Pawnee A. Davis, Esq.

I am the owner and attorney for Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm. I am not only an award-winning attorney and have a breadth of experience in law, I also have extensive experience in assessing the health of businesses and agencies, policy analysis, and congressional consulting and investigations.


My firm’s focus is on entrepreneurs and corporate professionals that need help in their personal and professional affairs, including starting up a business and avoiding the risk of being sued by clients, customers, and co-owners. Should you need representation personally, for a personal injury accident or a divorce, and need to protect your rights, I will handle that, too.   Mothers are not the only ones that have child custody rights. Fathers do as well; I’ve been successful at getting 50/50 custody awards and decision making with tie-breaking authority so that their assets were not drained by the other parent (Note that this outcome was justified by the circumstance, but your situation may require a different approach and outcome).


For businesses that find themselves as the subject of an employment law matter, I will put together a plan, investigate the allegations, and provide findings. Small and medium sized businesses without a dedicated general counsel often do not know that they are vulnerable to liability. I help you avoid the risk of litigation and penalties from state and federal government.


For businesses that need our legal compliance, LLC compliance, or consulting services I will provide strategies that will help your business plan for the future, identify inefficiencies and where you might be ineffective. This as implications for hiring, retention, succession planning, budgeting, and other areas significant to your business. Strategic planning is important for all businesses to ensure that you stay in business. When I used my skills at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a leading professional services organization to assess businesses and their programs I helped save millions of dollars.

Since 2008, I worked for various attorneys to gain substantive experience. I handled custody, divorce, contract, and landlord-tenant matters. Prior to that I worked in various aspects of law: a private law firm handling criminal matters, a district attorney’s office, a county attorney’s office handling primarily civil matters, an alternative dispute resolution office, as well as legal services organizations in family law, municipal law, affordable housing, and economic development. Periodically, I work for other law firms on a contract basis and have greatly expanded my knowledge.


For 10 years I worked for GAO in Washington, DC. GAO holds, the federal government, and private companies that receive federal funding, accountable. It also evaluates whether programs are running effectively and efficiently. While at GAO I focused on issues of law and policy; evaluated how federal agencies complied with, implemented, and were affected by laws and policies; and made recommendations for improving systems, processes, and policies.

Educational Background

  • Juris Doctor Degree in Law, University of Pittsburgh
  • CALI Excellence Award for Legal Analysis and Legal Writing from University of Pittsburgh
  • Editor (2 years), Journal of Technology, Law, and Policy at University of Pittsburgh
  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, summa cum laude and With Distinction
  • Bachelors Degree in Government
  • State Bar Admissions:  District of Columbia and Maryland
  • Federal Bar Admissions: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Selected Memberships: District of Columbia Bar, Maryland Bar, Women’s Bar Association, Bar Association of District of Columbia, Montgomery County Bar Association, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Association of Black Women Attorneys, Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC.


  • Rising Star, SuperLawyers
  • Top 10 Attorney, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 100 Attorney, Black National Attorneys
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Avvo, Client Choice in Family Law
  • Avvo, Client Choice in Contract Law