T. MICHAEL DAVIS earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Scandinavian Languages and German (summa cum laude) in June 1990 from the University of Minnesota, where he was also elected Phi Beta Kappa (1991). During undergraduate studies, in addition to studying at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden (1985-86), he was granted a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Mattersburg, Austria as well (1988-89). He later received a Masters degree in Public Administration in 1994 from Syracuse University's number-one ranked Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. At the same time, Mr. Davis earned his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in International Law from Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York. Mr. Davis is fluent in Swedish, speaks excellent German, and can read and understand spoken Danish and Norwegian.
Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Davis was an Associate Attorney, from 1999 to 2001, with Patterson, Thuente, Skaar and Christensen, P.A., a mid-sized intellectual property law firm located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from law school, from 1995 until 1999, Mr. Davis was a Law Clerk and then an Associate with the New Jersey/New York offices of Peri & Stewart, L.L.C., the American affiliate of the Oslo, Norway based law firm of Føyen & Co. Ans. Earlier he worked briefly as an intern and pro-bono research attorney for the International Red Cross' Institute Henry-Dunant in Geneva, Switzerland. He began his career as relates to law as a Page/Assistant with the Minnesota State Senate in 1991.
He has been affiliated with the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Austrian-American Chamber of Commerce, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Swedish Inventors Association (SUF), and the Civilekonomföreningen of New York City. Mr. Davis was a founding contributor to the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and, in 2009, he joined the list of authorized neutrals for mediation and arbitration of international commercial and intellectual property disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. He has previously served as a Representative to the Minnesota State Bar Association's General Assembly (2007-2008) and as Chairman of the Minnesota State Bar Association's International Business Law Section Council (2007-2008). Formerly he also served as Chairman (2007-2012) and Member of the Board of Directors (2002-2012) of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce – Minnesota (SACC-MN). Within the national organization he has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors (7/2007 - 9/2013) and Secretary (9/2011 - 9/2013) for the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce – USA (SACC-USA) based in Washington, D.C. From 2006-2008, he served on the Royal Norwegian Consulate General's Business Advisory Board in Minneapolis and is a long-time member of the Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce (NACC). Presently he serves as a Council Member with the International Business Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Nominated in 2013 to the Minnesota chapter of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, since late 2009 he has also acted as an independent, non-partisan advisor on European and Northern European issues to a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He further maintains contacts and occasionally consults on Northern European, Central European, and American matters with members and former members of congress, parliament, government, and foreign ministries in the United States, Scandinavia, and, at times, Europe and the Middle East.
Mr. Davis is admitted to practice law in New York, Minnesota, and New Jersey.
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