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Steve Davis, a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department, is a member of the Technology Companies Group and the Life Sciences, Capital Markets, and Clean Tech Practices. He has extensive experience in several areas of corporate practice with a focus on venture capital, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate counseling. Mr. Davis is a key contributor to the Goodwin Procter Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. Mr. Davis also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School in Start-Up Law and is a Lecturer in Venture at the Columbia Business School. Mr. Davis joined Goodwin Procter in 2008.

Work for Clients

Mr. Davis has represented clients in transactions ranging from start-up financings to billion dollar plus transactions and has counseled companies in diverse industries such as software, Internet infrastructure, applications and services, telecommunications, wireless technologies, biotech, medical devices, energy and clean tech, manufacturing, investment management and investment banking. He has also represented issuers, investors and underwriters in numerous initial public offerings, secondary offerings, PIPEs offerings, spin-off transactions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Activities

Mr. Davis is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association (Committee on Securities Regulation). In addition, he acts as outside general counsel and board advisor to numerous public and private companies.

Thought Leadership

Mr. Davis is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry and legal conferences, and has written for and been quoted in various publications.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Davis was a shareholder in the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was co-chair of its corporate/venture law practice and chair of its New York business law practice.


Mr. Davis has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers.


• J.D., Columbia Law School, 1979 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
• B.A., Columbia College, 1976 (cum laude) Mr. Davis also attended New York University Stern Graduate School of Business (Advanced Certificate Program - Finance, 1981-1983).

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Davis is admitted to practice in New York.