Michael W. Davis

Michael Davis

Mike has been active in the Howard County legal community since 1982. He is a recognized leader in the complexities of estate planning and other issues of interest to the aging community. He works with our Estate Planning practice group to assist clients as they seek to address both their estate planning and their disability need in an innovative and education-focused manner.

Mike works with individuals, couples and families, and creates plans to leave legacies that reflect his clients’ wishes and values. He handles the complicated, but emotional issues that are inherent in Estate Planning, making his clients feel comfortable with the options that they include in their plans. He has successfully enabled thousands of clients to plan for the succession of their businesses, establish advance medical directives, establish wills and trusts, and create long-term care plans.

When estates are difficult, clients turn to Mike for his vast experience, knowledge, and concern. He has been acknowledged for his legal acumen as he has continuously earned the AV (highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell since 1996; named a Super Lawyer every year since 2011, and in 2019 Mike has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Maryland. Mike has also been recognized as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Councils. Mike was awarded the Leadership Howard County Legacy Award, the Leadership in Law by the Daily Record, and the James W. Rouse Award by the Community Foundation of Howard County.

Mike supports the future of our community by dedicating his talents to many area organizations including, Maryland State Bar Association's Estates & Trusts Section Council, and the Howard County Estate Planning Council.

Contact Information

Practice Groups

Areas of Focus

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J. D.       

Professional & Community Involvement (SELECTED)

  • Maryland State Bar Association, 1981 - Present
    • Estates & Trusts Section, Member 1990 - Present
      • Estates & Trusts Section Council, Member 2011 – Present
      • Elder Law Section, Member 1993 - Present
        • Elder Law Council, 1993 - 2007; Chair, 2000 - 2001                         
  • Howard County Bar Association, Member 1982 - Present
    • Board of Directors, Member 1996 - 1999
    • Estates & Trusts Section, Founder 1995
  • Gubernatorial Appointments
    • Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2016 - Present
    • Howard County Judicial Nominating Commission, Chair, 2003 - 2007
  • Government Commissions, etc.
    • Transition Team, Allan Kittleman Administration - Chair, 2014 - 2015
    • Task Force to Reorganize Departments of Citizen Services & Housing for the Kittleman Administration - Chair, 2015
    • Transition Team, Charles I. Ecker Administration – Chair, 1990 - 1991
    • Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Commission– Chair, 1991
    • Howard County Charter Review Commission – Member, 1995 - 1996
    • Howard County Regulations Review Task Force – Chair, 1996
    • Howard County Commission on Aging, 1995 - 2005; Chair, 2001 - 2004     
    • Howard County Senior Housing Master Plan Task Force, Member, 2004
    • Transition Team, Ken Ulman Administration, Member, 2006 - 2007
    • Howard County Charter Review Commission, Co-Chair, 2011 - 2012

Charitable Organizations (Selected)

  • Baltimore Regional Environmental and Economic Forum, 1992 - 1995 
  • Columbia Festival of the Arts
    • 40th Anniversary Advisory Committee, Member 2011 - 2012
  • The Community Foundation of Howard County, Board Member 1996 - 2009
    • Chair, 2005 - 2007
    • Chair, Leadership Council 2009 - 2016
  • Downtown Columbia Partnership Advisory Committee, Member 2015 - 2018
  • First Maryland Disability Trust – Founding Member, Board of Directors 2006 - 2015
    • Treasurer 2011 - 2013
    • Vice Chair 2013 - 2015
  • Howard Community College Educational Foundation, Member 2000 - 2011
    • Planned Giving Committee, Chair 2003 - 2005        
    • Strategic Planning Committee, Chair 2009 - 2011
    • Gala Committee, Member, 2013 Presidential Gala
  • Howard County Estate Planning Council
    • Board of Directors, Founding Member and Chair 2014 - 2017
  • Howard County General Hospital Foundation
    • Planned Giving Committee, Chair 2012 - 2013
  • Howard County General Hospital
    • Medical Ethics Committee, Member 2015 - 2017
    • Medical Review and Ethics Committee, Member 2010 - 2017
      • Vice-Chair 2012 - 2017
      • Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee 2013 - 2017
  • Howard County Economic Forum, 1988 - 1997
    • Chair 1991 - 1992
  • Leadership Maryland, Class of 2000

Honors

  • Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC}
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Listed with an AV rating (highest rating available since 1996)
  • Howard Community College, Honorary Degree, Associate in Arts in 2007
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Outstanding Achievement Award for 2008
  • The Bar Foundation of Howard County, Maryland, Award of Excellence – June 2009
  • The Columbia Foundation – James W. Rouse Award in 2009
  • Daily Record, Leadership In Law 2010
  • SmartCEO, 2010 – Maryland’s Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyer, 2011-2019 Top 100 2019
  • Legal Leaders, Washington D.C. and Baltimore's Top Rated Lawyers of 2015
    • Trusts and Estates
  • Leadership Howard County, Leadership Legacy Award 2012

Speaking Engagements/Lectures/Seminars/Publications (Selected).

  • MSBA Bar Journal, Carrots & Sticks, Uniform Power of Attorney Act, February 2008
  • Generations (2004 – 2011), monthly contributor for the column “Taking Charge”
  • The Business Monthly, occasional contributor on estate planning and community issues
  • MSBA Bar Journal, July 2005, Guardianship Alternatives
  • Maryland Continuing Legal Education Programs, over 30 presentations on estate planning, tax planning and elder law topics.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland