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Lisa E. Davis

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. It Never Has, And It Never Will.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1960
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand. It Never Has, And It Never Will.

Birthplace

Born:
2/6/1960
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Entertainment lawyer Lisa Ellen Davis was born on February 6, 1960 in Queens, New York. Her parents are Gwen Webb, a retired educator and Nat Davis, a jazz musician. She graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1977. In 1981, Davis received her B.A. degree from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1985.

Davis worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the United States Federal Court from 1985 to 1986. In 1986, she began working as an associate with the law firm of Kramer Levin. She joined Frankfurt Kurnit, Klein & Selz where she became a partner in 1995. Davis’ duties include negotiating financing, production and distribution agreements. Davis’ special expertise is in advising clients on exploiting potential markets. She has helped entertainment clients expand into complimentary business, including book and magazine publishing, concert promotion, music, celebrity endorsements and merchandising. Her clients include Spike Lee and Terry McMillan.

Davis often speaks on entertainment and legal ethics. She has presented at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference, the Copyright Society, the Internet Conference; and the National Bar Association Convention.

Davis has been quoted in Elle magazine, The New York Times and Black Enterprise magazine. She has been noted as one of America’s top black lawyers and one of the top 50 Power Brokers in entertainment by Black Enterprisemagazine.

Davis is a member of the New York City Bar, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and the National Bar Association.

Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 8, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lisa E. Davis describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lisa E. Davis describes her father's jazz musicianship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lisa E. Davis describes mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lisa E. Davis describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lisa E. Davis describes her stepfather, Arnold Webb
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lisa E. Davis describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lisa E. Davis describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lisa E. Davis remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lisa E. Davis describes her elementary school experiences in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lisa E. Davis describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lisa E. Davis recalls moving to New Rochelle, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lisa E. Davis describes her experiences at Albert Leonard Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lisa E. Davis remembers her childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lisa E. Davis describes her influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lisa E. Davis recalls her early aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lisa E. Davis remembers her high school guidance counselor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lisa E. Davis describes her experiences at New Rochelle High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lisa E. Davis remembers her prom date, David A. Paterson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lisa E. Davis recalls her admission to Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lisa E. Davis remembers living on the campus of Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lisa E. Davis describes her academic experiences at Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lisa E. Davis talks about Harvard University's black student population
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lisa E. Davis describes her professors at Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Lisa E. Davis remembers writing for The Harvard Crimson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Lisa E. Davis recalls receiving the Root-Tilden Scholarship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lisa E. Davis recalls her clerkship for Judge Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lisa E. Davis remembers her relationship with Constance Baker Motley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lisa E. Davis recalls working at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, LLP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lisa E. Davis describes her early career as an attorney
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lisa E. Davis recalls how she became an entertainment lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lisa E. Davis recalls representing filmmaker Spike Lee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lisa E. Davis recalls representing hip hop group Public Enemy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lisa E. Davis talks about acquiring her clients
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lisa E. Davis describes her experiences in politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lisa E. Davis remembers voting for the first time
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lisa E. Davis talks about branded entertainment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lisa E. Davis explains her role as an entertainment lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lisa E. Davis talks about her organizational involvement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lisa E. Davis talks about her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lisa E. Davis talks about her cooking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lisa E. Davis recalls her jobs during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lisa E. Davis describes her exercise regimen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lisa E. Davis talks about Theodore Wells and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lisa E. Davis shares her message to future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lisa E. Davis explains the importance of entertainment lawyers for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Lisa E. Davis describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Lisa E. Davis reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Lisa E. Davis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Lisa E. Davis shares her advice for young lawyers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Lisa E. Davis describes her plans for the future