“To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage.” – Confucious
MC Davis was born and raised in the small rural town of Cleburne, Texas, located about 35 minutes Southeast of Fort Worth. Her parents Frank and DiAnn Hyde, met in junior high and will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary in January. MC’s father played football for TCU and served in the Army after college.
He was a high school football coach in Cleburne and later was the principal of the junior high, while each of his 4 children were students. He taught his children to work hard, follow the rules, and respect the adults in their lives. MC’s mother was a homemaker and for years had a popular weekly column in the Cleburne Times Review, called Hyde & Seek. DiAnn raised MC to be kind, to put forth her best effort, and to choose a career that she loved. Both of MC’s parents were active in numerous community service organizations and they instilled a drive to help others in their children. MC, her brothers, and sister enjoyed a small-town upbringing where their church, family, and friends provided a tight knit community of support and fellowship. Cleburne was the sort of town where if another adult caught you misbehaving, they would call your parents and you would get in big trouble! MC raised her two daughters, Madison and Merit in Cleburne, where they enjoyed those same benefits.
MC attended Baylor University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught sixth grade in Cleburne for one year before heading to St. Mary’s University in San Antonio to pursue a law degree. MC interned for the Bexar County District Attorney’s office and was hired as an Assistant District Attorney upon graduation. As a newly minted attorney, MC had the opportunity to try numerous criminal cases and handled cases in court daily. When she interned at the district attorney’s office, MC developed the important skill of being comfortable in the courtroom. She learned how to embrace and project an attitude of calmness and confidence to opposing counsel, court staff, and jurors when conveying an argument and in negotiations.
In January of 1995 MC moved back to her hometown and took a position with a local law firm where she practiced a wide range of areas including civil, personal injury, family, criminal, and probate matters. MC handled her cases from intake to close, investigated the allegations and facts, participated in hundreds of temporary hearings and mediations, conducted discovery, tried numerous jury and bench trials, and honed her legal skills. The partners at the firm taught MC how to put in the work needed to prepare the cases she handled and then to be decisive in her strategy. They taught her how to pivot and handle a wide range of subject matters. She was even aptly named the “resident expert” at her firm by one of the partners. The early experiences with these great lawyers and this law firm imparted in MC a sense of optimism about life and her career. It fueled the fire in MC and gave her even more incentive to continue to make her own way in the world.
By 2006 MC was ready to hang a shingle and build her own law practice. Mary C. Davis, Attorney at Law opened on September 1, 2006, and MC continued to develop her advocacy skills, achieving excellent results for her clients. She spent the next sixteen years fighting for her clients and growing her practice. Her clients sought her out for her reputation as a detail oriented, caring, and formidable advocate. Over the years, referrals and return customers were the backbone of MC’s caseload.
MC started visiting Franklin, Tennessee in 2002, when her sister-in-law moved from Dallas to Tennessee. Over the years MC and her children took many trips to Franklin and in what can only be described as destiny, she met the man whom she was meant to spend the rest of her life with. Jim and MC dated for several years, became engaged, and planned her relocation to Tennessee.
MC sold her law office building in 2020, wrapped up her caseload, and set off for a new adventure! After settling into her new home state, MC met Rocky and Penny McElhaney. She was inspired by the firm’s mission to battle for the rights of injured Tennessean’s and the commitment, caring attitude, and talent of the attorneys and staff at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm.
MC brings 28 years of case analysis, building client relations, and trial experience with her to the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. She is a people person who thrives on helping her clients obtain optimal results to their situations.
MC enjoys spending time with Jim, her girls, and dogs, traveling, reading, gardening, and getting together with friends. MC and Jim share a love of the Natchez Trace Parkway and visiting different towns, parks, rivers, and sites in Tennessee. MC is active in the Franklin Downtown Rotary Club and is committed to giving back to the community through service.