Keith W. Davis

Keith W. Davis Attorney

Keith W. Davis

KEITH WARREN DAVIS
Davis & Ashton, P.A.
701 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 205
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
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Telephone: (561) 586-7116
Fax: (561) 586-9611
E-mail: keith@davisashtonlaw.com

Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
    • Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D. May 1992:  Top 16% of Class.
    • Journal: Articles Editor, William and Mary Journal of Environmental Law.
    • Activities: Institute of Bill of Rights Law. Environmental Law Society.  Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.  1990 Summer School of Law – London / Exeter, England.
  • University of South Florida
    • Tampa, Florida
    • B.A. Psychology, August 1989:  Top 15% of Class.
    • Honors: Graduated CUM LAUDE.  Dean’s List three years.
    • Sigma Chi Fraternity, Most Outstanding Florida Undergraduate, 1989.
    • Activities: Student Government.  Sigma Chi Fraternity.  Inter-Fraternity Council.

Professional Experience

  • Davis & Ashton, P.A. , July 2002 – Present
  • Formerly Corbett, White, Davis and Ashton, P.A.; Formerly Corbett, White and Davis, P.A.; Formerly Corbett and White, P.A.
  • Partner/Managing Shareholder.
  • Board Certified Specialist in City, County and Local Government Law.
    • Responsible for Law Firm business operations.
    • General Counsel for the Towns of Manalapan, Mangonia Park and Palm Beach Shores, the Village of Tequesta, and the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; responsible for attending Council/Commission meetings and handling all general government legal matters, ethics matters and other legal matters.
    • General Counsel for the Florida Green Finance Authority, a statewide special district established for the purpose of facilitating PACE financing.
    • Attorney for Village of Palm Springs Employee Grievance Board.
    • Hearing Officer for Town of Juno Beach and Martin County Zoning Relief Requests.
    • Special Counsel for Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Homestead, Miramar and Riviera Beach.
    • Code Enforcement Special Magistrate for the Cities of West Palm Beach and Pahokee, and the Town of Loxahatchee Groves.
  • Powers, McNalis, & Moody  February 2001 – July 2002
    • Handled the defense of persons and corporations in third party insurance liability cases in courts throughout the State of Florida. Responsible for major research and writing projects, preparing and drafting discovery documents, pleadings, client correspondence, and motions for summary judgment. Further, responsible for attending depositions of parties and non-party witnesses, motion calendar hearings, and evidentiary hearings on motions for summary judgment. Also handled first party insurance company representation, including examinations under oath of insureds in water, fire, and auto loss cases, and drafted and argued Petitions for Declaratory Relief on multiple issues of coverage and the duty to defend.
  • Office of the State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit    May 1995 – February 2001
    • Division Chief of the Circuit Court Juvenile Division. Responsibilities included overseeing all prosecutions in a juvenile trial division as well as filing felony and misdemeanor charges and prosecuting juvenile detention hearings. Also served in Circuit Court Felony Division. Responsibilities included prosecuting non-capital felony crimes. Also served in Appellate Division. Responsibilities included researching and drafting written responses to motions for post conviction relief and arguing motions in circuit court on issues including ineffective assistance of counsel and sentence legality. Also briefed and argued county court appeals in the circuit court. Also served in County Court Division. Responsibilities included prosecuting misdemeanor crimes such as domestic violence and DUI. Argued against numerous motions to suppress evidence. Additionally responsible for prosecuting arraignments and first appearances.
  • Office of the Public Defender, 19th Judicial Circuit    December 1992 – April 1995
    • Represented indigent criminal defendants in both county and circuit courts. Tried in excess of forty jury trials including misdemeanor and felony charges. Argued numerous motions including evidence suppression, bond reduction, charge dismissal, and sentence modification. Circuit court work also included representing defendants in juvenile court and Baker Act hearings. Drafted several briefs for appellate review on issues including evidence admissibility, evidence sufficiency, and restitution.

Courts

  • Admitted to Practice in all Florida State Courts.
  • Admitted to Practice in the United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.

Community Involvement/Pro Bono

  • Village of North Palm Beach Zoning Board of Adjustment  – November 2007-August 2015
    • Review and take final action on zoning code variance applications.
  • Bright Futures International Elementary School and Academy for International Studies Middle School
    • President of the Board of Directors for two Palm Beach County charter schools.  Responsible for business of school operations including major fund-raising, employment of staff, approval of budget, hiring of consultants, and review and approval of legal documents.
    • January 2001-April 2006
  • Florida League of Cities, Inc.
    • Speaker/Presenter at annual conference, August 2014.
    • Appointment to Legislative Committee for Urban Administration, 2016 – Present.
  • Florida Municipal Attorneys Association.
    • Speaker/Presenter at annual conference, July 2014 and July 2016.
  • Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc.
    • Volunteer as judge for annual High School Mock Trial State Finals, 2010 – Present.

Professional Memberships

  • Member in Good Standing of the Florida Bar since 1992
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Publication

  • The Role of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission in Regulating and Zoning the Water  Bodies of the Commonwealth, 16 William and Mary Journal of Environmental Law 81 (1992).