Stephen M. Davis

Stephen M. Davis

Stephen M. Davis

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 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 in 2008.

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.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, 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.

Areas of Practice


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.



J.D., 1979
Columbia Law School

(Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

B.A., 1976
Columbia College

(cum laude)

Mr. Davis also attended New York University Stern Graduate School of Business (Advanced Certificate Program – Finance, 1981-1983).



New York
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