Jim Davidson is a partner at Ice Miller and focuses his practice on commercial and employment litigation. Jim is a trial lawyer concentrating on significant, "bet-the-business" employment disputes and has been lead counsel in more than 70 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 has also successfully tried a collective action involving approximately 1,000 plaintiffs.

While many of Jim's notable engagements involve trial work, he is frequently called upon before problems occur to provide counseling to clients seeking to avoid litigation. In that regard, Jim often works with in-house counsel and other executives to devise front-end business solutions and 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 also has an active practice in the collective/class action area.  His work in that area includes representation of significant employers in multiple jurisdictions, including California.  Presently, Jim is representing two different employers in ongoing litigation in state and federal courts in California.

Notably, Jim led a team of lawyers in the successful representation of a public company in a collective action filed in Louisiana.  That case is one of the very few private enforcement actions involving the question of whether retail assistant store managers may be properly classified as exempt from overtime pay.  Following trial, the Federal District Court Judge issued a lengthy decision decertifying the proposed class of assistant store managers.  The decision has been widely reported and cited as authoritative by other federal courts.

Jim also provides representation to companies in connection with the enforcement or defense of non-compete agreements.  In that regard, Jim has tried many cases in state and federal courts concerning post-employment restrictions and ancillary trade secret issues.

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.  Previously, Jim served as the deputy managing partner for Ice Miller, and as the former President of Schottenstein Zox and Dunn for over a decade.

In his free time, Jim enjoys golf, skiing and being ridiculed by his wife and three children. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Janis, and occasionally, his three children, Andrea, Robbie and Lauren.

Reported and Representative Cases
(Current Publicly Reported Cases)
Lynnett Myers, et al. v. Memorial Health System Marietta Memorial Hospital
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
Currently representing three health care entities in defense of class action asserting that direct patient care providers were not paid for all compensable time worked.

Maurice Bradley v. Menard, Inc.
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division
Currently representing retailer in defense of class action asserting that production employees were not paid for all compensable time worked.

Lindsey Neal v. Menard, Inc.
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division
Currently representing retailer in defense of class action asserting that distribution center employees were not paid for all compensable time worked.

Carrie Santti v. Menard, Inc.
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
Currently representing retailer in defense of class action asserting that retail store employees were not paid for all compensable time worked.

Janeice Thomas v. Checksmart Financial
Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Sacramento
Currently representing retail lender in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Desiree Gilberg v. California Check Cashing Stores, et al.
Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Sacramento
Currently representing retail lender in class action asserting unpaid wages.
 
Garmaliel Aguirre, et al. v. Genesis Logistics, et al.
United States District Court, Central District of California
Currently representing logistics firm in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Monica Torres, et al. v. Genesis Logistics, Inc.
Superior Court of the State of California, County of Orange
Currently representing logistics firm in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Markia Sims, et al. v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., et al.
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
Currently representing telecommunications company in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Barbara A. Davenport v. Time Warner Cable, Inc.
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division
Currently representing telecommunications company in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Daylon Howard, et al. v. Time Warner Cable, Inc, et al.
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
Currently representing telecommunications company in class action asserting unpaid wages.

Firm Publications
News
Blog Posts
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Speaking Engagements
  • “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Employment and Class Actions Update,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 4, 2014
  • 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
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