Lee Davis has been representing people in court since 1986. From federal court criminal defense to DUI's in Chattanooga, Mr. Davis has successfully represented clients at trial and in appellate courts throughout the country. He regularly tries cases before Tennessee state and federal court juries. Lee Davis has represented clients in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Cadiz, Spain. Representative cases have included such varied subjects as federal fraud and white-collar cases to innovative homicide cases.
Lee Davis was the first attorney in the United States to introduce mitochondrial DNA as evidence in State v. Ware. Lee Davis has tried about two-hundred jury trials. He has been lead counsel in six death penalty cases.
Here are a few examples of the complexity of his practice. 1. In
State v. Blair, Lee Davis successfully defended a woman wrongfully accused and facing the death penalty for triple murder. After a jury trial she was found not guilty.
2. Last year he represented a man who was wrongly accused in the disappearance of his wife. Many in the community, law enforcement and the media sought to portray our client as a murderer. With patience and an independent investigation our client was exonerated and never charged. The case was a tragic accident and our work helped defend an innocent man.
3. Lee Davis and our team of lawyers and investigators helped defend another man charged in a public and false allegation of sexual assault upon a child. Media outlets and the police assured the public of a conviction. Thanks to the hard work from our office the case was dismissed after the grand jury refused to indict. Our client, an innocent man, is now putting his life back together after the media tore it apart on a false accusation.
Lee Davis has also represented hundreds of clients in court with charges that range from Tennessee DUI cases to first degree murder. As an Assistant District Attorney (1994-1998), Lee Davis prosecuted serious felony cases including cold case homicide investigations and more than twenty first degree murder cases. Lee Davis has also served as Special Prosecutor and Special Judge in criminal proceedings in Tennessee (1998-2014).
In civil actions Lee Davis has successfully represented clients at trial winning cases before juries, and in mediation. Cases include: age discrimination, retaliatory discharge, negligence, accidents, child injury, real estate, and civil rights cases.
Hamilton County Herald article about Lee Davis.
Professional and Teaching Experience:
Lee Davis teaches Criminal and Constitutional Law at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and previously taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at the
University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville.
Lee Davis is recognized as a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, NACDL. He has published articles on DNA technology and the death penalty.
Lee Davis has lectured nationally as an instructor with the American Prosecutors Research Institute, Washington DC, APRI.
Lee Davis received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1986, a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from
Elizabethtown College, PA and has attended the
National Criminal Defense College, Mercer Law School, GA 1991.
Lee Davis teaches continuing legal education courses for attorneys and paralegals, from white collar federal criminal defense to emerging issues in Tennessee DUI law.
Chattanooga Bar Association, Board of Governors, President's Award 2014
Tennessee Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, Executive Council
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
American Inns of Court, Master
Chattanooga Bar Foundation, Fellow
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section