About Zachary

Zachary Davis is an experienced construction and design attorney who advises clients in a broad spectrum of legal matters, with specific emphasis on resolving complex commercial disputes. Zachary employs a proactive approach in assisting clients in developing pre-litigation and litigation avoidance strategies. He has advocated on behalf of clients before a variety of adversarial tribunals including federal and state courts, arbitration panels and administrative bodies. Zachary’s clients have included corporations, business owners and entrepreneurs in the construction, real estate, technology, hospitality, telecommunications, financial services, and insurance industries.

As a member of Stoel Rives’ Construction and Design practice group, Zachary has significant experience drafting and negotiating project agreements. He also advises clients as issues arise during the course of a project and has successfully resolved disputes in multiple forums, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Zachary practiced in Pennsylvania where he was appointed as a Hearing Committee Member by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Working with the Homeless Advocacy Project, a legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal services to the homeless, Zachary has worked to provide the homeless with legal representation. Zachary also served as a mentor to a middle school student at an inner-city charter school in Philadelphia.

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  • Worked as part of a team of attorneys to obtain a substantial monetary settlement on behalf of a client in a federal civil rights action brought against local officials that conspired to prevent the client from developing its property as permitted under local zoning and land development ordinances.
  • Conducted key depositions on behalf of a land developer that led to the discovery of evidence that enabled the client to obtain relief from an appellate court in connection with its request to have its land development application considered under a prior zoning ordinance which permitted the client’s proposed development.
  • Negotiation of a settlement on behalf of an architect following litigation stemming from the dissolution of the architecture firm he founded.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal on behalf of an independent insurance adjuster in a bad faith action brought by a policyholder in connection with the policyholder’s claim for benefits following a fire that damaged the policyholder’s property.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a law firm and its attorneys in a complex legal malpractice action arising from the firm’s prior representation of its former client in connection with the client’s attempted sale of its land title business.
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Honors & Activities

  • Member of practice group nationally ranked by U.S. News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” 2010–2022
  • Member, Hearing Committee, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2010-2015
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Super Lawyers®, 2008, 2012, 2014-2019
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