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I'm an experienced trial lawyer who knows when to negotiate and when to litigate, which translates into putting my client's interest first.  Although my primary background has been representing injured plaintiffs in employment, disability and contract matters, I offer the same expertise and commitment to defendants, whether individuals or business entities.  I also believe in creative methods for financing my representation -- so that my clients are served, rather than victimized, by the process of seeking justice.

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 about our Firm's organ donation lawsuit

(The Guardian, 2023)

In Negotiation
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Lawyers, lawsuits, and litigation in general is too expensive and therefore out of reach for most litigants.  If contingency fees arrangements weren't available, most plaintiffs' injuries would go without redress.  But for defendants and those cases where contingency fee isn't appropriate, there's a clear conflict between the client's goal of swift and cost-effective resolution and the fact that lawyers are paid hourly, more so the more they work.  I try to bridge that inherent conflict by addressing the elephant in the room head-on through creative evaluation of the client's problems, always seeking affordable justice that serves the client first and my interests second.  Thus is the elephant fed rather than permitted to consume more than its fair share.

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Aggressive but Sensible Advocacy

Not all injuries are created equal but all injured parties are. I have handled car crashes, employee theft, and business torts. My clients are treated with dignity and offered the same quality legal representation regardless of the nature of their injuries.

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Proven Success

I specialize in civil litigation with an emphasis on real estate, finance and contract matters.  I represent both plaintiffs and defendants in cases throughout California, whether in State or Federal Court.

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No Nonsense

Whether you're hiring a lawyer to represent your personal injury claim or to defend your business, you want the truth, served without a parsley garnish. Flowery embroidery and table pounding are fine for closing arguments. But at the outset of representation, my clients get what they deserve: no nonsense, served straight up.


Excellent and Dedicated

"A very dedicated and compassionate lawyer .......who gets results. Never hesitates to call. Quite frank which may appear hard but at the bottom of his heart a great individual and an excellent ERISA Lawyer"

What People Say

~Shawn January 24, 2017



Bar Admissions: 

Supreme Court of California, 1993

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2004

U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2006

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2007

U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2007

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2007


San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California - 1993

Columbia College (NYC) - 1979

Published Cases

Neerdaels v. Group Short & Long Term Disability Plan for Employees of Akamai Technologies, Inc., 261 Fed. Appx. 7 (9th Cir. 2007)

Bernardo v. Am. Airlines, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85305 (S.D. Tex., November 19, 2007), remanded by Bernardo v. Am. Airlines, Inc., 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 22163 (5th Cir. 2008)

Parisi v. Kaiser Health Long Term Disability Plan, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5770 (N.D. Cal., January 25, 2008)

O’Hartz v. Cal. State Auto. Assn. Inter-Insurance Bureau Group Long Term Disability Plan, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67625 (N.D. Cal., September 3, 2008)

Fortune v. Group Long Term Disability Plan for Employees of Keyspan Corporation, et al., 588 F. Supp. 2d 339 (E.D.N.Y. 2008)

Murphy v. Deloitte & Touche Group Ins. Plan, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32367 (D.N.M., January 21, 2009)


Mr. Davidson was born in Texas and raised in Fresno, California. He was educated at Phillips Academy (Andover) and Columbia University from 1975 through 1982. After careers in journalism, the food industry, and real estate, he turned his attention to law, receiving his degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1993. He previously founded and helped operate the ERISA Law Group, a national group disability practice.

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Our Latest Victory

We triumphed for a widow and her four children who lost their 45-year old provider in a medical malpractice case involving a Treadmill Test performed by an untrained technician in a local medical office where the physician was inexperienced in emergency procedures, resulting in the man’s death.  We secured a settlement well in excess of $1,000,000 by forcefully alleging that the doctor engaged in fraudulent concealment, breach of warranty, and professional negligence.  The case represented the benefits of hiring an aggressive, creative lawyer who pushes the envelope to obtain justice for his clients.

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