Davis & Davis LLP

Davis & Davis LLP

Established in 1932, Davis & Davis, LLP is a law firm serving the legal needs of clients in the Southern California real estate community.

Firm Overview

During the course of its long history, the members of Davis & Davis, LLP have developed considerable expertise in the areas of California escrow and real estate law, including transactional matters, regulatory matters, and escrow related litigation. In recognition of the firm's leadership in the area of escrow law, firm member M. Stephen Davis served as a representative of the escrow industry on the California Department of Corporations Escrow Advisory Board, and firm member Matthew S. Davis was also appointed to serve during the 2008 to 2010 term.

Davis & Davis, LLP has represented several hundred escrow companies in their organization and applications for license from the Department of Corporations, and has provided and continues to provide its escrow clients with general counsel services, including day-to-day legal advice on all types of escrow and transactional matters in order to avoid litigation.

Main Office

Main Office
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 960
Los Angeles, CA 90067



Real Estate

Davis & Davis, LLP handles a wide variety of real estate matters, regularly representing escrow and title companies in real estate transactions and litigation matters.

The firm's expertise in the area of real estate law includes escrow, purchase and sales transactions, leases, deeds, loans, mortgages, promissory notes, foreclosures, easements, adverse possession, zoning, and boundary disputes. Additionally, firm member Matthew Davis brings to the firm's real estate practice his experience representing public and private clients in complex environmental litigation matters, including CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act), groundwater rights, and eminent domain litigation.

Matthew S. Davis

Davis & Davis LLP

Matthew S. Davis has been an attorney in California since 1999, and his principal practice is in the areas of escrow law, real property, and corporate and business litigation and transactions. Mr. Davis also serves as general counsel to numerous escrow companies throughout Southern California. He has extensive experience in representing public and private clients in complex matters, including environmental and labor and employment litigation.

Mr. Davis' transactional experience includes advising both public and private clients in environmental compliance, as well as the development of personnel rules and policies, including discipline and grievance procedures, the investigation of complaints and grievances, and drafting of employment agreements.

Mr. Davis is a member of the State Bar of California, and is particularly active in the Southern California legal community, including the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Davis has had an appointment as the attorney member of the Escrow Advisory Committee of the Department of Corporations and is a frequent lecturer on escrow law and risk management practices.

Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in anatomy in neurobiology from Colorado State University. Mr. Davis received his law degree from Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles, California.

As a law student, Mr. Davis completed an externship for the Honorable Rupert J. Groh, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California where he wrote numerous bench memorandums on subjects including: intellectual property, contracts, habeas corpus petitions, civil pre-trial discovery, and law and motion. Additionally, he completed an externship in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Northwest District, in the Law and Motion Department experiencing all aspects of law and motion and civil pre-trial discovery.

M. Stephen Davis

Davis & Davis LLP

M. Stephen Davis has been an attorney in California for over 38 years, focusing on escrow and real estate law in Southern California. During his career, Mr. Davis has prior appointments as the attorney member of the Escrow Advisory Committee of the California Department of Corporations, and his is currently legal advisor to the Escrow Institute of California, which includes attendance at monthly strategy sessions in connection with escrow industry and legislative developments.

Mr. Davis continues to handle legal matters, including administrative and licensing activities with the Department of Corporations and, as appropriate, with the Department of Insurance and Department of Real Estate. Mr. Davis also has a distinguished career in his trial work in escrow related actions, and frequently serves as an expert witness regarding escrow law, custom and practices.

Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA, and a law degree from the Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles, California.

John D. Wilson

Davis & Davis LLP

John D. Wilson has been an attorney in California since 1980, and focuses his practice in the areas of escrow litigation, real estate and real property, business law, and construction litigation. Mr. Wilson has successfully handled Davis & Davis, LLP's escrow cases that have proceeded to trial, including jury trials spanning greater than thirty days.

Mr. Wilson is currently an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Services, having received recognition for his handling of disputes between attorney and client. From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Wilson served as Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Small Claims Court; and he has also made appearances as a guest lecturer, delivering a speech on "Mock Trial for Escrow Offices" at the Escrow Institute of California in 1995 and on "Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Forcing Your Opponent to Show All the Cards Through Discovery," at the Beverly Hills Bar Association in 1998.

Mr. Wilson is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Business Law, Construction Law and Real Property Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the State Bar of California.

Mr. Wilson was admitted to the California Bar in 1980, and in 1981 was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in philosophy and economics. Mr. Wilson received his law degree from the University of West Los Angeles, graduating second in his class with honors.