Charles Y. Davis
Brown, Hay and Stephens LLP
Business transactions & litigation; energy law
40 Under Class – 2018

Chuck Davis has earned a reputation as a zealous defender of his clients, a student of the law and a savvy litigator. He's also earned the loyalty of a growing roster of clients, those who appreciate the tireless work he puts in for them.

It's this combination of skill and work ethic that has helped Davis build a thriving legal career.

During his career, Davis has represented businesses and associations primarily on corporate, commercial and energy matters. This includes representing entrepreneurs, public utilities, pharmaceutical companies, risk pools, government entities and distribution companies.

Davis has also assisted clients on stock and asset sales, acquisitions, mergers, commercial loans, workouts and low-income housing tax credit transactions.

Jonathan Nessler, with the law offices of Frederick W. Nessler & Associates, has seen Davis' work up close. Davis defended a lawsuit that Nessler filed against one of his clients. Nessler said that Davis provided an aggressive, skillful defense of his client.

"He showed himself to be a highly capable attorney," Nessler said. "Above all, he was honest and dependable. I have known Mr. Davis for more than seven years, and know him to be an excellent attorney."

Nessler isn't alone in this assessment. Davis today ranks as a highly respected attorney in the state and in his local market.

This reputation has only been enhanced by the many victories he's achieved for his clients and the major cases he's taken on. Davis has litigated cases throughout the state, including one in front of the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of the Illinois Farm Bureau related to a multi-state electric transmission project.

According to Farm Bureau Senior Counsel Laura Harmon, it was Davis who came up with the argument relied upon by the Illinois Supreme Court when it ruled in favor of the Farm Bureau in this multi-party litigation.

And while Davis shines when arguing on behalf of his clients, he has also excelled at helping run a successful business, having served for five years on his firm’s management committee. Nessler said that Davis has "an exceptional understanding of how to run a law firm so that the firm is best able to service its clients."

When not helping run his firm, or advocating for his clients, Davis finds time to serve his community. He is a past member of the ISBA Board of Governors, is a member of Young Philanthropists,and sits on the board of the District 186 School Foundation. He is also alegal advisor to Innovate Springfield, a social innovation and business incubator in the city.