Shook, Hardy & Bacon welcomes environmental and toxic tort litigator Jad T. Davis to the firm as Partner effective March 11, 2019. Davis, who primarily focuses his practice on representing companies conducting business in California, will assist Shook’s clients in a broad range of environmental regulatory, compliance and litigation matters as well as defending companies in toxic tort litigation. He represents a wide variety of industries and business sectors including manufacturers, developers, real estate property investors, designers and contractors.
“Jad knows substantive California environmental and toxic tort law, and he is an excellent trial lawyer,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “Having him on board allows us to offer clients even greater California depth and extensive knowledge in those areas.”
“Jad truly understands the landscape of environmental law and toxic tort matters and possesses a confidence in and out of the courtroom that clients respect and admire,” said Environmental & Toxic Tort Chairs Mark Anstoetter and Dave Erickson. “Now more than ever, clients need a strong advocate to navigate the complexities of ever-changing environmental laws and toxic tort standards. Jad’s experiences and background align very nicely with the types of complex, technical and heavy science environmental and toxic tort cases and matters that we handle.”
Davis has a particular focus on cost recovery in soil, soil vapor and groundwater, as well as toxic tort personal injury and property damage litigation. His regulatory experience includes the federal Clean Air Act, CERCLA, RCRA and California’s Prop. 65. He says he has long admired Shook for its winning trial reputation, and he is eager to jump right in and collaborate with the firm’s high-caliber litigation attorneys.
“There is a great deal of work to accomplish for clients doing business in California," Davis said. "For example, with the proposed changes to the vapor intrusion standards, industry leaders are facing numerous challenges including reopening previously closed sites and the cleanup of residual contamination. I’m excited to be on a team nationally known for its environmental and toxic tort litigation as we assess and manage these complex situations.”
Davis will practice from the firm’s Orange County office, which is already home to a team of highly experienced trial attorneys who defend companies facing issues with product liability, business litigation, consumer protection and employment matters. Davis earned an LL.M. from George Washington University Law School, his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.