Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis | Farrow-Gillespie & HeathTitle IX Litigation
Employment Litigation

Of Counsel

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Patricia Davis, Ph.D., is of counsel to Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP in the practice areas of Title IX law and employment litigation.  Dr. Davis represents students and others in all aspects of Title IX law, including internal complaint procedure and appeal, mediation and arbitration, and litigation.

Dr. Davis is a former university professor and administrator, positions from which she retired after more than twenty years’ service. She is an experienced Title IX investigator in both the litigation and higher education contexts.  Pat was formerly a litigation attorney with Jackson Walker LLP, and she served as law clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders (deceased), United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.

Pat holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. in counseling from Princeton Theological Seminary, and received her law degree from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Davis was chair of Southern Methodist University’s most recent (and successful) NCAA Gender Equity review.

Dr. Davis has served on many diverse non-profit boards including the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees, the SMU Human Rights Advisory Board, the Video Association of Dallas, the International Rescue Committee Dallas Advisory Board, the Planned Parenthood of North Texas Religious Advisory Board, the Embrey Family Foundation Board of Directors, the Grace Presbytery Board on Housing, and the Alliance for Human Dignity (founding member and chair).  She has consulted with numerous additional boards on issues of strategic planning and sexual harassment/abuse.

Dr. Davis has published two books relating to counseling and trauma with adolescents, and numerous articles on sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault as a weapon of war, and human trafficking. Her teaching and scholarship have won a number of national awards including a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship and a Lilly Foundation Fellowship along with awards from the United Methodist Church for her work with adolescent girls, and the Carey Maguire Center Ethics Award at SMU.

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Practice Areas

  • Title IX Law
  • Employment Litigation


  • J.D., Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

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