Todd S. Davis is President of Hemisphere Corporation, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, a company that acquires, redevelops, and consults on environmentally distressed real estate. He received his bachelor¿s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, with distinction, and his law degree from The George Washington University, with honors. Mr. Davis also was formerly a partner in Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP and was the co-chair of the firm¿s Environmental Practice Group. He currently practices law in his own firm located in Cleveland.
Mr. Davis focuses his practice on all aspects of redeveloping contaminated property and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. In this role, Mr. Davis has provided strategic advice in hundreds of transactions, including a number of the nation¿s largest and most sophisticated brownfield redevelopments. These transactions typically have involved participating in relevant state voluntary cleanup programs, coordinating applicable financing alternatives, negotiating public incentives, and the manuscripting and placement of pertinent environmental insurance products.
Mr. Davis has been widely published in treatises, periodicals, and newspapers. He is a contributing author to Turning Brownfields into Greenbacks (1998), a book published by the Urban Land Institute highlighting successful brownfields redevelopment strategies. Mr. Davis authored a chapter on brownfields redevelopment in Environmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions (3rd ed. ABA 2004). He is also an author of The Underground Storage Tank Manual (1st ed. 1994), a comprehensive publication on Ohio underground storage tank law.
Mr. Davis has been a featured speaker in numerous national forums on various environmental topics associated with redeveloping contaminated real estate. Recent presentations included the opening ceremonies at HazWaste World Superfund XVIII (December 1997, Washington, D.C.), where he was selected to participate on a panel with U.S. EPA Administrator Carol Browner and U.S. House of Representatives Environmental Committee Chairman Michael Oxley.
Mr. Davis is a vice chair of the ABA¿s Brownfields Task Force. He also is a vice chair of the ABA¿s Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee. Mr. Davis was appointed the ABA¿s Subcommittee Chair for planning U.S. EPA¿s Brownfields ¿98 Summit in Los Angeles, California. On a local level, he participated in the Rulemaking Committee for Ohio¿s Voluntary Action Program and is a member of the Ohio Brownfields Finance Partnership.