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Ronald M. Davids is a founding partner of the firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Colby College in 1978 and his law degree from Boston University in 1981. He is admitted to the bar in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and Florida. He is also certified as a Mediator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts having successfully completed an intensive training program sponsored by JAMS/Endispute. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Davids was a shareholder in a larger Boston firm, representing parties in civil matters from 1983 until 1998.
In 1986, Mr. Davids argued the first social host liability case in Massachusetts to the Supreme Judicial Court. He has also argued cases in both the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Mr. Davids has tried several cases in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and other states. He co-authored a chapter on "The Intoxicated Driver" for a volume of the Matthew Bender treatise on Automobile Accident Law and Practice, an article regarding exclusivity provisions in commercial leases for the Retail Law Strategist and assisted in preparing the City of Boston's "Drug Prevention Manual." Mr. Davids twice served on the faculty of the Cambridge Institute and taught a seminar entitled "The Rules of Evidence Under Massachusetts Law." He also served on a national panel in New York sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute on "Case Handling Techniques" and has led a roundtable session at the ICSC annual convention. He has lectured on case handling and trial techniques for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education board and has been on the faculty for its Depositions Workshop. Mr. Davids has also lectured on Business Contracts for the National Business Institute. He served for several years as an appointed member of the Ethics Committee of the Boston Bar Association and as a Sustaining Member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, a national group of manufacturers, academics and appointed counsel. He was awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV rating based on its peer review process several years ago and has maintained that distinction ever since. Since 2005, Mr. Davids has been named every year by Boston Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in Massachusetts, a distinction afforded the top 5% of attorneys in the state based on a survey of Massachusetts attorneys.
Mr. Davids is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"), a national society made up of trial attorneys that have successfully tried at least 20 cases to a jury and serves as the President-Elect of the Massachusetts chapter. He is also a member of the Council on Litigation Management ("CLM"), a national alliance of insurers, service providers and attorneys. Mr. Davids sits on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and previously served as a member of its Executive Committee. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, where he is a former Co-Chair of its Business Litigation Section; the American Bar Association; the Florida Bar Association; and the Maine Bar Association.
Mr. Davids has represented a wide variety of individuals and companies throughout the country including major commercial real estate developers and property owners, retailers, insurers, internet startups, software developers, service, manufacturing and training companies, contractors and executives. Mr. Davids concentrates his litigation practice on business, tort and employment liability matters including contract, corporate, partnership, employment, real estate, construction, general negligence and premises disputes. He has also represented numerous individuals and companies in negotiating business contracts, employment agreements and providing counsel on a variety of general business and personal matters. Mr. Davids is also frequently asked to serve as a Mediator to assist parties in resolving business, commercial, employment, real estate and personal injury disputes.