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Paul Davidson

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Strategic, tenacious, straight-talking lawyer

Paul Davidson's practice focuses on trial work and high value corporate and business litigation. He has served as lead trial counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in courts across the country, including Tennessee, California, New York, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Alabama and Washington, D.C. Clients rely on Paul for the high level insight and strategy he brings to every case. He helps private and public companies, accounting firms, private equity firms, and individuals effectively and efficiently resolve disputes in a broad array of areas, including antitrust, securities, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and trusts and estates.

Paul 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:

  • Selection by Tennessee's Attorney General to represent a number of nonprofit healthcare organizations in complex fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases against two public healthcare companies that resulted in the recovery of nearly $90 million;
  • 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;
  • Defense of a Big 4 accounting firm in litigation with the SEC and related federal court class action securities litigation;
  • Representation of a law firm in arbitration in New York, resulting in a multimillion-dollar verdict for his client;
  • Achievement of a 100% victory for his client in a shareholder's dissenter's rights case at trial and in argument before the Tennessee Supreme Court that resulted in establishing a new rule of law for business valuations in Tennessee.

Paul has also assisted clients in a variety of pro bono matters, including the representation of death row inmates, obtaining orders of protection for clients through the Nashville Aid Society, and advising nonprofit boards of directors such as the board of the Salvation Army and the board of Cheekwood, a botanical and art museum.

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  • 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), 2008-2022
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Commercial Litigation, 2006-2023
      • Litigation - Antitrust, 2011-2023
      • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2011-2023
      • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011-2023
      • Litigation - Securities, 2011-2023
    • 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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