Jim Davidson is a deputy managing partner at Ice Miller; he focuses his practice on commercial and employment litigation. Jim is a trial lawyer concentrating on significant employment disputes and has been lead counsel in more than 60 jury trials including cases tried in state and federal court in Ohio and across the country. Among other things, on behalf of a public company, Jim sucessfully tried a collective action involving approximately 1,000 plaintiffs.

While many of Jim's notable engagements involve trial work, he is frequently called upon to provide counseling to clients seeking to avoid litigation. In that regard, Jim often works with in-house counsel and other executives to devise strategies for litigation avoidance. Over the course of his career, Jim's trial experience has proved helpful in assisting clients in understanding the risks associated with litigation and evaluating other options for solving challenging employment problems.

Jim has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, since 2005. Separately, he has also been included in the Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, since 2006. Jim has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers each year since 2004 and was profiled in Ohio Lawyer's Weekly as a Top Ten Ohio Lawyer of the Year in 2001.

In his free time, Jim enjoys golf, skiing and being ridiculed by his wife and three childlren. He lives in Dublin with his wife Janis, daughter Andrea (high school senior), and occasionally, his two older children, Robbie and Lauren.

Reported and Representative Cases
  • Garmaliel Aguirre, et al. v. Genesis Logistics, et al.
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Represented commercial trucking operation against alleged class of commercial truck drivers, seeking relief under California law; among the claims asserted were violations of California's meal and rest break laws and violations of overtime and wage payment requirements; on behalf of the company, successfully secured dismissal on the majority of the claims
  • Virginia Rodriguez, et al. v. Exel Inc., et al.
  • San Bernardino County, Superior Court, San Bernardino, Cailf.
  • Represented international logistics company in alleged class-action in California involving allegations of meal and rest break claims and other California state law wage claims; successfully secured dismissal on the majority of the claims
  • John Johnson, et al. v. Big Lots Inc.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Represented national public company retailer in a collective action consisting of roughly 1,000 current and former assistant store managers alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act; successfully obtained Order from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, decertifying class and dismissing opt-in plaintiffs’ claims after trial on the merits
  • Daniel Omiatek v. Big Lots Inc.
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York (Buffalo)
  • Represented national public company retailer in an alleged collective action; the U.S. District Court denied certification of the alleged class and determined that Plaintiff could only pursue individual claims
  • John Gromek v. Big Lots Stores Inc.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
  • Represented national public company retailer in alleged collective action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; the court refused to certify alleged collective action and found that only individual claims could be asserted against the company
  • Raquel Foster v. idegy inc., et al.
  • Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
  • In June 2013, tried 12-day case to jury in Franklin County, Ohio, where claims of age discrimination were leveled against company by former employee; jury found in favor of company and granted judgment against the plaintiff for asserted age discrimination
  • Deborah Hunt v. Big Lots Stores Inc.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Represented national public company retailer in jury trial with allegations of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act; jury found unanimously in favor of employer on all claims
  • Wally Pattison v. W.W. Grainger Inc.
  • Represented W.W. Grainger in an argument to resolve the conflict between the Eighth District Court of Appeals and the Second District Court of Appeals regarding whether or not a Plaintiff can voluntarily dismiss an individual count from a multi count complaint under Ohio Civil Rule 41(A)(1)(a) for the purpose of securing a final appealable order.
  • Avis E. Buchanan et al. v. Consolidated Stores Corp. et al.
  • Represented K-B Toys and Big Lots Inc. (formerly known as Consolidated Stores Corp.)
  • Won summary judgment dismissing a class action retail redlining complaint alleging racial discrimination in which the plaintiffs challenged the check acceptance policy of K-B Toys during the 1990’s in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The court dismissed all claims against Big Lots Inc. which owned K-B Toys for part of the period in question. In addition, the court granted three Ice Miller Daubert motions regarding the testimony of plaintiff’s three experts, resulting in the exclusion of all of the testimony of two, and most of the testimony of the third.
  • Anthony M. Stefanski v. W.W. Grainger Inc.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of W.W. Grainger, Inc. in defense of miscellaneous discrimination claims; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision
Firm Publications
Published In
  • Just Cause Analyzed, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2003
  • Arbitration Agreements Can Lessen Fear of Hiring, Business First, Dec. 12, 2003
  • Lawsuits Don't Have to Turn into PR Nightmare, Business First, March 24, 2000
Ice Miller News
Speaking Engagements
  • Masters in Trial - Sept. 9, 2011
  • Is your workplace ready for 2011? - Dec. 8, 2010
  • Masters in Trial - Sept. 11, 2009
  • Closing Argument for the Employer’s Team - April 2008
  • All in the Family: An FMLA and USERRA Update - Jan. 9, 2008
  • Trial Practice Seminar for Public Service Lawyers - Nov. 2, 2007
  • Masters in Trial - Sept. 7, 2007
  • All in the Family: An FMLA and USERRA Update - Jan. 10, 2007
  • Masters in Trial - Sept. 15, 2006