Gary A. Davis is an environmental attorney with over 35 years of experience in environmental law, policy, and technology. He has practiced public interest environmental law for over 32 years, litigating complex environmental damages cases, citizen suits, and permit challenges. He founded an office of the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation in Tennessee in 1983 and began a private environmental law practice in 1987. He founded an environmental research center at the University of Tennessee in 1992, which he directed until 2002, called the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, focused on technologies and policies for sustainable development. He has also taught environmental law and policy as an adjunct professor in the UT College of Law and as a guest lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. Mr. Davis also has government experience and worked as an environmental policy analyst in the California Governor’s Office in the early 1980s, where he authored California’s ban on landfilling of hazardous waste. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an environmental engineer with an environmental consulting firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, which focused on pollution prevention in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He has been widely published and speaks nationally and internationally on environmental topics. Davis earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Bar Admissions:

  • California (1981)
  • Tennessee (1983)
  • North Carolina (1998)