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Peter E. Davids
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  • Stanford University (J.D. 2003); University of California, Berkeley (M.A. 1987; B.A. 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Judicial Clerk to Hon. A. Wallace Tashima, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2003-2004)

Peter Davids has a 12-year record of securing favorable results defending clients in consumer class actions, False Claims Act cases, and other high-stakes litigation. He has particular experience defending against claims brought under California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL), False Advertising Law (FAL), and Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). He routinely drafts briefs that dispose of major litigation on the pleadings, at the class certification stage, or on summary judgment. Peter also has extensive appellate experience.

Most recently, Peter successfully defended California wineries accused of selling "dangerous" wines with trace amounts of arsenic, obtaining dismissal of several federal class actions and a California class action at the pleadings stage. He also helped Mattel and Fisher-Price defeat bids to certify consumer class actions in federal courts in California and Alabama. Peter led the briefing team for BSH Home Appliances Corporation in a consumer class action, which Jones Day took over and successfully resolved after the district court certified multiple statewide classes. Among Peter's notable appellate achievements, he successfully petitioned for review and wrote the winning briefs on the merits in Diaz v. Carcamo, 51 Cal. 4th 1148 (2011), in which the California Supreme Court reversed a $22.5 million jury verdict against the defendant.

Peter maintains an active pro bono practice, representing indigent clients in appeals before the Ninth Circuit as well as unaccompanied Central American children in asylum proceedings.

Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • Named a Northern California "rising star" (2009 and 2010) and a Southern California "rising star" (2012 and 2013) in the field of appellate litigation by Super Lawyers magazine
Peter Davids