BOSTON (May 3, 2010) — Melissa Nott Davis, partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Boston office, was selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer for 2010 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Up & Coming Lawyers are those attorneys who have practiced for 10 years or less, and have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law. Ms. Davis was one of only 20 attorneys honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
“I am flattered to be named among such a talented group of 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers. It’s an exciting time to be practicing law and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with McDermott’s amazing clients and such outstanding pro bono partners,” said Ms. Davis.
The Up & Coming Lawyers award highlighted Ms. Davis’ passion for both business litigation and pro bono work. Ms. Davis told Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly that while she takes great pride in court victories, she also loves helping clients think about the best business results and how to reach those results through litigation. She noted that “[a settlement] can be an incredible win.”
In addition to her work as a business litigator, Ms. Davis co-chairs the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee in McDermott’s Boston office. One of the causes Ms. Davis is most passionate about is the effort to abolish life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders in Massachusetts. She spearheaded McDermott’s two year collaboration with the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts to review these sentences and serves as counsel for the Executive Committee leading this work. Citizens for Juvenile Justice awarded the Children’s Law Center and McDermott its 2008 Leadership Award for this partnership and the Massachusetts Bar Association awarded McDermott is 2009 Access to Justice Award based in part on this collaboration.
Ms. Davis told Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly that she grateful for the opportunity to work as both a litigator and a child advocate at McDermott, “I’m able to indulge in both passions,” she said.
Ms. Davis is also active in her community. She is vice president of the Board of Directors for Hostelling International’s Eastern New England Council. She also serves on the Human Rights Committee for three non-profit organizations providing supported employment opportunities for disabled individuals. Ms. Davis is a member of Northwestern University’s Leadership Circle Regional Council and active on the Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council. She is also a past member of The Baylor School’s Alumni Board, the Junior League of Boston and Massachusetts Department of Children and Family Services’ Foster Care Review Panel.
Click here to view the full Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly profile on Ms. Davis.