Ms. Davis has almost 40 years of experience in the representation of national, regional and local labor unions in all aspects of collective bargaining, litigation, mergers and affiliations, organizing, strategic planning and internal union governance. She currently serves as general or lead outside counsel to unions in the entertainment, sports, health care and public sector arenas. As Chair of Cohen, Weiss and Simon’s Management Committee, Ms. Davis has helped shape the firm’s culture and direction. She is expert in assisting clients with addressing complex strategic, structural and legal issues. Ms. Davis is a highly skilled negotiator who has committed her career to seeking economic justice for and empowering the unions she represents.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Ms. Davis was a clerk for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Davis is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a member and former chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act, and a former member of the Council of the American Arbitration Association. She serves on the AFL-CIO Lawyers Advisory Panel, the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance, and is an Advisory Board Member of both the Cornell University ILR School and the Center for Labor and Employment Law at NYU School of Law. Ms. Davis has been named repeatedly as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law, one of the Top Women Attorneys in the Metropolitan New York, and a New York Metro Super Lawyer. Ms. Davis was a 2013 Peggy Browning Fund Honoree.
Ms. Davis has written for and lectured extensively at bar association, attorney and union meetings on a wide variety of issues facing unions and their members.
Ms. Davis graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. She received a law degree with high honors from Rutgers University in 1981, winning the West Publishing Company’s annual jurisprudence award and leading the Rutgers moot court team to the American Bar Association’s national moot court finals.
I am proud to have spent the last four decades representing and fighting for unions in a broad range of industries. I look forward to continuing to use my expertise to empower and assist my clients with all their needs.
Awards and Recognition
- Named repeatedly as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law
- One of the Top Women Attorneys in the Metropolitan New York
- New York Metro Super Lawyer
- 2013 Peggy Browning Fund Honoree
- Won the West Publishing Company’s annual jurisprudence award
- Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- A member and former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Practice and Procedure under the National Labor Relations Act
- Former member of the Council of the American Arbitration Association
- AFL-CIO Lawyers Advisory Panel
- AFL-CIO Union Layers Alliance Board of Directors
- Cornell University ILR School Advisory Board
Ms. Davis recently represented her union clients as the lead or co-lead negotiator in negotiations with the New York Philharmonic, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and the Broadway League,.
Ms. Davis previously represented union clients in negotiations in the motion picture, television, health care, and transportation industries, as well as in public sector bargaining with the City of New York. Ms. Davis played a key role in the merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the merger of the United American Nurses and the California Nurses Association.
Off the Clock
In her free time
Ms. Davis enjoys hiking, biking, reading, cooking, and pickleball.