Mark Davis

Justice Mark Davis NC Supreme Court

For NC Supreme Court Associate Justice - Seat 4

Appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper is just the latest chapter in Justice Davis' public service. He served as a judge on the Court of Appeals from 2012 - 2019. Justice Davis is active in his community, serving with organizations including the Rotary Club, the Wake County Jewish Federation, and the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program.

About Justice Mark David

Mark Allen Davis is a lifelong resident of North Carolina. He was born in Jacksonville to Leah and Bernard Davis and is the youngest of three children. In 1975, the family moved to Fayetteville. He graduated from E.E. Smith High School in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and served on the North Carolina Law Review.

Upon graduation from law school, Justice Davis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He then practiced law for almost two decades. From 1993 to 2006, he worked in the Raleigh office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice where he became a member of the firm in its Litigation Section. For the next five years, he served as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. As a practicing attorney, he litigated over two hundred cases in the state and federal courts. He also handled over 65 appeals, making numerous appearances in the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He also handled a number of pro bono cases in conjunction with the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program.

For approximately two years, Justice Davis served as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. In 2012, he was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Beverly Perdue. During his six years as an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals, he authored over 500 opinions. While serving on the Court of Appeals, he was accepted into the Master of Laws program in Judicial Studies at the Duke University School of Law and received his LL.M. degree in 2018.

Justice Davis has been active in professional and civic organizations. He has served on a number of committees of the North Carolina Bar Association and has lectured extensively throughout the state on appellate advocacy issues. He is a member of The Rotary Club of Raleigh, the Susie Sharp Inn of Court, and the Supreme Court Historical Society and has served as a coach of youth basketball and soccer. He is also a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Justice Davis lives in Raleigh with his wife, Marcia Schwartz Davis, and their three children, Jack, Ted, and Lea. He and his family are longtime members of Congregation Sha’arei Israel.