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 in Best Law Firms®, 2010–2023
  • 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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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Regular contributor to Stoel Rives Ahead of Schedule blog
  • “Strategies for Getting Difficult Contracts to the Finish Line,” Daily Journal of Commerce, February 2024
  • “What Parties Ought To Consider When Considering Arbitration Provisions,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2023
  • “Limitation of Liability Clauses in Business Contracts: Limiting Potential Damages and Avoiding Pitfalls,” Strafford CLE webinar, January 2023
  • “Looking Back—and Forward—After Two Years of a Pandemic,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2022
  • “Law of Engineering Malpractice,” Managing Engineering Liability and Risk in Oregon, HalfMoon Education webinar, February 2022
  • “Pandemic Creates Cause to Rethink Overlooked Contract Provisions,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2021
  • “Can (or Should) my Project Continue During the Shutdown?” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2020
  • “The E-Paper Chase,” 24th Annual Oregon Construction Law, The Seminar Group, September 2019
  • “Five Reasons to Get the Contract Signed Before Construction Starts,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2019
  • “Reimagining the Dispute Resolution Provision in Construction and Design Contracts,” Daily Journal of Commerce, December 2018
  • The Automation Revolution,” Construction Today, May 2018
  • Oregon Supreme Court Rules That the Practice of Architecture Includes Development of Master Plans,” Stoel Rives Ahead of Schedule blog, October 2017
  • Important Lessons from Record-Setting Settlement in Building Collapse Case,” Stoel Rives Ahead of Schedule blog, May 2017
  • “Buyer Beware: Oregon Courts Will Enforce Anti-Assignment Provisions in Insurance Policies,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 2017
  • “On Guard: A Look at Subcontractor Default Insurance,” Daily Journal of Commerce, August 2016

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