Jim Davis, a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group, draws upon his extensive experience in the public sector to provide strategic legal, legislative and regulatory counsel to clients in Florida, the District of Columbia and across the country.

Mr. Davis served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007. He represented the City of Tampa and portions of St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Hillsborough County, Florida. In 2006, Mr. Davis was the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida.

While in Congress, Mr. Davis served on the Energy and Commerce Committee where he was focused on energy, telecommunications and electronic commerce, healthcare, the environment and consumer protection issues. In addition, Mr. Davis served on the Committee on International Relations and the Budget Committee, and was elected by his peers to be the president of the Democratic Freshman Class in 1997. Mr. Davis was also a leader of the U.S. House New Democratic Coalition, a group of centrist democrats, and served as their national co-chair.

Before entering Congress, Mr. Davis was a state representative in the Florida House of Representatives from 1988 to 1996, serving as the majority leader in 1995 and 1996.  He was also in private practice in Tampa as a commercial litigator for 14 years. While in law school, the Tampa native served as chairman of the Moot Court Team.

Resident in the District of Columbia office solely to provide law related services, and not engaged in the general practice of law unless under the supervision of lawyer licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.



  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
  • Gasparilla Music Festival, Advisory Board
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Tampa Inc., President
Honors & Awards
  • Top Lawyer, Government Relations Practice, Tampa Magazine, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Government Relations Practice, 2014-2020


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