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Gary Davis

Gary S. Davis, Esq.

Case Manager
Alisa Razumovsky
T: 916-830-7103
F: 916-565-7780
2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833


Gary S. Davis, Esq. has over 43 years of experience as a litigator, representing a variety of plaintiffs and defendants. Since joining JAMS in 2006, he has served as a neutral mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee in matters varying in type and complexity. Mr. Davis has experience with a wide array of matters including business and commercial disputes, employment, cases involving government or public entities, insurance matters, personal injury claims, professional liability, as well as school district and education related cases.

Mr. Davis has earned a stellar reputation based on his fairness and ability to bring parties together, even in extremely difficult situations, and having them reach a consensus. He is adept at identifying and focusing on key issues, while respecting all parties involved. Mr. Davis brings an optimistic, energetic, and patient approach to ADR.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Began mediating and arbitrating in 1993 while still practicing law, before beginning a full-time ADR practice with JAMS in 2006
  • Has served as a mediator and/or arbitrator in matters involving national interest, catastrophic injuries, as well as claims for substantial damages

Representative Matters


  • Successfully mediated numerous claims brought against schools and school districts (ranging from primary school to university level), including allegations of dangerous condition of public property and other premises liability claims, athletic injuries, employment issues, as well as claims involving injuries occurring off school premises
  • Settled cases brought against schools alleging violations of constitutional law such as freedom of expression (as to speech and clothing) and sexual discrimination (with regards to providing athletic facilities and equipment)
  • Extensive experience resolving school bus accidents
  • Resolved claims arising out of athletic events (football and wrestling)
  • Settled sexual misconduct claims including: improper conduct of teachers with students, teacher-student parties, and sexual harassment of students by other students
  • Successfully mediated claim brought by a teenage student who lost his arm in a school sponsored and supervised tug-of-war contest
  • Successfully mediated Title IX disputes in claims brought by student athletes and coaches
  • Resolved a matter against a school for failure to train a physical education teacher on the proper use of a defibrillator to resuscitate a student that collapsed who sustained brain damage as a result of the incident; included claims against the manufacturer of the defibrillator for product liability

Civil Rights

  • Resolved a case brought against an amusement park for racial discrimination of a teenage female that was falsely accused of shoplifting and detained by park security; resulted in a six-figure settlement

Personal Injury

  • Matter alleging breach of mall security standards by the mother of a young boy who was shot and rendered a paraplegic; case settled for several million dollars
  • Settled cases involving all aspects of personal injury torts, including claims of catastrophic injuries, brain damage, paralysis, burns, and wrongful death
  • Successfully resolved a case involving allegations of hypoxic brain damage caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from equipment furnished by a national rental firm
  • Successfully resolved claims against national manufacturers for death, brain damage, and catastrophic burns
  • Settled matter alleging negligence in use of pesticides resulting in the die off of bees rented to pollinate crops
  • Numerous mediations and arbitrations of elder care disputes involving allegations of negligent care, issues of nutrition and hygiene, failure to monitor, malpractice for failure to follow a doctor’s orders, and wrongful death
  • Successfully mediated death case post-verdict which had resulted in a $10 million judgment with petition pending before the California Supreme Court
  • Resolved several cases involving premises liability and bodily injuries sustained at big-box general merchandise stores, supermarkets, and rehabilitation facilities

Health Care

  • Resolved several managed health care disputes including those involving compensation and valuation disputes, privileges disputes hospitals and physicians, as well as conflicts between physicians and nursing staff
  • Resolved matter regarding hospital services which included contractual and insurance coverage issues as well as the definition of “emergency” for and out of network patient

Professional Liability

  • Resolved case of alleged legal malpractice which included issues related to the transfer of land without access to a well
  • Resolved a medical malpractice matter involving the prolonged labor and failure to intubate a baby that was born with extreme cognitive, physical, and sensory impairments due to the mother’s methamphetamine usage; global resolution of claims for over $2 million dollars
  • Successfully resolved medical cases involving claims for failure to diagnose cancer, eyesight loss, emergency room issues, surgical injuries, improper radiation of pregnant patient, and psychiatric negligence
  • Mediated and settled dental cases
  • Successfully mediated matter in which a dermatologist performed a face-lift surgery without proper qualifications in his office leaving the patient scarred; settled for high six figure sum paid entirely by the uninsured doctor
  • Appointed neutral arbitrator of cases involving allegations of medical negligence
  • Resolved cases involving allegations of legal negligence which almost always included evaluating issues of causation and merits of the underlying case (some of which included personal injury, product liability, estate planning, dissolution and trial tactics cases)
  • Settled a medical malpractice claim in which a one year-old child was put in restraints after a surgical procedure which resulted in scars on the face


  • Successfully mediated and arbitrated claims of sexual harassment including claims brought by same-sex litigants; jail employees against supervisors; and racial discrimination and wrongful termination claims brought by minority employees against a public entity
  • Successfully mediated multiple wrongful termination cases
  • Settled numerous discrimination claims based on gender, age, and disability
  • Mediated claims based on allegations of violations of California Equal Pay Act involving a variety of types of employers including international and Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses


  • Successfully mediated cases involving allegations of bad faith
  • Successfully mediated insurance cases involving failure to settle uninsured motorist claims where arbitration awards exceeded policy limits
  • Successfully mediated cases involving failure to pay policyholder claims of property loss on vehicle theft
  • Successfully mediated cases with allegations of failure to investigate
  • Successfully mediated cases where jury verdicts exceeded policy limits with allegations of failure to properly advise the insured

Government/Public Entities

  • Provided ADR services involving multiple claims against public utilities including resolution of claims from catastrophic burns, damages resulting from black-outs, general claims against public agencies from dangerous conditions
  • Experienced litigator, mediator, and arbitrator with governmental entities under the California Tort Act, including allegations of dangerous conditions on public property (streets, highways, and guardrails) resulting both from design and/or maintenance defects
  • Successfully concluded claims of violations of civil rights, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and/or unlawful imprisonment made against governmental entities
  • Experience with claims brought against a public entity for actions by an off-duty law enforcement officer who, in the guise of making a traffic stop, assaulted a private individual


  • Resolved numerous commercial business disputes including significant breach of contract or collection cases
  • Arbitrated credit card debt matter which involved claims of bad faith as well as issues regarding sanctions and attorneys’ fees
  • Arbitrated matter regarding the determination of share price related to a stock purchase
  • Recognized with AV Preeminent Status as a Top Rated Lawyer for over 30 years, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, Stanislaus County Bar Association, 1965-present
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution category, San Francisco Magazine, 2006-2012
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Attorneys, 1997-2012
  • Named Plaintiff Personal Injury Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine, 2005
  • Member, Board of Directors of Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California, 1985-1994
  • Member with rank, Advocate of American Board of Trial Attorneys, 1978-2011
    • President, San Joaquin Chapter, ABOTA, 1978
    • Member, National Board, ABOTA, 1980 2982
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of The United States; and the California State Supreme Court and the United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Invited as guest speaker at 2010 Employment Law Seminar sponsored by Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Invited as guest speaker at 2009 San Diego meeting of California School District Attorneys
  • Author of numerous legal articles including “Warning of Dangers of Cyber Bullying in a School Setting” and “Proper System Can Alleviate Damages Associated with Title IX Violations”

ADR Profiles

  • "Humble Roots," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, October 20, 2017
  • Mediation and Arbitration Training, JAMS Institute, 2006
  • Shareholder/Mediator/Arbitrator, Curtis & Arata, 1999-2006
  • Trimbur, Davis & Clark / Davis, Echols & Boyd
  • Cardozo, Trimbur & Nickerson
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings School of Law
  • B.S., University of Arizona




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