J. Mason Davis
Davis opened his own practice in Birmingham in 1960, initially specializing in civil rights cases. He was one of 23 Black members of the Community Affairs Committee that was assembled in 1963 to address community issues in Birmingham. He took on fellow Talladega college alumnus Houston Brown in 1973, eventually making him a partner in the firm of Davis & Brown. After Brown went out on his own in 1981, Davis was recruited by Edward Friend Jr to join Sirote & Permutt as a litigator.
Davis has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law from 1972 to 1997. He served a one-year term as president of the Birmingham Bar Association in 1984–1985. He also chaired the board of trustees for Talladega College from 1981 to 1988 and served on the Alabama State Bar's Board of Bar Commissioners from 1987 to 1996. He was chair of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2000–2001 and chair of United Way of Central Alabama in 2002–2003.
Davis was a member of the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee and served as secretary of its board of directors from 1978 to 1997. Davis was given a Lifetime Achievement in Human and Civil Rights by the NAACP in 2013.
- J. Mason Davis at sirote.com