The award will be presented to Davis April 26 during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting Leadership in Action Luncheon Sponsored by CourtCall at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Davis is a partner with Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, a national litigation firm in Chicago. She practices insurance coverage, professional liability and construction litigation and represents and counsels insurers on a wide range of issues and policies including errors and omissions, directors and officers, employment practices liability and general liability. She represents lawyers, architects and engineers in litigated and arbitrated matters and provides design professionals with general corporate counseling on issues including contract drafting, insurance, fee disputes and employment. Davis successfully defended an architect in the second sick building syndrome case tried in the United States and has litigated claims involving Chicago landmarks such as the Amoco Building, 900 North Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Skyway and McCormick Place.
“Janet Davis has been an extremely active member in TIPS and has provided incredible leadership as Secretary and Chief Diversity Officer, a long time TIPS Officer and Council member, and has held many significant leadership positions in TIPS and the ABA. But what makes Janet stand out is her ability to balance her professional career as an exceptional insurance coverage attorney with the love and dedication to her son Chance and husband David. She is a warm, loving and charming professional, mom, wife and friend who exemplifies the attributes of Kirsten Christophe. I am thrilled to announce our friend, Janet Davis, as the 2013 Kirsten Christophe Memorial Award recipient,” said TIPS Chair, Dick Semerdjian of San Diego.
Davis is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics including insurance coverage, design professional liability and the role of counsel retained by insurers. She served on the editorial board of the CGL Reporter from 1996-2008.
Davis earned her J.D. in 1980 from the University of Michigan School of Law and her B.S.A. with high honors in 1977 from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to Practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court (Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, Central District of Illinois, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Eastern District of Wisconsin).
Davis has served on various positions for the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section including Secretary/Chief Diversity Officer 2008-2011; Section Council, 2005-2008; Task Force on Corporate Governance, Co-Chair, 2007-2010; Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Chair, 1997-1998; and Committee on Women and Minorities, Chair, 1995-1996. She is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, American Institute of Architects, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and Federal Bar Association.
Davis has received recognition for her work and a number of awards. She is Martindale & Hubbell – AV rated (highest rating for legal ability and ethics) and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.
The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.