Stephen S. Davis

Counsel
  • BIOGRAPHY

Stephen Davis is counsel at Larson O'Brien LLP.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on complex eminent domain and real property disputes.  Mr. Davis has considerable experience litigating "Rails to Trails" takings claims and similar disputes arising from Fifth Amendment takings disputes, and related appeals before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Davis also practices election law and litigation related to redistricting, ballot challenges, recounts, and election challenges. 

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Larson O’Brien, Mr. Davis was an associate at a national law firm and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.  As an A.U.S.A., Mr. Davis litigated federal civil rights matters, claims involving the Federal Tort Claims Act, employment discrimination claims, and immigration claims, and assisted with criminal prosecutions, earning the Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Davis also served as the Missouri Election Day Operations Director for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, where he oversaw all election law-related issues in Missouri, and as the 62nd Chief Clerk and Administrator of the Missouri House of Representatives.  Mr. Davis clerked for Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and was a law clerk at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

In 2009, Mr. Davis received the St. Louis Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 award.  He is an adjunct professor at St. Louis University and teaches election law.  Mr. Davis serves on the Missouri Capitol Commission, is a past-chairman of the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Civic Education, and serves on the board of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in St. Louis. 

Mr. Davis earned his law degree from the University of Missouri, School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.  During law school, Mr. Davis was a member of the Missouri Law Review and the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. 

Representative Matters

  • Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 14-232 (2015), represented Arizona voters challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona state legislative redistricting plan, before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Brandt v. United States, No. 12-1173 (2014), represented amicus curiae, including the Cato Institute, before the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark matter involving the rights of property owners.
  • Kloeckner v. Solis, 639 F.3d 834 (8th Cir. 2011), successfully defended the U.S. government in an appeal related to CRSA/employment discrimination claims, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
  • Harlston v. Office of Personnel Management, 417 Fed. Appx. 596 (8th Cir. 2011), represented the government in an appeal related to improper claims for federal civil service retirement benefits.
  • Cano v. Geithner, 354 Fed. Appx. 283 (8th Cir. 2009), successfully handled appeal, securing an order affirming the district court’s order denying a federal employee's reverse discrimination claims.
  • Successfully handled multiple appeals of decisions by Board of Immigration Appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • EDUCATION

    Brigham Young University, BA
    University of Missouri, School of Law; Missouri Law Review; Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review

  • CLERKSHIPS

    Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • ADMISSIONS

    District of Columbia
    Missouri
    Supreme Court of the United States
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Missouri
    Court of Federal Claims