toxic Tort Committee, past vice-chair
  • American Law Firm Association
    • Professional Liability Steering Committee
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Section on Business Law
  • South Carolina Health Care Association
  • Roper Hospital Board Member

Community Service (Past/Present)

  • American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team Heart Ball
  • South Carolina Maritime Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Low Country Children’s Museum, Board of Directors
  • Chamber of Commerce, Board of Economic Advisors
  • Communities in Schools, Board of Directors

Articles / case studies

  • Multi-Week Dockets: A Pilot Project by D. Jay Davis, Jr. And Christine K. Toporek

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