John E. Davidson

John E. Davidson (Charlottesville, Virginia)

John E. Davidson

Attorney in Charlottesville, VA
Mr. Davidson's practice spans the areas of employment law, appeals, and trials of all kinds, with an emphasis on federal court litigation, including complex civil and criminal matters. He also handles all matters for healthcare professionals, including employment, contracts, disciplinary and licensure issues.

Mr. Davidson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduation, the faculty awarded him the Earle K. Shawe Labor Relations Award as the graduate with the greatest promise in the field of labor relations. Following a federal clerkship, Mr. Davidson practiced with a large national law firm, McGuireWoods LLP, where he was a defense lawyer for publicly-traded corporations, insurance companies, banks and government entities. In 2000, Mr. Davidson co-founded Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC, expanding his practice to include the representation of individuals.

Mr. Davidson is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he has taught for 13 consecutive academic years. He teaches Trial Advocacy in the fall semester and Employment Law in the spring semester.

By invitation, Mr. Davidson is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit has appointed him to his current four-year terms on the court's Appellate Panel and Capital Panel. He is the immediate past chair of the amicus curiae committee of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the current chair of its judicial relations committee.

For several years, Mr. Davidson has been named a "Legal Elite®" by Virginia Business magazine, one of the "Top Attorneys in Virginia" by Richmond magazine, and a "Virginia SuperLawyer®" by SuperLawyers. These honors resulted from surveys of Virginia lawyers seeking their opinions of the "best" in the profession.

Mr. Davidson is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal topics and often teaches continuing legal education courses to other lawyers. Recent CLEs taught include classes on the use of expert witnesses in complex litigation, on appellate brief-writing, and on handling legal issues involved in mass layoffs and reductions in force. Recent speaking engagements include lectures to groups of physicians about negotiating employment contracts and delivering the keynote address at the pro bono awards ceremony at the University of Virginia School of Law graduation. He has published in the Virginia Law Review, the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Davidson has served and continues to serve in a variety of civic and leadership positions. A representative sample includes:

· Board, Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia (presently)

· Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (presently)

· Board, Carson Raymond Foundation (presently)

· Board, Cavalier Wrestling Club (presently)

· Board of Governors, Piedmont Virginia Community College (2000-2008)

· Board, Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army (1998-2008)

Mr. Davidson also has served the legal advisor to the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law task force devising official guidelines for psychiatrists conducting various types of disability evaluations. Finally, he is the supervising attorney for the Virginia Department of Employee Dispute Resolution's law student advocate program, where he supervises a pro bono clinic of law students at the University of Virginia School of Law representing state employees in grievances.

Mr. Davidson is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

These resulted from opinion surveys of Virginia lawyers. No guarantees of result or scientific comparisons to others are intended or implied. All cases depend upon their factual and legal merit. All potential clients and clients are urged to conduct their own investigation to select the attorney with whom they feel comfortable.

Fellow: Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court; Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Peer Rating 4.9 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Affirmative Action
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Drug Testing
  • Employee Leasing
  • Employee Privacy
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employer Liability
  • Employer Rights
  • Employment at Will
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Mediation
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Executive Transfers
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Human Resources Law
  • Harassment
  • Management Employment Law
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation
  • Agreements
  • Personnel Policies
  • Personnel Training
  • Prevailing Wage Litigation
  • Reductions in Force
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • WARN Act
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wrongful Termination Defense
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Habeas Corpus
  • International Extradition
  • Mail Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Post-Conviction Remedies
  • Wire Fraud
  • Wiretapping
  • Criminal Antitrust
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Extortion
  • Extradition
  • Forgery
  • Search and Seizure
  • Theft
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Appeals
  • Business Law
  • Business Crimes
  • Business Enterprises
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Business Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Mediation
  • Business Regulation
  • Business Torts
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Professional Practices
  • Civil Practice
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Civil Rights Section 1983
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Rights
  • Handicapped Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • Personal Rights
  • Prisoners Rights
  • Race Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Womens Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Media and First Amendment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Fourth Amendment Law
  • Fifth Amendment Law
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Contract Litigation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Legal Negligence
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Defamation
  • Libel and Slander
  • Libel Defense
  • Media Libel
  • Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • E-Discovery
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • Long-Arm Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
  • Negligence
  • Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Occupational Injuries
  • OSHA
  • Probate
  • Qui Tam Litigation
  • RICO
  • Civil RICO
  • Securities Law
  • Workers Compensation
  • White Collar Crime
  • Embezzlement
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Fraud
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Theft of Trade Secrets

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

Overall Peer Rating

in Labor and Employment, Litigation and Trusts and Estates
4.9 out of 5.0
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  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1996, Virginia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
Credit Cards Accepted
Also accepts Other
Additional Payment Information
Fixed Hourly Rates
Fixed Fees Available
Law School Attended
University of Virginia School of Law
Class of 1997
University Attended
The College of New Jersey
Class of 1993
magna cum laude
Associations & Memberships
Virginia State Bar; Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Bar Fellowship
Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court; Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Representative Cases
Chauncey F. Hutter, Inc. v. Va. Empl. Comm'n, 50 Va. App. 590 (2009); Parish v. Commonwealth, 56 Va. App. 324 (2010); Jones v. Va. Oil Co., Inc., 69 Fed. Appx. 633 (4th Cir. 2003); Jiminez v. Vaughan, 341 Fed. Appx. 890 (4th Cir. 2009); United States v. White, 165 Fed. Appx. 254 (4th Cir. 2006); McIntyre v. AETNA Life Ins. Co., 581 F.Supp.2d 749 (2008).

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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
211 East High Street,
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5515
Office Information
Office Information
John E. Davidson
Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
211 East High Street,
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5515

Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC (Charlottesville, Virginia)