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Paul S. Davidson

Paul Davidson, a partner in Waller’s Nashville office, is a skilled commercial litigator. He has served as lead trial counsel  in jury and non-jury trials in multiple jurisdictions, including California, New York, Washington, D.C., Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Utah. Paul’s reputation for handling complex business disputes efficiently, professionally and successfully, has led to his being recognized in Best Lawyers in America for more than 15 years (in the areas of commercial, antitrust, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions and securities litigation) and in Chambers USA in the area of business litigation. Best Lawyers named Paul the 2014 Nashville Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust law. Paul serves as Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation practice and recently was listed as a "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."

Among other recognitions, Tennessee’s Attorney General selected Paul to represent a number of nonprofit healthcare organizations in complex fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases. To date, Paul and his team at Waller have recovered nearly $90 million that is being used for charitable purposes in Tennessee. Paul also recently served as co-lead trial counsel for the Trustees of billions of dollars in bonds in the Jefferson County, Alabama and Detroit, Michigan bankruptcies, the largest municipal bankruptcies in American history. Immediately before Jefferson County filed its Chapter 9 Petition, Paul was successful in winning a $515 million judgment against the County and the appointment of a Receiver to take over control of its sewer system.

Paul has devoted more than 30 years to complex and diverse litigation practice.  Most recently, he tried a shareholder dissenters’ rights case to verdict in Tennessee’s Business Court where he won a 100% victory for his client; he tried an arbitration case in New York City, winning a verdict for millions of dollars against the Detroit Water & Sewer Department; and  he successfully resolved an impending federal jury trial involving disputes over millions of dollars in natural gas hedging transactions.  Paul was also recently hired to act as lead counsel in a securities class action brought against one of the Big 4 accounting firms claiming violation of the federal securities laws.   

Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in defense of Fortune 500 corporation sued for alleged fraudulent accounting practices. Plaintiff, who settled a related SEC enforcement action for insider trading, sought  more than $80 million in damages.
  • Lead Counsel for Receiver of several healthcare organizations in complex fraud and breach of fiduciary duty cases resulting in the recovery of approximately $90 million.
  • Counsel for Big 4 accounting firm in connection with SEC investigations, PCAOB inspections and in numerous litigated matters, including  class actions involving audits of publicly traded companies.
  • Lead trial counsel in the defense and prosecution of numerous antitrust cases, involving claims of exclusive dealing, unlawful tying, refusal to deal, and the use of intellectual property to eliminate competition.
  • Lead counsel in prosecution and defense of numerous intellectual property cases, including trademark infringement and the theft of trade secrets.
  • Lead counsel for death row inmate Steve Henley in over 20 years of appellate and post-conviction proceedings in Tennessee’s Supreme Court, before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and in the United States Supreme Court.

Professional

  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Member, Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production
  • Member, American Health Lawyers 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
  • Former Member, Alumni Board of the Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Former Member, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1980
  • LL.M., University College, London, England, 1981
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, 1980-1981
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1976

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee