Faculty & Research

Scott J. Davis

Adjunct Professor of Corporate Law

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Scott Davis holds the title of Adjunct Professor of Corporate Law. He is a partner at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He was formerly the firm’s U.S. head of mergers and acquisitions and a practice leader for the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice. His present role at Mayer Brown is primarily to do internal, non-client work, including supervising the training of a number of U.S. associates in corporate and securities matters.

Mr. Davis is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He was previously a member of the Chicago Police Board, which decides misconduct cases brought against Chicago police officers and selects candidates for Superintendent of Police when there is a vacancy in that office.

Mr. Davis grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended the Laboratory School. He received a B.A. from Yale in 1972 and a J.D. in 1976 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. He joined Mayer Brown in 1977 after serving as a law clerk for the Hon. Luther M. Swygert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
34301 Buyouts 2014 (Fall)

2015 - 2016 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
34303 Mergers and Acquisitions: Legal Perspectives 2015 (Fall)

"Protecting Target Directors Who Approved a Cash Merger When the Debt Incurred in the Merger Causes Target to Fail," INSIGHTS, Vol. 26, No. 1, 9-14, (2012) (co-author).

"Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Chancery Court in Airgas Case," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (December 4, 2010) (co-author).

"Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Poison Pill in Versata," Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (October 19, 2010) (co-author).

"Recent Delaware Cases Regarding Poison Pills,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (October 10, 2010) (co-author).

"Would Changes in the Rules for Director Selection and Liability Help Public Companies Gain Some of Private Equity’s Advantages?," 76 University of Chicago Law Review 83 (2009).

"Directors’ Monetary Liability for Actions or Omissions Not in Good Faith," published in the course materials for the 2009 Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute at Northwestern Law School (2009) (co-author).