General Counsel

Michael A. Davis

Mr. Davis has served as the General Counsel of the School District of Philadelphia since July 6, 2010. He heads an office that is responsible for providing legal advice and representation for the School Reform Commission (SRC), School District officers and other employees. The General Counsel also is responsible for engaging, and managing the services of outside counsel retained on an as-needed basis, and serves as the Assistant Secretary of the SRC.

Mr. Davis brings to this position more than thirty years' experience across a broad spectrum of the profession, including service as Chief Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Education from 1980 through 1983, and as General Counsel and Vice President for Legal, Human Resources and Compliance for Wordsworth Academy from 2002 through 2009. With facilities in Philadelphia, Fort Washington and Harrisburg, Wordsworth provides behavioral health, child welfare, and special education services for children and adolescents.

The General Counsel also was an associate and later a partner at the Philadelphia law firm Blank Rome from 1977 to 1980 and from 1983 to 1988, specializing in management-labor relations and employment law and litigation. From 1988 through 2002 Davis held the positions of Senior Counsel, Employment Litigation and later Chief Counsel and Vice President for Legal, Government Affairs and Compliance for Intracorp, a subsidiary of CIGNA Corporation. For the past year, he has provided services on a volunteer basis to Nu-Juice Foundation, which offers consulting and program development services to schools, government, community-based organizations and non-profits to enable youth from underserved areas to compete in higher education and in the workplace.

Mr. Davis holds a B.A. from Haverford College and a J.D. from Harvard University Law School.