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C. Lee Davis

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Candidate's Campaign Message

I am deeply committed to the concept that the State Bar of Georgia’s primary purpose is to serve the lawyers of this State. In that regard, I have personally tried to advance that goal by serving on the State Bar Finance Committee (2008-2010) and the State Bar Program Committee (2006-present). Through this service, I not only developed an understanding of how to better serve the interests of the lawyers of our State, but also an understanding of the financial operation of our Bar.

The two main issues facing the Bar are (1) protecting our finances; and (2) protecting the integrity of the profession. While our Bar is in stable financial condition, it is nonetheless feeling the strain of these difficult financial times. I have made it my goal to safeguard our solvency through the wise use and allocation of our Bar dues, and to minimize any increases in membership dues. My approach is to scrutinize new programs and increases in existing programs very carefully and then offer my support only to those expenditures that directly benefit members of our Bar. 

Of equal importance is the protection of the integrity of our profession.  We need a strong system of discipline for those practicing without a license or practicing in an unethical manner. I proudly served a 5-year term as a Trustee of the State Bar Client Security Fund, and I support continued efforts to harshly discipline those attorneys that prey on their own clients or fail to act in a professional manner towards their clients, courts, or other attorneys. 

Now, I seek the opportunity to continue to advance these goals as a member of Cobb County’s delegation to the Board of Governors. I ask you to support me in that effort.

Education:

  • Murray State University, B.A., History (1993)
  • Georgia State University College of Law, J.D. (1997)

Personal/Family:

  • I moved to Georgia in 1990, and I have lived in Cobb County ever since.
  • I am happily married to Jennifer Davis, and we have three beautiful daughters: Francesca, age 15; Isabella, age 14; and Maria, age 3.
  • In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, skiing, flying, golf, and music.

Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:

  • I have spent my entire professional career practicing in Marietta and Cobb County.
  • Since 1997, I have practiced primarily in the area of commercial litigation, representing the interests of Cobb County clients in courts throughout Georgia.
  • In February of 2006, I started my own firm, Bailey Davis, LLC, in Marietta.
  • I have been a member of the Cobb County Bar Association my entire career.
  • In addition, I have served on the State Bar Programs Committee from 2006 to the present.
  • From 2008-10, I served on the State Bar Finance Committee.
  • I also served as a Trustee of the State Bar Client Security Fund from 2006-10.
  • I am also proud to be honored as a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Honorary Commanders Class of 2013.

Main issues facing the State Bar/position:

  • The two main issues facing the Bar are (1) protecting our finances; and (2) protecting the integrity of the profession. While serving on the Finance and Programs Committees, it became apparent that we must safeguard our solvency as an association through the wise use and allocation of our Bar dues. My approach has been to first, scrutinizing new programs and increases in existing program very carefully, and then offer my support only to those programs that directly benefit members of the Bar. In these difficult financial times, it has been my position to minimize any increases in dues, but at the same time promote transparency as to how our dues are being used through indexing - assuring that each increase is tied to a specific program so our membership will always know where its money is being spent. I will continue that approach as a member of the Board of Governors.
  • Of equal importance is the protection of the integrity of our profession through a strong system of discipline of those practicing without a license, or practicing in an unethical manner. I support continued efforts to harshly discipline those attorneys that prey on their own clients, or fail to act in a professional manner towards their clients, courts, or other attorneys. Protecting the integrity of the profession internally is the best public relations we can have as a Bar association.