Nicholson Davey Neal manages Clark Quinn’s government affairs practice group, Clark Quinn Public Affairs. In addition, he also focuses his legal practice on hospitality/alcoholic beverage, business and commercial services, and governmental services. He brings deep experience, dating back to 2001, in and out of the State House in counseling ClarkQuinn’s clients. Davey has developed a reputation as being a quick-study on issues and a trusted subject matter expert.
Working with Indiana’s elected officials since 2001 and the Indiana General Assembly since 2011, Davey is a trusted advisor to ClarkQuinn clients looking to navigate the State House. His body of work includes significant involvement is some of the most controversial legislation over the last few legislative sessions. In addition to legislative advocacy, Davey has also guided ClarkQuinn clients to maximizing positive exposure to elected officials and fostering good relationships with government agencies.
Davey joined Clark Quinn after serving as Indiana’s Deputy Secretary of State and chief of staff to Secretary of State Connie Lawson. In that role, he served as the architect of Secretary Lawson’s legislative, policy, and communications strategies. He developed subject matter expertise in a number of key practice areas including securities law, motor vehicle sales law, election and campaign finance law, and complex technology procurement and implementation. Davey provided leadership and counsel to several state boards and commissions, including the Business Law Survey Commission, the Motor Vehicle Sales Advisory Board, and the Indiana Election Commission.
Prior to serving as Deputy Secretary of State, Davey was appointed Executive Secretary of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) by Governor Mitch Daniels. He served as hearing judge on numerous ATC matters and advised the Commission and the Indiana State Excise Police on all licensure, regulatory, and enforcement matters, most notably during Indiana’s time as host of Super Bowl 46. He was the ATC’s liaison to the Indiana General Assembly.
Davey has also served on the executive staff of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, Secretary of State Todd Rokita and Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy.
Davey was graduated from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business after completing a joint JD/MBA program in 2011. As a law student, he served the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations (NFHS).
Davey was graduated from Wabash College in 2001. While at Wabash, Davey was a member of the Sphinx Club and was a founding member of Wabash’s lacrosse club team.
Davey is active in the National Association of Wabash Men, for which he serves as class agent for the class of 2001. He is active in the Indianapolis Beta Theta Pi alumni association, for which he leads the 100-year-old Indiana Beta Conclave. Davey coaches in the Avon Junior Athletic Association. He is also an active volunteer and previous volunteer of the year for the Indiana Sports Corporation (ISC). In that capacity, he has served on the Local Organizing Committee of some of Indianapolis’ marquee sporting events including: Super Bowl 46, numerous NCAA Final Fours, and the USA Track and Field National Championships. Davey is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and is a frequent lecturer on legal topics including alcoholic beverage and hospitality law, government affairs, election law, and public records law.
Davey is an eagle scout, a graduate of Cathedral High School, and was born and raised in Indianapolis. He and his wife Heather have four spirited children. They attend St. Malachy parish in Brownsburg.