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Sirote’s J. Mason Davis, Jr. Recognized in Positive Maturity’s “Top 50 Over 50”

July 29, 2015

J. Mason Davis, Jr., shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C., has been selected to receive Positive Maturity’s “Top 50 Over 50” honor, recognizing Central Alabamians 50 and older for their success and lifetime achievements in business, personal life and civic engagement.

“Mason Davis is an inspiring example of sustained self determination,” said W. Todd Carlisle, President of Sirote & Permutt. “He has demonstrated a passion for client service and is a committed civic leader by his own convictions.”

Positive Maturity, a nonprofit that focuses on enhancing the lives of mature adults through social services and civic engagement, began the “Top 50 Over 50” list in 2014 as a way to recognize those who have demonstrated success in one of the following areas: “current career (including encore careers), civic engagement, personal goals such as training for a marathon later in life, becoming an artist, etc., and succeeding or beginning a new career out of a life-long passion.”

Davis has a long, distinguished career representing clients in business, antitrust, securities and product liability litigation as well as life, health and surety company defense. He also has extensive experience before state insurance regulators and commissions and has participated in numerous trials in both state and federal courts. His appellate practice includes matters before the Supreme Court of Alabama and the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Davis, who received an AB degree from Talladega College, began his legal career after he graduated with his JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1959. “I still find joy in my work, aspiring to be knowledgeable and ethical every day,” said Davis. “I’m honored to be recognized alongside these other civic advocates of my generation—it makes me want to go even farther, professionally and civically.”

Mason has received ample recognitions throughout his career, most recently being honored as a recipient of the Alabama Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Award. In 2014, he was inducted into the Alabama Lawyers Association (ALA) Hall of Fame. Davis also received the "Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights," from the NAACP in 2013 and has been honored by the Alabama Poverty Project and Birmingham Bar Foundation.

In the past, he served as chairman for United Way and the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as President of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. Davis has further been a member of the Board of Directors for the following organizations: Davenport and Harris Funeral Home (the oldest African American family owned business in Alabama), Protective Industrial Insurance Company, Southern Research Institute, Rust International, Enstar Corporation (a division of Waste Management), Bruno’s, and Energen.

Mason Davis, Jr. and other honorees will be recognized at Positive Maturity’s award ceremony on July 30, from 6-9p.m. at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The list is also printed in the July issue of B-Metro.

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