Business and Employment Attorney

Attorney Bryson Davis’ practice is focused on serving the legal needs of small to medium-sized businesses and non-profit clients.

Bryson assists clients with business formation, and often serves clients in the role as an external general counsel.  In this capacity, he regularly advises and represents clients in matters including: contact drafting, review, and negotiation; shareholder agreement development and dispute resolution; employment matters; regulatory compliance and regulation interpretation; and contract and commercial litigation. He also represents clients in professional licensure and other administrative matters, and with administrative investigations before the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries concerning employment matters (such as claims of discrimination, harassment, civil rights, and whistleblowing).

Bryson’s non-profit practice is devoted to assisting and advising non-profit boards concerning formation, governance, contracts, and operational matters. In addition to representing non-profit organizations, Bryson is also an active member and/or board member of several non-profit organizations, including organizations devoted to diversity and business development matters.

How I Serve Clients

I enjoy helping business clients solve legal problems and disputes – as effectively and efficiently as possible.  I also help businesses and non-profit organizations advance their objectives and missions through developing and negotiating solid contracts and establishing legal frameworks that will help minimize potential liability.  I particularly enjoy helping new business owners make their business dreams a reality.

Whether it’s an urgent employment matter or an important contract, I stand ready to serve clients on their schedules.  I take client matters to heart; if a matter is important to a client, it’s important to me.

  • Led a team of public relations professionals and attorneys in advising a nonprofit board of directors on how to navigate a large public relations issue, governance issues, employment issues, and government contract issues.
  • Negotiated a commercial lease for a local franchise to move into a new retail location.
  • Successfully advocated for the dismissal of BOLI investigations for civil rights and whistleblowing claims.
  • Successfully advocated for the admission of an attorney to the Oregon State Bar who had character and fitness concerns.
  • Represented a company during a shareholder dispute between two owners.
  • Represented an LLC Member in a dispute between owners of a local restaurant. Parties agreed on satisfactory buy-out terms.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Professional Recognition and Memberships

  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law
    • Student Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity
    • Participant in the Rural Alaska Tax Assistance Program
    • Member of the Black Law Students Association
  • B.A. (Philosophy), Reed College
  • Presenter, Opportunities for Law in Oregon Orientation, “Importance of Networking,” (August 2017)
  • Moderator/Organizer, Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division, “ONLD Writing Workshop” (June 2017)
  • Organizer, Portland City Club Business & Prosperity Forum, “How Businesses have Adjusted to Mandatory Requirements,” (February 2017)
  • Moderator/Organizer, Portland City Club Business & Prosperity Forum, “Women in Sports,” (April 2015)
  • Moderator/Organizer, Portland City Club Business & Prosperity Forum, “Benefit Companies,” (February 2015)
Bryson is very active in the community, particularly on issues of diversity, business development, education, and mentorship. His current activities include:
  • Chair of the Board of Directors for Ascent Funding
  • Co-Chair of the Hill Block Project Working Group to oversee the development of a vacant 1.7 acre block at North Russell Street and North Williams Avenue currently owned by Legacy Health
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Hatch Innovation
  • Member on the Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the Oregon State Bar and Former Chair of the OLIO Subcommittee
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Soul District Business Association
  • Coach for the Jefferson High School Mock Trial Team
  • Member of the Auxiliary Committee of the Oregon State Bar Diversity Action Council (2017)
  • Coach for the Reed Leadership Academy (2016, 2017)
  • Member of the 2017 Race for Justice Committee benefitting the St. Andrews Legal Clinic
  • Member and former Chair of the Business and Prosperity Forum of the Portland City Club (2014-2017)