Warren M. Davison, 69, labor relations attorney

December 17, 2002

Warren Malcolm Davison, a retired labor relations attorney, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Pikesville home. He was 69, and had retired in April as a partner and manager of the Baltimore office of Littler Mendelson at the World Trade Center.

Born in Boston, Mr. Davison earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. For many years, he interviewed prospective Harvard students as part of their application process.

After a brief stint in the Army, he became an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington. As deputy chief of its appellate court branch, he argued cases before U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals around the country.

In 1972, he moved to Baltimore and became a partner in the local law firm of Shawe & Rosenthal, which specializes in labor issues.

"He was one the most accomplished lawyers our firm ever enjoyed working with," said firm partner Stephen D. Shawe. "He was a magnificent writer and a wonderful teacher. Whenever our lawyers had difficulty trying to figure out how to approach the court, they would turn to Warren. He had a wealth of experience."

Mr. Davison was a recipient of the Young Federal Lawyer Award in the early 1960s, and was listed in the 1999 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

He enjoyed performances of the Baltimore Opera Company and solving crossword puzzles.

Mr. Davison was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and belonged to the Suburban Club and the Harvard Club of New York.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Mary Michelson; a daughter, Elise Davison Morris of Hunt Valley; a brother, Dr. Gerald C. Davison of Los Angeles; a sister, Marion Miller of Columbia; and two grandchildren.

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