Jeffrey M. Davidson

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Covington & Burling LLP
One Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-5356
Tel: 415.591.7021





  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2006
    • Yale Journal on Regulation, Executive Editor
  • Stanford University, M.A., 2003
  • Stanford University, B.A., 2003
    • with distinction
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2006-2007

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Jeffrey Davidson is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, maintaining a complex litigation practice focused on high-stakes policyholder-side insurance coverage matters.  He has successfully represented a wide range of clients in major insurance recovery, antitrust, and intellectual property disputes.  His insurance recovery practice has addressed an array of underlying losses from third-party breach of fiduciary duty, asbestos, bodily injury, and environmental claims, as well as first-party property damage, business interruption, and crime loss, and has involved insurance policies including errors and omissions, property, directors and officers, CGL, and fidelity policies.

Representative Matters

  • Representing managed care provider in $100 million insurance recovery action under errors and omissions policies.  Successfully obtained reversal on appeal of adverse trial court ruling.
  • Representing national sports league in seeking recovery for expenses incurred in underlying multi-district tort litigation.
  • Represented mining company on open pit mining first-party property and business interruption loss in Indonesia, resulting in a favorable settlement with reinsurers.
  • Successfully represented policyholder in obtaining insurance recovery for hundreds of millions in asbestos claims.
  • Successfully represented policyholder in recovering insurance for loss arising out of large rail accident.
  • Represented multiple policyholders in claims, litigation, and settlement in UK solvent schemes of arrangement.
  • Representing a leading electronics manufacturer in a consolidated set of antitrust and deceptive practices class actions involving liquid crystal displays used in televisions, monitors, and other products.  Obtained summary judgment for defendants and dismissal of $3.5 billion in damages claims, in a decision affirmed on appeal.

Honors and Rankings

  • Named 2012, 2013, and 2014 “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers.

Pro Bono

  • First-chaired trial defense of accused individual client, obtaining judgment of acquittal.
  • Represented current and former inmates in an appeal to the Third Circuit in a civil matter involving exposure to silica in the prison workplace.

Publications and Speeches

  • Authored chapters on fidelity and cyber-security insurance for Lexis Practice Advisor series.
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