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Jeffrey Davidson
Jeffrey M. Davidson
San Francisco +1 415 591 7021 jdavidson@cov.com Download V-card

Jeffrey Davidson’s trial and appellate practice focuses on high-stakes commercial and insurance coverage disputes. He has achieved notable results for his clients. In a recent antitrust matter, he obtained a ruling eliminating a $3.5 billion claim shortly before trial. In another recent matter, he obtained reversal on appeal of an adverse trial ruling, after replacing prior counsel, in a case worth hundreds of millions. In a third recent matter, he obtained a $34 million judgment after a bench trial. He is currently acting as national coordinating counsel defending a leading automotive component maker against widely publicized product liability claims. He is also representing the University of California in its challenge to the government’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and obtained a nationwide injunction reinstating DACA.

  • Representing leading company in pursuing coverage for hundreds of millions in third-party claims arising from use of insured’s product.
  • Representing managed care provider in $100 million insurance recovery action under errors and omissions policies. Obtained reversal on appeal of adverse trial court ruling.
  • 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.
  • Representing financial services firms in litigation regarding breach of earn-out payment obligations. Obtained $34 million judgment after bench trial.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in patent litigation, obtaining reversal on appeal of adverse trial verdict after replacing prior counsel.
  • Representing international airline in defending class-action antitrust litigation. Negotiated settlement for far less than comparably situated defendants.
  • Obtained full payment on intellectual property policy issued to leading private technology company.
  • Represented 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, 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.
  • Represented social media company in patent litigation involving web-accessible databases, obtaining complete victory in the trial court and on appeal.
  • Represented network backbone provider in patent infringement litigation, obtaining favorable outcome at trial and on appeal.
  • Represented ExxonMobil in successfully seeking to overturn multi-billion dollar punitive damages award on appeal.

Pro Bono

  • Leading challenge to the administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, obtaining a preliminary injunction reinstating DACA. Defended the injunction before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • 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.
  • Representing inmate in federal civil rights litigation to redress brutality by prison guards.
  • Named one of California’s top "40 Under 40" attorneys by the Daily Journal (2018). 
  • Recognized as a "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year" by the Daily Journal (2018).
  • Am Law Litigation Daily, “Litigator of the Week” (1/12/2017) 
  • Named by the San Francisco Business Times to its "40 Under 40" list.
  • Named "Top Attorney Under 40 - Rising Star" in Competition Law by Law360.
  • Result in antitrust case named “Litigation of the Year - Cartel Defence” by Global Competition Review.
  • Representation featured in National Law Journal’s "Pro Bono Hot List."
  • Named 2012-2017 “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers.
  • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action (2017) and Insurance - Advice to Policyholders (2016)