Stephen M. Davis

Stephen M. Davis

Stephen M. Davis
New York
+1 212 813 8804

Steve Davis, a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department, is a member of the Technology and Life Sciences group and Capital Markets practice. 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. Stephen is a key contributor to the Goodwin Founders Workbench, an on-line resource for start-ups, emerging companies, and the entrepreneurial community. Stephen 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.


Stephen has represented clients in transactions ranging from start-up financings to billion dollar plus transactions and has counseled companies in diverse industries, ranging from biotech, medical diagnostics and devices, enterprise software, and communications to energy and climate tech, and consumer products. 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

Stephen 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, Stephen 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.




Columbia Law School

(Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)


Columbia College

(cum laude)

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



  • New York

Recognition & Awards

Stephen has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for his work in Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice 2022-2023.

Stephen has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers.


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