Gary Davis

Gary S. Davis, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Robyn Shaldone
T: 916-830-7126
F: 916-565-7780
1415 L Street, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814


Since 1993, Gary S. Davis, Esq. has mediated, arbitrated, or served as discovery referee in more than 1,800 disputes. A significant number of these matters have been related to government and public entities, including counties, cities and school districts.  Cases have involved claims related to personal injury, employment, civil rights and access issues. He is adept at bringing parties together in extremely difficult and sensitive situations. His focused and considerate approach to ADR ensures that all parties are heard to enable an equitable resolution.

Prior to becoming a neutral, Gary was a trial lawyer and as such, was elected as a member of ABOTA (the American Board of Trial Advocates) and he became a fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys.  Gary is able to apply his trial skills in mediation by helping parties to understand and asses the risks and rewards of litigating a case in court. 

Representative Government and Public Entity Matters

  • Extensive experience resolving cases related to injuries sustained in school bus accidents
  • Successfully mediated numerous cases involving allegations of dangerous conditions of public property resulting in catastrophic personal injury such as brain damage, paralysis and death
  • Resolved claims arising out of athletic events (football and wrestling)
  • Successfully mediated highway design cases involving allegations of improper design, improper and inadequate signage, faulty guardrails, and flooding
  • Mediated to resolution multiple civil rights cases involving allegations of false arrest,
  • Settled numerous sexual misconduct and harassment claims involving educational institutions, including: improper conduct of teachers with students, teacher-student parties, and sexual harassment of students by other students
  • Mediated cases involving public utilities and allegations of various public utilities codes
  • Settled multiple Title IX Cases
  • Settled claims of improper supervision of students, including one claim brought by teenage student who lost an arm in a school sponsored and supervised tug-of-war contest
  • Settled employment disputes involving educational institutions involving allegations of discrimination (disability), sexual harassment, and breach of contract
  • Successfully mediated numerous claims arising out of catastrophic injuries brought against school districts, including allegations of dangerous condition of public property and also several claims involving injuries occurring off school premises
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • 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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