Eliza T. Davis

Eliza Davis is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes practice group. She concentrates her practice on commercial and construction disputes, as well has products liability matters. Eliza is also a member of the firm’s Title IX and Higher Education teams.

What do you focus on?

Complex Commercial Litigation

My commercial litigation practice includes managing contract disputes and related litigation. I represent both local and international clients in a variety of industries, including construction and real estate development, life sciences, food and beverage, medical device, and higher education institutions. My work focuses on resolving breach of commercial contracts, construction and development disputes, as well as defending against products liability claims.

Higher Education & Sports Law

My experience includes investigating alleged sexual misconduct and general litigation on behalf of institutions of higher education. In addition, I represent NCAA member institutions and coaches in matters pending before the NCAA Committee of Infractions.

What do you see on the horizon?

This quickly changing landscape with an ever-growing remote workforce has only heightened the trend of companies dealing with an increase in data and therefore it is paramount for businesses to continually evaluate and improve their data maps and retention policies to streamline data preservation and collection to both ensure compliance with changing regulations and to effectively respond to litigation. We’re developing strategies for clients to proactively identify and mitigate risks in this area. In addition, Title IX compliance remains a subject of national concern and debate therefore educational institutions will face challenging issues as they adapt to an evolving landscape regarding the role of school disciplinary proceedings.

Representative Matters

  • Defended a $10 million plus differing site conditions claim brought by a foundation subcontractor.
  • Defended an EPC contractor, in an owner claim for $60 million after a six-week arbitration hearing, and awarded $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully upheld arbitration award on appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of 9-count complaint against a sports team for breach of contract and various fraud claims.


Eliza T. Davis



Phone: 312-977-4150

Fax: 844-558-3816

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude; Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

University of Michigan, B.A., honors and high distinction


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Sedona Conference Working Groups 1, 6, and 11
  • Sports Lawyer Association
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra Overture Council Member
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Advises pro se litigants on the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure at the Hibbler Help Desk.
  • Obtained the release of client who had been in prison for 25 years for a crime he did not commit.
  • Won two social security overpayment appeals for pro bono clients dismissing over $50,000 debt.
  • Successfully negotiated a settlement for a pro bono client bringing gender discrimination claims against a public school district.
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