J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
B.A., College of New Jersey, 1993
John 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.
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, Davidson practiced with a large national law firm, McGuireWoods, where he was a defense lawyer for publicly-traded corporations, insurance companies, banks and government entities. In 2000, Davidson co-founded Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC, expanding his practice to include the representation of individuals.
By invitation, 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.
For many years, Davidson has been named a “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine and a “SuperLawyer” by Virginia SuperLawyers in conjunction with Richmond magazine. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available to any individual lawyer.
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 preserving error for appellate review, the use of expert witnesses in complex litigation, appellate brief-writing, motions in limine and evidentiary privileges, and handling mass layoffs during reductions in force. 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.
Davidson has served and continues to serve in a variety of civic and leadership positions. He currently serves on the boards of the Carson Raymond Foundation, the Cavalier Wrestling Club and the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. He is the chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association's Amicus Curiae Committee and Judicial Relations Committee and serves on its Board of Governors, and he serves on the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section Council. He has also served on the Piedmont Virginia Community College Board of Governors and the board of the Charlottesville Corps of The Salvation Army.
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.
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.