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Derek Davis
Executive Director, Program on the Legal Profession

Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Wasserstein Hall, Suite 5018
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: + 1 (617) 496-6151
Fax: + 1 (617) 496-8489
E-mail: ddavis@law.harvard.edu


Derek Davis is the executive director of the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession (PLP). Prior to joining HLS, Derek worked as a business attorney for more than twenty-three years in a legal practice focused on corporate and public policy related matters involving privately held companies, public corporations, and non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. As executive director of PLP, Derek works collaboratively with a talented team of professionals, research fellows and faculty to examine the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession.

Prior to joining HLS, Derek was a shareholder in the Business/Public Finance Department at Greenberg Traurig LLP in Boston. Derek also practiced at the Boston law firms of Foley Hoag LLP, Goldstein & Manello LLP, Peabody & Arnold LLP, and Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. His legal experience covers a broad spectrum of corporate transactional matters including venture capital financings, private placements of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and public project finance. Derek also has extensive experience representing non-profit and tax-exempt institutions on matters relating to education law, public law and corporate governance.

Since 2005, Derek has been a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston University, where he has served on various committees including the athletics committee. Since 2009, Derek has served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge College, a private, non-profit institution dedicated to providing academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults.

As an active member of the Greater Boston community Derek has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum, the Corporation of the Perkins School for the Blind, the Corporation of Milton Hospital, and the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services.


JD, Boston University School of Law, 1989.
BA in History (magna cum laude), Boston University, 1986

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