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Kearns Davis

President-Elect, 2015-2016




Kearns Davis is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. His election was confirmed by acclamation at the 117th Annual Meeting in Asheville. 

Davis is a partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP in Greensboro. He previously served as chair of the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division from 2004-05, as chair of its Criminal Justice Section from 2007-08, and as a member of the NCBA Board of Governors from 2011-14. He was the first recipient of the Young Lawyers Division’s Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award. 

Davis joined Brooks Pierce in 1996 after serving as a law clerk to the late Sam J. Ervin III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and became a partner in the firm in 2002.

Davis left Brooks Pierce in 2003 to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. In 2007 Davis returned to Brooks Pierce, where he launched its white-collar criminal defense practice group and maintained his involvement in the NCBA.

Davis is a 1991 graduate of Davidson College and received a master’s degree from Duke University in 1994. He graduated with honors in 1995 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the law review. 

Davis will be sworn in as the 122nd president of the NCBA on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the 118th Annual Meeting in Charlotte.


  • University of North Carolina, J.D., 1995
  • Duke University, M.A., 1994
  • Davidson College, B.A., 1991


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