Mike Davis practices in the state and local government, litigation and appellate areas. He served as legislative assistant to a state senator, followed by long tenure in the St. Petersburg City Attorney’s office, culminating in serving as the City Attorney of St. Petersburg. He served in that position for almost 20 years prior to joining the firm. He has also served as Interim DeSoto County Attorney, City Attorney of the City of St. Pete Beach and the City of New Port Richey. Mr. Davis has extensive administrative, transactional, litigation and appellate experience, including but not limited to issues relating to sovereign immunity, Sunshine law, ethics law, public records law, eminent domain, workers’ compensation, and land use disputes, both at trial and appellate levels. He has had substantial involvement as a lead negotiator on behalf of local government in developing agreements related to community redevelopment initiatives, efforts to attract and obtain major league baseball, the financing, construction and leasing of Tropicana Field, and the reorganization of Tampa Bay Water in conjunction with resolving regional water-related disputes between the Southwest Water Management District and local governmental entities in the Tampa Bay region. Mr. Davis has contributed substantial efforts to the Florida League of Cities during his career, including service as amicus curiae counsel and the development of the Local Government Lawyer’s Desk Book. He has published in the Stetson Law Review and has been a frequent lecturer at Stetson University College of Law, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (of which he is a former President). Mr. Davis has been active in the Local Government Section of the Florida Bar which awarded him the Ralph A. Marsicano Award for significant contributions to the development of local government law in Florida. Mr. Davis was awarded the Lifetime Achievement by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association in 2014. Mr. Davis is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in City, County and Local Governmental law.
College: Stetson University – B.A., 1967
Law School: Stetson University- J.D., 1967
Other school or degree: The American University (Washington Semester Program), 1963-1964, University of South Florida – Executive Fellows Program, 1994-1995