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Paul Davidson


Strategic, tenacious, straight-talking lawyer always working for clients

Paul Davidson's practice focuses on trial work and complex business and commercial litigation on both sides of the docket. He has served as lead trial counsel for plaintiffs and the defense in courts across the country,  including California, New York, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama and Washington, D.C.  Paul brings a high level of insight, strategy and willingness to share risks through innovative fee arrangements to every case.  He represents private and public companies, professional services firms, private equity firms, and individuals in a broad array of areas, including antitrust, securities, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and trusts and estates.  He is recognized in Chambers USA (Business Litigation), Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Securities, Antitrust and Intellectual Property; and was named 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Antitrust).   

Some of Paul's recent successes include: Tennessee's Attorney General selected Paul to represent a number of nonprofit healthcare organizations in complex fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases that resulted in the recovery of nearly $90 million for his clients; representation of bondholders in the municipal bankruptcies of Jefferson County, Alabama and Detroit, the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcies ever filed, resulting in the recovery of billions of dollars for his clients; representation of a professional services firm in arbitration in New York, resulting in a multimillion-dollar verdict for his client; and achieving a resounding 100% victory for his client in a shareholder's dissenter's rights case at trial and on argument before the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Paul is currently serving as lead counsel before the SEC and in class action securities litigation for one of the Big 4  accounting firms; and he is serving as lead counsel in class action ERISA litigation for a large national power company.  

Paul has also represented clients in a variety of pro bono matters, including a 20-year post-conviction death penalty case; challenging the commitment of another death row inmate to 17 years of solitary confinement; advising the board of a nonprofit that provides financial, housing and disaster assistance; and advising the board of a botanical and art museum. 

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
    • LL.M., University College - London England, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • B.A., Syracuse University
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
  • Recognitions
    • Chambers USA
      • Litigation: General Commercial (Tennessee), 2008-2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Commercial Litigation, 2006-2021
      • Litigation - Antitrust, 2011-2021
      • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2011-2021
      • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011-2022
      • Litigation - Securities, 2011-2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings), 2022
      • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions (Nashville)
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Business Litigation, 2006-2021
  • Professional Involvement
    • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
    • Member, Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production
    • Member, American Health Law Association
    • Member, Litigation and Business sections of the American Bar Association
    • Member, Antitrust, Securities Litigation, Healthcare Litigation and Business Torts subsections of the American Bar Associations
    • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, District of Columbia and American Bar Associations
    • Hearing Committee Member, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, 1997-2003; twice appointed to three-year terms by the Tennessee Supreme Court
    • Hearing Committee Member, Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, 1997-2003; twice appointed to three-year terms by the Tennessee Supreme Court
    • Former Member, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Community Involvement
    • Member, Board of Directors, Salvation Army
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, O'More College of Design
    • Former Trustee and Member of Executive Committee, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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