Davidson has lived and practiced law in this community for 35 years. He came here after graduating, with distinction, from the University of Arizona Law School in 1978 where he finished at the 11th percentile and was Executive Editor of the Arizona Law Review. His undergraduate degree is a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Miami. Davidson is admitted to practice in Nevada, Arizona, U.S. District Court of Nevada, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the ABA, Clark County Bar Association., and Nevada Justice Association. Martindale-Hubbell ranks him “AV Preeminent”.
Davidson started practicing with, and became a partner, with the firm Bell. Leavitt & Green. After that firm dissolved in 1983, he continued with Bell and Davidson; Bell, Davidson and Jones and finally as a sole practitioner until 1998. His practice was general litigation including criminal defense, domestic litigation, civil litigation, personal injury and medical malpractice and probate. In 1998, he joined the Clark County District Attorney as Assistant District Attorney with responsibility for the Civil and Family Divisions. The Civil Division represents all county agencies and elected and appointed officials, both administratively and as litigation counsel. He also took as personal clients the county Assessor (Equalization Board hearings), Treasurer, Risk Manager (where he had to approve all settlements in excess of $10,000.) and District Court. The Family Division collected and disbursed over $60,000,000. each year of child support. Davidson also conducted all Coroner’s Inquests for police shootings and all Death Penalty Assessments and represented the Medical Executive Committee of UMC at fair hearings.
From 1997–2007 Davidson served as one of the first Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judges. He spent 12 years as a Juvenile Court Master Pro-Tem and 6 years as a Small Claims Court Referee.
From 2004-2010, Davidson served as Chief Deputy City Attorney in charge of the Criminal Division of North Las Vegas. Thereafter, he returned to private practice as a partner of Kolesar & Leatham, where his practice is primarily complex civil litigation and criminal defense.
He served two terms on the Nevada State Bar Board of Governors and was also a member and State Chair of the Fee Dispute Committee. He currently serves on the State Bar Law Related Education Committee and on the Nevada Center for Law Related Education Board and Project REAL Board of Advisors. He edited “Play By The Rules” used in the public schools and court tours program. Every year, he serves as a presiding judge for high school mock trials. At the request of the Nevada Supreme Court, he served on its Jury Improvement Commission. Public service also included the Nevada Children’s Justice Task Force; expert advisor to the Legislative Sub-Committee on Tort Reform; the Medical-Legal Screening Panel; Chairman of the Board of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. The Attorney General appointed him to the Committee that distributes Violence Against Women Act grants statewide. He has also been an instructor for various police departments and academies; Junior League’s “Divorce Experience” and CLE programs.
Awards include: Clark County Bar Association Pro Bono Outstanding Domestic Relations Attorney; State Bar of Nevada Pro Bono Access to Justice Award; CASA Guardian ad Litem Award; Victims of Crime Award; Vegas Inc. “Top Lawyers”; Nevada Business Journal “Elite Attorneys”.
Davidson has conducted literally thousands of contested civil, family and criminal court hearings, bench trials and administrative hearings. Although he never kept a count, he’s probably done 12-15 jury trials as sole or lead counsel and several more as second chair for junior attorneys. Representative reported cases include:
a) In the Matter of the Honorable Gary Davis – Davidson represented Judge Davis before the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission and on appeal to the Supreme Court. The case is reported at 113 Nev. 1204, 946 P.2d 1033 (1997)
b) Gilman v. Gilman, 114 Nev. 416, 956 P.2d 761 (1998)
c) Tompkins v. Buttrum Construction Co. of Nevad, 99 Nev. 142, 659 P.2d 865 (1983)
d) LaPena v. State, 96 Nev. 43, 604 P.2d 811 (1980)
Desire to Run for Judicial Seat:
Davidson believes that those who have been fortunate to achieve some measure of success have a duty to give back. Over the years, he has demonstrated a commitment to this community in various professional and public service positions. In a real sense, he has been training to be a judge for 35 years. That is the position where he believes he can make the greatest contribution based on his experience as a court room lawyer.
Work History Qualifications:
Davidson has 35 years of experience as a civil and criminal trial lawyer. He has prosecuted, defended and served on the bench. Unlike his opponent, who has never represented a private client, individual or corporate, Davidson has been responsible for protecting the constitutional and civil rights of citizens. His view of the world is much broader having represented so many different interests and positions. His wife and him are small business owners and therefore understand what it means to make a payroll. A judge is better qualified for having personally experienced many of the behaviors and situations presented in court.
Previous Election Experience:
Davidson ran for District Attorney in 2002. He has applied for appointment to District Court three times and for U.S. Magistrate Judge twice. On each occasion, the selection committee recommended him for appointment. Davidson was on the ballot for each of the appointed seats in District Court prior to the appointment being made.
Qualities Fit to Serve as a Judge:
Davidson thinks we all want the same things from a judge. A judge must be fair, unbiased, prepared, respectful, decisive, wise and just. Humility, good humor and patience also come in handy. Those are the qualities he will endeavor to bring to the bench.
Davidson has not been subject to discipline by the bar.
To Speed Process & Minimize Case Delays:
Davidson had the following to say about speeding up the process and minimizing case delays:
"Delay often occurs because a court is not prepared, or holds a decision for too long. I will read everything that is submitted and render timely decisions. I am also a believer in alternative dispute resolution. Many cases can be settled with early intervention with the help of a settlement judge."