Alumni Profile – Jarred Davis ’14

Alumni Profile

Jarred Davis '14Jarred Davis ’14
Dallas, TX
Commercial litigation and transactional attorney for Shamoun & Norman, LLP


Jarred is currently a commercial litigation and transactional attorney for Shamoun & Norman, LLP. His primary role is as one of the main litigators of large commercial contract disputes for property companies either based out of, or doing business, in Texas.

Where are you from?

I am a Native Texan. Those who were at NYA when I was there knew I was very proud to be the only one there at the time. I was the first person in my family to go to college. Something when I was going through school in Texas, I thought of as more of a novelty, but when I got to NYA, it became an attainable goal.

Where did you go to college and what did you study? 

I attended Siena College in Albany, New York, and obtained my B.A. in Political Science with a focus in Pre-Law. I also obtained a minor in History. After graduating in 2018, I went on to Saint Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio where I got my J.D. I am currently licensed by the Texas State Bar and am working on becoming licensed federally as well as state licensed in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and California.

What was your favorite academic class at NYA?  

This is a very tough question because I liked every class I took at NYA. If I had to narrow down to three that had the biggest impact, I would have to say Current Political Events with Ms. Sullivan, English with Mr. Markonish, and Micro/Macro Economics with Mr. Austin and Mr. Sillin. Current Political Events is what sparked my interest in law when the late F. Lee Bailey came and spoke to our class. Mr. Markonish made me the strong writer that I am today, which in my line of work might be the most important skill to have. Not to mention, he also was the one who helped me prepare for my senior speech and helped me become a strong public speaker. Mr. Austin and Mr. Sillin taught me invaluable lessons that I continue to use in my career every day.

What extracurricular activities did you participate in at NYA? Did you continue any after graduating? 

In the fall I played on the soccer team, in the winter I played for the hockey team, and in the spring I ran track and threw the javelin. I also was a part of the steel band and a member of the student executive counsel.

What makes NYA different from other schools? 

Coming from a very large public school (average class sizes of 800-1000) and transitioning into NYA, the biggest difference I found aside from the smaller class sizes was that the teachers take a real interest in your education. When I first started out, it was an understatement to say I had a very rocky beginning to my time at NYA. Rocky to the point it was questionable how long I would last there. From transitioning to basically an entire new culture while away from my family, to classes that really challenged you to make you a better student. I learned that if you take the time and speak to your teachers, every single one of them will sit down with you and do everything they can to ensure that you are successful at NYA.

Any advice to today’s NYA students?

Really try your best to branch out of your comfort zone and experience as many different things as possible. Before coming to NYA, I never had interest in playing instruments or being a part of any student counsel. Also, utilize your teachers as much as possible, they are the best at what they do and they will prepare you for anything the world may throw at you.


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