Paul Davis has been a construction lawyer for over 35 years. He represents public owners, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. He advises clients in a broad range of their construction industry needs, including contract drafting and negotiation, occupational licensing, risk management, and the mediation, litigation, and arbitration of claims. Mr. Davis regularly drafts EPC agreements and energy service agreements, particularly for the solar energy industry. He is a former Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section.

Mr. Davis is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles covering a wide variety of construction law topics. Mr. Davis has an AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubble and has been selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” and North Carolina “Super Lawyers.”

Court Admissions

  • State of North Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2002


  • B.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 1984


  • Managing Attorney, Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, 2012-Present
  • Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, 1999-Present
  • National Institute of Construction Law, Inc., 1986-1999

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Chair, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section, 2002-2003
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, 1999-Present
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association Technology Advisory Committee, 2014-2017
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association Future of Law Committee, 2017-Present
  • Member, Construction Financial Management Association, Triangle Chapter
  • Member, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association


  • Martindale-Hubbell (“AV”) Peer Review Rated
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Construction Law
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Litigation
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation
  • Top 100 North Carolina Lawyers, Charlotte Magazine


  • Editor and co-author, NORTH CAROLINA CONSTRUCTION LAW TREATISE, Thomson Reuters, 2023-2024 ed. (View PDF) (Purchase)
  • Co-author (North Carolina Chapter), FIFTY STATE CONSTRUCTION LIEN AND BOND LAW, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2024 ed. 
  • Co-author, THE 2017 A201 DESKBOOK, Chapter 4, Architects, ABA Book Publishing, 2017  
  • Co-author, THE ANNOTATED CONSTRUCTION LAW GLOSSARY, ABA Book Publishing, 2010 (View PDF)
  • Co-author (Case Law Summaries Chapter), NORTH CAROLINA CONSTRUCTION LAW DESKBOOK, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 8th ed. 2021
  • Co-author, “Fifty-State Survey of Anti-Indemnity Statutes and Related Case Law,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2003 
  • Co-author (North Carolina Chapter), STATE PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION LAW SOURCE BOOK, CCH, Inc., 2002
  • Co-author, Construction and Design Law Digest, The Michie Co., 1984-1997
  • Co-author (North Carolina Chapter), FIFTY STATE PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING, Wiley Law Publications, 1996
  • Co-author, “Contractor/Subcontractor Prompt Pay Acts – Public and Private Projects,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1996
  • Author, “Comparison of Construction Management Systems and Related Documents,” Construction Law Adviser, October 1995
  • Author, “Pricing Equitable Adjustments Under Variation in Estimated Quantity Clauses,” Construction Law Adviser, November 1993
  • Author, “Pass-Through Claims – A Survey of the Severin Doctrine Progeny as Applied to Nonfederal Projects,” Construction Law Adviser, October 1993
  • Co-author, “The Americans With Disabilities Act and the Construction Process,” Construction Law Adviser, December 1992 and January 1993
  • Author, “Use of Standby Letters of Credit in Lieu of Performance Bonds,” Construction Law Adviser, December 1991
  • Co-author, CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN LAW (5 volume treatise), The Michie Co., 1998
  • Author, “Bid Security: Forfeiture, Coverage and Recovery,” Construction Law Adviser, January 1988
  • Co-author, “North Carolina Construction Law Survey II,” 22 Wake Forest Law Review 481, 1987

Community Activities & Public Service

  • Member, Wake County Energy Advisory Commission, 2007-Present