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D. Jay Davis, Jr.

D. Jay Davis, Jr.
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 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.


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

Litigation and Trial
Insurance Defense
Lender Liability
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


Memberships and Activities

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


Additional Biographical Information



Practice Groups


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