Mark Davis is a lifelong resident of North Carolina, He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill and obtained his law degree from the UNC School of Law.
Upon graduation from law school, Justice Davis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Franklin T. Dupree, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He then practiced law for almost two decades. As a practicing attorney, he litigated over two hundred cases in the state and federal courts.
Justice Davis served as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. In 2012, he was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Beverly Perdue. During his six years as an Associate Judge on the Court of Appeals, he authored over 500 opinions. While serving on the Court of Appeals, he was accepted into the Master of Laws program in Judicial Studies at the Duke University School of Law and received his LL.M. degree in 2018. In 2019 he published the book, “A Warren Court of Our Own, The Exum Court and the Expansion of Individual Rights in North Carolina,” a scholarly work about the North Carolina Supreme Court under the leadership of then Chief Justice James G. Exum.
Justice Davis lives in Raleigh with his wife, Marcia Schwartz Davis, and their three children, Jack, Ted, and Lea. He and his family are longtime members of Congregation Sha’arei Israel.