Derrick M. Davis

Quist, Fitzpatrick & Jarrard, PLLC
800 South Gay Street
Suite 2121
Knoxville, TN 37929

p. 865 524.1873 ext. 210
f. 865 525.2440

Derrick M. Davis


Derrick M. Davis joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in 2019. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and is licensed to practice in Tennessee. Throughout law school and prior to joining Quist, Fitzpatrick & Jarrard, he worked for a local intellectual property law firm, where he handled various matters pertaining to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Although Derrick focuses his practice upon issues specific to IP law, he also represents clients in a range of general transactional and civil litigation settings.

Derrick’s pursuit of a career as an IP attorney began in Southern Illinois, where he worked during college as an operating room assistant at the Orthopaedic Institute and as a laboratory research assistant within the SIU School of Medicine. By providing Derrick with daily exposure to complex technology and methods, these experiences directly generated his interest in the relationship between IP and innovation.

While enrolled at the UT College of Law, Derrick helped clients as a student attorney in the trademark clinic, participated on the patent moot court team, and contributed to books and articles on IP law while he worked as a research assistant for the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law. He also served as an IP & Commercialization Analyst with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, where he screened university-funded research for both prospective IP rights and market potential.


  • Alcohol & Beverage Law
  • Business Transactions
  • Cannabis Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Law
  • Trademark Law


J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
Dean’s Scholar, Class of 2018

B.S. (Physiology), Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Presidential Scholar, Class of 2015


Tennessee 2018


Derrick and his wife, Sloane, both grew up in small Illinois towns, but have been Knoxville residents since they moved to Tennessee for law school in 2015. When not practicing law, Derrick and Sloane enjoy hiking and camping, anxiously supporting the Vols, and spending time with their vociferous feline, Dunder.