John E. Davidson

  • Lecturer

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. He also handles all matters for healthcare professionals, including employment, contracts, disciplinary and licensure issues.

Davidson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. Following a clerkship with a federal judge, 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, 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. He has served and continues to serve in a number of leadership roles in bar associations, including the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and Virginia Bar Association. He is a Master of the Bench in the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court.

Davidson is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for skill and ethics that organization gives. He has again been listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, and for many years 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.

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 ethics, the use of expert witnesses in complex litigation, preserving issues for appeal during tirals, appellate brief-writing, on handling legal issues involved in mass layoffs and reductions in force, on sexual harassment, and on absenteeism in the workplace. 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. A representative sample includes:

• Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

• Board Member, Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia

• Board Member, Carson Raymond Foundation

• Board Member and Head Coach, Cavalier Wrestling Club

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

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

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.


  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    College of New Jersey

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