Clarence Davis - Griffin Davis

Clarence Davis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 803-744-0800

Clarence Davis focuses his practice on complex business litigation, products liability, toxic torts and class action trial defense with an emphasis on defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in products liability matters across the country.

Clarence is experienced in serving as lead counsel in complex business trials and complex litigation for national companies throughout the Southeast and elsewhere in the United States. Clarence has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

From 1989 to 1991, Clarence Davis served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he was responsible for the jury trials of securities, tax and federal procurement fraud cases, as well as environmental crime work for South Carolina. There, he was trained by the U.S. Department of Justice to work with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has administrative, civil, criminal litigation and jury trial experience with complex business crimes.

Clarence has served as a delegate for South Carolina on a southeastern trade mission to Japan and Korea. He has also been awarded the highest public service award issued in the state of South Carolina, the Order of the Palmetto.

In the 1980s, Clarence was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. In that role he was one of the 20 Circuit Trial Counsel stationed throughout the world and was responsible for the jury trial prosecution of serious felonies at air bases in eight western states.

University of South CarolinaBA 1979University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1982
U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial ConferenceThe Palmetto Institute National Bar AssociationDefense Research InstituteAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesAmerican Bar AssociationU.S. Magistrate Judge Selection Panel (South Carolina)Woodward Academy (Atlanta), Board of GovernorsUniversity of South Carolina Alumni Association, Board of GovernorsCentral Carolina Community Foundation, Board of Directors

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Areas of Concentration
  • Class action trial defense
  • Complex business litigation
  • Pharmaceutical and medical devices
  • Product liability
  • Toxic torts
Significant Representations
  • Acted as co-lead trial counsel in two Tennessee class actions.°
  • Acted as lead counsel and obtained dismissals in two South Carolina class actions, one which he represented a Fortune 500 chemical company in a toxic tort matter.°
  • Acted as lead trial counsel and obtained defense verdict in a Virginia class action federal court trial.°
  • Represented small businesses in the Southeast in a plaintiff class action in which a multimillion-dollar settlement was obtained following the class certification hearing on fraud and the RICO Act.°
  • Served as one of the national coordinating counsel for two Fortune 150 corporations; drug and medical device litigation on a specific product; and national coordinating counsel for the document collection, review and database creation and management for another product.°

Office Location

1116 Blanding Street
P.O. Box 999
Columbia, SC 29202
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants