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Pawnee A. Davis, Esq. (M.P.A., J.D.) Principal Attorney

I am the owner and attorney for Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm. I have a breadth of experience in law, federal government, policy, investigations, and well-established collaborative relationships, we can handle legal and consulting matters for large companies as well as smaller companies and individuals.

My firm’s focus is on entrepreneurs that need help in their personal and professional affairs, including staring up a business, maintaining a business, and should you need a divorce and need to protect your assets and your rights as a parent, I will handle that, too. I’ve been successful at getting 50/50 custody awards for clients and decision making with tie-breaking authority so that their assets were not drained by the other parent–note that this was justified by the circumstance, but your situation may require a different approach

For businesses that find themselves as the subject of a federal investigation or that have allegations of misconduct or Antitrust or Antibribery corruption launched against them I will put together a plan, investigate the allegations, and provide findings. I can help you avoid litigation and penalties and provide you with important information you will need to respond to the government. The firm also provides consulting tailored to lower the risk of litigation, as well as compliance assessments and compliance training.

For businesses that need our consulting services I will provide strategies that will help your business plan for the future, which is important for hiring, retention, succession planning, budgeting, and other areas significant to your business. Strategic planning is important for all businesses, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and all sizes of private companies.

My unique background includes law, policy, analytic investigations, and writing. Since 2008, I worked for various attorneys handling 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 the federal government, namely the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. GAO is a professional services organization that holds, the federal government and others who receive federal funding, accountable and 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 agencies’ systems, processes, and policies.

I gained extensive experience and reached a senior level at GAO, where I investigated emerging laws and programs of public interest, conducted analyses and audits, and provided advice on how agencies could optimize their programs through strategic planning, establishing frameworks with results-oriented approaches, and measuring results. These efforts involved holding meetings with the leadership of numerous federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies including well-known social media companies. In over a dozen reports and numerous closed meetings, I provided findings, my insights, and recommendations to congressional committees in Washington, DC.

With the understanding that not everyone has the resources to hire an attorney, I have provided my legal services through volunteer work since 2008. I continue to work with organizations such as the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer’s Service so that people who could not otherwise afford an attorney can receive the legal help that they need.

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: DC District Court

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.

Awards

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

 


Priya Royal, Esq., LL.M. (Affiliate Attorney)

Ms. Priya Prakash Royal, Esq., LL.M. is an attorney affiliated with Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm, PLLC. She collaborates and consults on some of our business law matters. Ms. Royal founded her own law firm, the Royal Law Firm, as a tax, trusts & estates, and business law firm after extensive experience representing clients in diverse areas of the law, including commercial transactions and litigation, corporate tax including mergers and acquisitions, trusts and estates, guardianship matters, and related areas.

 


Tiffani Nichole Johnson, JD, Billing Administrator

As Billing Administrator Tiffani Nichole Johnson contributes to the firm’s billing management, is a liaison between the firm and clients, and a support to the firm in various aspects. She adds sound judgment and excellent customer service to the firm. A graduate of St. John’s College High School she went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College, and her law degree from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

A 2nd generation Ward 4 resident of Washington, DC, Ms. Johnson  is currently the sole proprietor of Johnson Consulting Services, which provides various services to all types of businesses including the law firm. She is a traveling notary and disability rights advocate to the residents of Ward 4, and provides support services to law firms like Pawnee A. Davis Law Firm, PLLC. Ms. Johnson has also worked for legal advocacy agencies in the past, including Keith Watters and Associates and University Legal Services.

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