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Jade Davis



Jade Davis is a Partner at Hall Booth Smith who focuses her practice on data privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and construction technology.

Jade provides strategic privacy and cyber-preparedness compliance advice and defends, counsels, and represents companies on privacy, global data security compliance, data breaches, and investigations. Jade advises companies on best practices in privacy, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data, mobile, cloud storage, Ad Tech privacy, Internet of Things, and other areas of regulatory compliance.

She leads companies in legal assessments of data security and provides counsel to companies on how best to implement strategies to lead with data and avoid pitfalls. She helps companies strategically think about data while being mindful of global data protection laws, such as the GDPR, UK GDPR, PIPEDA, PDPA, PIPL, LGPD, nFADP, DPDP, CCPA, HITECH, and HIPAA, to name a few.

Jade enjoys helping clients deal with crisis management issues to protect the brand and leads forensic investigations. Her data privacy/cyber security practice reaches into a variety of sectors such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Construction, Technology, Marketing, Agriculture, Retail, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Energy, Transportation, Logistics, Human Resources, Real Estate, and Insurance to provide litigation defense, advisory assistance, and contractual expertise regarding data privacy agreements, standard contracts clauses and addendums, vendor subcontracts, privacy policies, and cookie policies, among others.

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Jade also routinely drafts and negotiates master service agreements, software-as-a-service agreements, and other agreements in the technology industry. Her keen sense makes her an indispensable member of the Corporate team for data privacy and due diligence for business transactions.

In her construction experience, while she focuses on advising construction clients on technology related issues such as digital twins, robotics, artificial intelligence, and data privacy protections for all of these, she has immense experience defending construction stakeholders against defect claims, including engineers, architects, general contractors, and manufacturers. She also assists construction industry clients with their contracts, project negotiations, dispute avoidance, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to narrowing her niche to data privacy, cyber security, and construction, Jade practiced complex commercial litigation across a myriad of sectors. Representative matter examples include the following:

  • Obtaining defense dismissal for window and door manufacturer against developer on claims of strict product liability, negligence, and violations of building code.
  • Defense dismissal for telecommunications company against telecommunications service provider on breach of contract claims.
  • Denial of summary judgment for international luxury hotelier against defendant on claims of trespass and unlawful detention regarding riparian rights and submerged land.
  • Summary judgment on earnout provisions of merger agreement.
  • Defense dismissal for medical doctor on assault and emotional distress tort claims asserted by former employee in retaliation and sexual harassment lawsuit.
  • Systems with an emphasis on privacy compliance (HIPAA) and regulatory compliance.

Jade earned her Juris Doctor, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Florida State University.



State Courts:

  • Florida

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


  • J.D., with honors: Stetson University
  • B.A., summa cum laude: Florida State University



  • American Bar Association:
    • Privacy and Computer Crime Committee; Privacy, Security, & Emerging Technology Division for the Science and Technology Section
    • E-Privacy Law Committee; Privacy, Security, & Emerging Technology Division for the Science and Technology Section
    • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee; Privacy, Security, & Emerging Technology Division for the Science and Technology Section
    • Forum on Construction Law; D1: Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Steering Committee Member, Marketing Liaison
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  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Florida Bar
    • RPPTL, Construction Law Committee, Continuing Education Chair
    • RPPTL, Fellow, 2022-2024
    • Standing Committee on Cybersecurity and Privacy Law
  • Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association, Sarasota-Manatee Committee
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards Judge, 2020–Present
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Suncoast Chapter, Parliamentarian
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2022 Fellow
  • Legal Aid of Manasota, Volunteer
  • National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section
  • National Bar Association, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter
  • Sarasota Ballet, RELEVÉ Society Leadership Council
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Links Incorporated, Sarasota/Bradenton Chapter


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  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law; D1: Toolbox Talks Monthly Continuing Education Connect; Former & Founding Chair
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County, Former Street Law Instructor
  • Cheers for Charity Giving Circle, Former Circle Member, 2018-2020
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter
  • Florida Bar
    • Construction Law Committee, Former Southwest Florida Pro Bono Liaison
    • Construction Law Committee, Former Technology Chair
    • Multicultural Subcommittee for Statewide Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Former Vice-Chair
  • Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court, Former Barrister
  • Manatee American Inn of Court, 2018-2020, Former Member
  • Ringing College L.E.A.P. Mentorship Program, Former Mentor, 2019-2021
  • Sarasota County Bar Association:
    • Diversity & Inclusion Council, Former Member, 2019-2022
    • Young Lawyers Division, Former Director, 2020-2022
    • Civil Trial Section, Former Chair, 2020-2021, Vice Chair, 2019-2020
  • The Bridge Builders Esq. National Mentorship Program for Aspiring Black Lawyers, Former Mentor


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Best Lawyers®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
    • Construction Law, 2022-2024
    • Litigation – Construction, 2022-2024
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2024
  • Florida Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2020-2023
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  • Elite Top Attorneys, Commercial Litigation; SRQ Magazine; 2020-2021
  • National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40, 2021
  • Leadership Sarasota, Class of 2021
  • Young Professional of the Year Finalist, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
  • On the Rise . . .Women to Watch, KNOW Sarasota, 2020


  • Construction the Visual Case: Harnessing Technology for Persuasive Presentations
    ABA Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting; April 12, 2024
  • Building Cyber Resilience: A Guide for Subcontractors to Safeguard Your Project
    American Bar Association, 2024 Forum on Construction Law; Marc 20, 2024
  • AI Threats to Law Firms in 2024
    Broward County Bar Association & Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Legal Malpractice Symposium; February 2, 2024
  • Elderly & Disabled Waiver Case Management Education
    Georgia Health Care Association, 2024 Winter Convention & Expo; January 18, 2024
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  • Construction Law Foundations: Site Work and Foundations
    American Bar Association, 2023 Forum on Construction Law; November 3, 2023
  • Using AI in Your Business
    HBS Webinar; July 27, 2023
  • Cybervulnerability in Construction: Discussion of Issues, Prevention, and Guiding Clients
    Florida Bar RPPTL Construction Law Committee; May 8, 2023
  • Intersection of Mental Health and Impact on Diverse Attorneys
    The Florida Bar 2023 Diversity Symposium at Florida Bar Winter Meeting, January 2023
  • E-Discovery in Construction Disputes – Minimizing Costs and Maximizing Recovery for Your Client
    American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law; June 21, 2022
  • Analysis of the Potential Impacts on Discovery in Response to the Proposed Rule Changes from the Judicial Management Council Workgroup on Improved Resolution of Civil Cases
    The Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee; June 13, 2022
  • Cybersecurity, Insurance, and Legal Obligations
    Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association panel, April 2022
  • Mastering Rule 30(b)(6) and the New Confer-in-Good Faith Requirement
    American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law; June 16, 2021
  • Expert’s Guide to Discovery for Construction Delay Claims
    ABA Construction Law Forum, D1 Litigation & Dispute Resolution, April 2021
  • Bridging Bias and Inclusion with Cultural Competency
    Florida Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Panel for Florida Bar Members; April 26, 2021
  • Use and Importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Sarasota County & Manatee County Bar Associations’ Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Sarasota Civil Trial Judges; April 1, 2020
  • Ethics & Cybersecurity: Attorney Duty to Protect Client Data
    Manatee American Inn of Court, October 2019


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American Bar Association: Jade Davis on Collaborative Tech & Social Media for E-Discovery

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Sarasota Magazine: Jade Davis on Workplace Harassment

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West Palm Beach Attorney Danielle Dudai & Tampa Attorney Jade Davis Named to 2023 Florida Rising Stars

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