Fish's Davis Named an Honoree of the Root 100, The's Annual List of a Generation of African-American Leaders

Washington, D.C. October 11, 2010 The online magazine THE ROOT announced today its second-annual installment of THE ROOT 100, an exclusive list that honors one hundred individuals, aged 25-45, who represent the new generation of emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. Ahmed J. Davis is among those recognized.

Davis, a principal with Fish & Richardson in Washington, D.C.,has deftly blended two passions, science and law, into a complex career as a trial attorney focusing on copyright, trade secret and patent litigation in the areas of manufacturing, chemicals, medical devices and technology. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. in chemistry from Emory University and a B.S. in chemistry (cum laude) from Morehouse College. Davis, who is committed to giving back, is also his office's pro bono coordinator and a member of its diversity hiring committee. He was recently presented with a "2010 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" award by the National Bar Association.

Reflective of the rich and evolving complexity of black America, THE ROOT 100 recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional achievement, innovation, and creativity. All are remarkable individuals who have shattered boundaries, risen above stereotypes, and overcome obstacles to reach success in their fields.

“Each of these individuals is the embodiment of excellence; each understands sacrifice and deferred gratification; each is a leader in her or his field; and each stands as a role model for the next generations of our people," said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., editor-in-chief of THE ROOT. "THE ROOT is proud to applaud their accomplishments and to bear witness to the depth of their achievements. We are proud to welcome them into this year’s THE ROOT 100!”

"THE ROOT 100 is an important reminder that a critical aspect of the story of black America is one of continuous progress and growing success," said Joel Dreyfuss, managing editor of THE ROOT. "Being black in America includes being a surgeon, an entrepreneur, a college president, a scientist, a sports executive, a software engineer, a historian or a poet."

Honorees of THE ROOT 100 have been selected by THE ROOT's editorial staff, and fit the following criteria: African-American; 25-45 years of age; working or contributing in this country; making outstanding contributions in their professions or in their communities; seen by others as a leader or trend-setter; innovative in their approach; and groundbreaking or overcoming of stereotypes.