Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
- Admitted to practice in all federal trial and appellate courts in California
Board of Trustees, Temple Beth Am
Chair, Education Director Search Committee, Pressman Academy
Represented the United States in 2013 Maccabiah Games, Israel, Tennis
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D.
Dartmouth College, B.A.
Steven S. Davis
Steven S. Davis focuses his practice on complex business disputes, as well as defending law firms and attorneys sued for professional negligence. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts and in binding arbitrations involving a variety of claims, including profit participation disputes, breach of real estate partnership and lease agreements, employment matters, and trademark infringement actions, to name a few.
In the automotive industry, Mr. Davis has handled matters for clients involving NHTSA compliance and false advertising.
With substantial employment expertise, Mr. Davis has successfully resolved claims of breach of employment contract, wrongful termination, violation of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, violation of California public policy, as well as labor contract arbitrations.
Mr. Davis has also represented franchisees in lawsuits against franchisors for violations of Federal and California franchise laws, as well as taxpayers in disputes with the IRS.
Mr. Davis received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a Staff Writer on the Law Review. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Dartmouth College, where he also competed as a member of the Varsity tennis team.
Contract Dispute: When plaintiffs alleged that his client refused to honor a contract valued in excess of $13,000,000 for the purchase of a raw commodity, Mr. Davis obtained a complete dismissal for the defense.
Employment: Mr. Davis has successfully defended many employment matters alleging wrongful termination and other labor grievances. In one case, Mr. Davis received a defense jury verdict for a Fortune 500 client on a claim of retaliation in violation of California public policy, in which the client's former employee alleged lost compensation in excess of $700,000. Mr. Davis has also defended many guild arbitrations brought before SAG and AFTRA.
Entertainment: Among other entertainment matters successfully handled by Mr. Davis, he achieved a defense jury verdict in a $20 million profit participation case, where his client was also awarded in excess of $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees.
Franchise: Mr. Davis recovered several million dollars on behalf of a franchisee of a national car rental firm.
Injunctive Relief: Mr. Davis was amongst the M&R team that obtained injunctive relief on behalf of the owners of an assisted living facility as against a management company that breached its agreement to pay the owners a monthly management fee, reimburse the owners’ lease payments on the facility (approximately $86K each month) and preserve the owners’ license issued by the Department of Social Services to operate the facility. By virtue of M&R’s efforts, the owners were able to regain control and possession of the facility placed in jeopardy due to the management company’s negligence.
Real Property: Mr. Davis has represented numerous real estate developers and commercial property owners. In one matter, he secured over $600,000 in damages and attorneys' fees in a binding arbitration for the owner of a commercial building against a breaching tenant.
Trademark: Mr. Davis’s trademark cases have included successfully defending a national credit union against a claim of trademark infringement by a major credit card company. Mr. Davis also successfully brought an action to enjoin infringement of a famous trademark belonging to his client, a manufacturer of automotive lighting products.