Davis Poisson was featured in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice “Member Spotlight” today. Here are some excerpts from the article:
What area of law do you practice and what attracted you to that area of law?
I practice primarily personal injury law and various areas of consumer law. I started a consumer practice at my family’s firm because there was a large need for someone that could offer legal assistance to the consumers of Anson County whether it is in the form of landlord/ tenant law; mortgage relief; used car fraud; or unfair debt collection practices. Each of these areas of law offers different challenges and I enjoy the complexities of litigating personal injury and consumer cases.
What career accomplishments are you most proud of?
I have only been practicing about two and a half years. One of my proudest accomplishments would have to be my first summary judgment hearing in a pro-bono case involving a mobile home repossession. My client was in the process of applying for social security disability because of a heart condition. He was unable to work and was living off a meager pension from a company that closed after he worked there for 25 years. He was living in the home with no power. Counsel for the creditor filed a summary judgment motion to repossess the home. He indicated that the motion was routine and he had never lost a motion of this sort. I saw no way around the repossession, but put forth two equitable arguments outlining the unfairness of repossessing one’s home after paying on it for 17 years. We argued back and forth for over an hour and Judge Wallace ultimately dismissed their motion for summary judgment. I was able to negotiate a good deal and save this gentleman’s home. A more recent accomplishment that I am proud of is a recent award in a personal injury case with difficult causation issues. My sister, Stewart Poisson, and I tried the case and received a great award for a well deserving client. It was the first trial Stewart and I tried together.
If you could spend the day with one celebrity or historical figure, who would you spend time with and why?
I would choose to spend the day with Jim Valvano “Jimmy V”. The way he approached life and the energy he displayed on a daily basis has also been inspirational. His 1993 ESPY speech has to be one of the best speeches I have ever heard and still makes the hair standup on the back of my next every time I hear it.
Here’s what others are saying about Davis Poisson:
I was recently reviewing a case with Davis Poisson and was surprised by his command of even the subtlest theories and facts. Then, it occurred to me that he is a fifth generation attorney, and that he had started studying law at the supper table, during family discussions, far earlier than most attorneys even began thinking of the law. It had grown to be a part of him. Also, he has the same dedication to helping all members of the community that is the family hallmark of the Poisson Firm. As with his father, Fred, and his sister, Stewart, I look forward to working together on cases with him for years to come. –John Green, Hall and Green, L.L.P.