Todd S. Davis
Chief Executive Officer
Todd S. Davis is Hemisphere's Chief Executive Officer, and is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading brownfield redevelopment experts and environmental lawyers. Mr. Davis focuses his work on all aspects of redeveloping contaminated property and the environmental aspects of real estate transactions. In this role, Mr. Davis has actively acquired numerous sites for Hemisphere's portfolio and 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.
Projects Mr. Davis has lead have been the subject of business case studies by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He has lectured at The Kellogg School of Management during 2014 and 2015. He also has served as a strategic consultant to a major university, significant public and private companies, as well as a number of government entities regarding brownfield redevelopment issues. In connection with his redevelopment work over the past two decades, Mr. Davis was featured in a U.S. EPA film commemorating brownfield redevelopment achievements for Brownfields 2015, U.S. EPA's 20th Anniversary National Brownfield Conference.
Mr. Davis has been widely published in treatises, periodicals and newspapers. He is the principal author of an extensive 1,100-page treatise on redeveloping brownfield sites nationally, entitled Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide to Redeveloping Contaminated Property (3rd Ed. 2010), published by the American Bar Association (ABA). This treatise has been one of the most successful books published by the ABA's Environmental Section. Mr. Davis served on the editorial board of Brownfield News, the brownfield industry's leading business publication and wrote a regular column for Brownfield News featuring practical advice on brownfield development transactions called "Ask the Expert." 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 multiple editions of Environmental Aspects of Real Estate and Commercial Transactions (4th Ed. ABA 2011). Mr. Davis authored a chapter in two editions of Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites, a book published by the American Bar Association (1st Ed. 2003). He also is an author of The Underground Storage Tank Manual (1st Ed. 1994), a comprehensive publication on Ohio underground storage tank law.
Based on his scholarly works and practical experience, Mr. Davis has been a featured speaker at numerous national forums on brownfield redevelopment including multiple U.S. EPA National Brownfield Conferences, national conferences of the American Bar Association's Environmental Section, various ULI Redevelopment and Reuse Council Meetings and The White House Conference on Sustainable Development. He has testified before Congress on brownfield legislation and at various U.S. EPA working groups on brownfield issues. Mr. Davis served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Brownfield Association, the industry's principal trade organization. He also served on the editorial board of Brownfield News, the industry's leading publication, where he was featured in a regular column entitled "Ask The Expert," and is on the Editorial Board of "Brownfield Renewal," where he is a regular featured columnist. In 2013, Mr. Davis was selected by the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources to serve as the key point of contact for any media inquiries involving brownfields.
Mr. Davis has been a featured speaker in numerous national forums on various environmental topics associated with redeveloping contaminated real estate. These presentations include the plenary session of U.S. EPA's national brownfields conference, Brownfields 2001, and the opening ceremonies at HazWaste World SuperFund XVIII (December 1997, Washington, DC), 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. Other speaking engagements include: the 2015 ABA Fall Environmental Lawyers Conference (Chicago, IL), the 2013 ABA Fall Environmental Lawyers Conference (Washington, DC), various Urban Land Institute Redevelopment and Reuse Council Meetings, and numerous U.S. EPA national brownfield conferences, including Brownfields 2015 (Chicago, IL), Brownfields 2011 (Philadelphia, PA), Brownfields 2009 (New Orleans, LA), Brownfields 2008 (Detroit, MI), Brownfields 2005 (Denver, CO), Brownfields 2003 (Portland, OR), Brownfields 2002 (Charlotte, NC), Brownfields 1999 (Dallas, TX), Brownfields 1998 (Los Angeles, CA), and Brownfields 1997 (Kansas City, KS); The National Brownfield Associations Big Deal Conference 2007 (Chicago, IL), The U.S. Economic Development Administration 2003 National Conference (May 2003, Washington, D.C.); The RTM Communications Contaminated Property Transactions Conference (April 2005, Washington, D.C.); The White House Conference on Sustainable Development (June 2000, Columbus, OH); The 2000 ABA SONREEL Fall Meeting (October 2000, New Orleans, LA); The 1998 ABA SONREEL Annual Meeting (March 1998, Keystone, CO); The U.S. Federal Reserve's 1997 Annual Community Reinvestment Forum - Sustainable Community Development (October 1997, Dublin, OH); The 1997 Ohio Governors Brownfield Redevelopment Conference (October 1997, Columbus, OH); The 1997 ABA Annual Convention (August 1997, San Francisco, CA); and The 1996 National Governors Association Conference (August 1996, Cleveland, OH). He also has been a featured speaker on the ABA's Satellite Seminar, Brownfields Transactions: Making the Deals Work (March 1997, Washington, DC, broadcast via satellite to over 80 locations) and appeared on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" (August 1997).
Mr. Davis was a member of the Urban Land Institute's Environmental Committee. He also was a Vice Chairman of the ABA's Brownfields Task Force and a Vice Chairman of the ABA's Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee. On a local level, he participated in the initial Rulemaking Committee for Ohio's Voluntary Action Program, as well as the Five-Year Rule Review Committee, and was a member of the Ohio Brownfields Finance Partnership. Mr. Davis also served on the Leadership Board of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's Children's Hospital. He received his bachelor of 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 Co-Chairman of the firm's Environmental Practice Group.