Chat with a Lawyer: Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. ON Personal Injury
Meet Commissioner Debra M. Davis
Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq., was raised inUpper Marlboro, Md.A lifelong resident of SouthernMaryland,Commissioner Davis has four generations of family residing in Charles County, dating back to the 1900’s.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree inCriminology from the University of Maryland in College Park and a Juris Doctorate from the University ofBaltimore’s School of Law. Commissioner Davis has practiced law for 20 years. She is a civil litigator who practices in her own firm, the Law Office of Debra M. Davis, in Upper Marlboro.
Commissioner Davis was first elected to the Charles County Board of Commissioners in 2010 and iscurrently serving her second term. Prior to her entry into politics, she was a leader for many years in government and civic organizations.
From 2012 to 2013, Commissioner Davis s at on the Board of Governors for the Maryland State Bar Association. She also served from 2011 to 2012, as the president of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, an organization of more than 1,200 lawyers and judges who live and/or practice law in Prince George’s County. She is the former president and current member of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association, Salome A. Howard Bar Association, and Zonta
Club of Charles County.
A consummate student of leadership, Commissioner Davis completed the University of Maryland’s Academy for Excellence in Local Governance professional development program inAugust 2012. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland, a 1999 Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Fellow, and served on the African American Leadership Summit for the U.S. Congress in 2004.
She has received numerous awards and commendations; in 2012 and 2014, Commissioner Davis was honored as one of Maryland’s TOP 100 Women by The Daily Record for her leadership, professional accomplishments, commitment to community service, and mentoring. Other accolades she has received include the NAACP Foot Soldiers Award for outstanding community service, the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Legal Excellence Award, and the President’s Award, to name a few.
Commissioner Davis is the County Commissioner representative on the Charles County Commuter Ferry Stakeholders Group; Charles County Department of Social Services Board; College of Southern Maryland Diversity Institute Advisory Council; Indian Head Joint Land Use Study Committee; Southern Maryland Economic Development Association; MarylandAssociation of Counties
(MACo), Minority County Officials Diversity Caucus; National Association of Black County Officials; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland as the vicechair; and Local Government Insurance Trust(LGIT), where she serves on the claims committee, on the finance committee and as secretary on the executive board.
Initiatives spearheaded by Commissioner Davis include: the Charles County intern program; the county’s civility code; the Western Charles County Business Roundtable; and the Charles
County 2020 Vision program, a comprehensive, long-term plan to address poverty in rural areas.
Commissioner Davis served formerly as the County Commissioner representative on the Charles County Economic Development Executive Board; Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity
& Intergroup Relations; Tourism Advisory Board; and the Unity in Our Community Diversity Forum Planning Committee.
Commissioner Davis and her husband, Christopher, reside currently in Rison with their daughters, Kendra and Maya.