Dudley Rich Davis LLP

Sharmane P. Davis- Brathwaite

Sharmane P. Davis- Brathwaite
dbrathwaite@dudleylaw.com

Professional

In returning home to the Virgin Islands following her graduation from law school in 1994, Ms. Davis-Brathwaite had one full year of active legal practice under her belt.  She had interned on a full- time basis for alternating three- month periods beginning in the Summer of 1992 with the Office of the Solicitor General in the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, the Chambers of the Honorable Joyce London Alexander (Boston, MA); the Law Office of James L. Hymes, III; and the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.  She embraced the opportunity to continue on this fast track by going immediately into private practice working as a litigator with first Dudley Clark & Chan, L.L.P., and later the Law Offices of Hymes & Zebedee, P.C.   Ms. Davis- Brathwaite has also worked in the public sector, at one time serving as Acting General Counsel for the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority.  Ms. Davis-Brathwaite is a founding member of Dudley Rich Davis LLP and is the firm’s Managing Partner for personnel affairs.  

Areas of Practice

Ms. Davis-Brathwaite’s practice areas are insurance defense, and labor and employment law. She defends individuals and businesses of every size in all stages of litigation, to include administrative hearings, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeals.  She represents management in collective bargaining.  

Commitment

In a sincere effort to mentor and encourage students interested in future legal careers, Ms. Davis-Brathwaite has repeatedly served as a legal adviser to students competing in the annual High School Appellate Moot Court competition. She has also participated in career day programs at local elementary and junior high schools, and National Job Shadowing Day activities.  

Education

Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1994)
o Legal Practice Teaching Assistant
o Research Assistant

Allegheny College (B.A., English with honors, minor Political Science, 1991)
o All-American Collegiate Scholar
o National Dean’s List
o Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities
o Allegheny College Alden Scholar 
o Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1995)
U.S. Virgin Islands (1995)
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2002)  

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Arena:
Virgin Islands Bar Association 
o Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2006 
o Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Chair 2003- 04; 2007 – 08, 2002- 03 
o 3rd, 6th, 7th and 15th Annual High School Appellate Moot Court Competitions
American Bar Association
2013 Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee

Community Involvement:
All Saints Cathedral School Board of Trustees (Chair- Facilities and Handbook Committees)
Habitat for Humanity of the U.S.V.I. Inc. (President, 2009- 2011)
St. Thomas Assembly of God (Speaker and Panelist at Annual Women’s Conference, Facilitator of Financial Training Seminar)
Special Olympics
Rotary Club of St. Thomas II (Director, 2003-04; Chair- Vocational Service, 2002- 03)
Addelita Cancryn Junior High School (Career Day Participant, 2003)
V.I. Association of Legal Assistants (Lecturer, 1998 CLA Exam Review Seminar)
Joseph E. Gomez Elementary School (Keynote Speaker, 1999 Promotional Exercises, Career Day Participant, 1998 and 1994)
INS Naturalization Ceremony (Guest Speaker, 1999)