Edward Pease Davis, K.C. founded Davis LLP in Vancouver, Canada on March 25, 1892, just six years after the city’s incorporation. Born in Ontario and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Davis had the privilege to work for major clients in British Columbia early in his career including Vancouver’s second mayor David Oppenheimer, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1910, the Canadian Law Journal said of Davis, who was then 50 years old:
“It is an unusual thing in a Canadian province to find one man who is so admittedly at the head of his profession that he is not regarded as having a rival… Davis,… by universal acknowledgement is easily leader of the Bar… His capacity for work is phenomenal, quite beyond the physical capacity of most men.”
The Registrar of the Supreme Court in Vancouver noted at the time that three quarters of all writs filed to commence actions came from Davis’s firm.