Amy E. Davis


Amy E. Davis

Amy E. Davis

“I take an aggressive approach to representing my clients. I control the pace of litigation to keep my opponents on their heels. And I know the Devil’s in the details. That’s why I approach my work with a fine-tooth comb, obtaining the information I need to evaluate disputes — and identify possible solutions — early on. This approach often leads to early resolution, either through summary judgment or settlement.”

Amy E. Davis
Partner/Shareholder
Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law
adavis@cdfirm.com
Phone: (214) 838-3501 ext 2
Fax: (972) 332-2306
Blog: The Velvet Hammer

AV Preeminent

Areas of Practice
  • Employment & Labor
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Professional Liability Consumer Finance/
    Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Lender Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trade Secret and other
    Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Business Torts

Profile

Amy E. Davis is a trial lawyer for businesses and professionals. She is always ready to try a case, but is also adept at helping her clients stay out of lawsuits. While her practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and commercial litigation, she also represents corporate clients in matters involving breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation and overtime classification, theft of trade secrets, professional malpractice, fiduciary duty, lending liability and other issues.

Ms. Davis has handled many high-profile legal disputes, including representing the plaintiff Leanne Siri, formerly the highest ranking female civilian executive with the Dallas Fire Rescue Department, in a sexual harassment claim against the City of Dallas.

Her legal successes encompass a broad scope of the law, from securities litigation – where she has both defended and prosecuted non-compete/trade secret cases and securities fraud cases – to product liability, where she helped to favorably resolve a half-billion-dollar products liability suit arising from a pipeline rupture.

Media representatives often seek Ms. Davis’ comments not just on her own cases, but also on a variety of legal issues of the day. Her comments on labor and employment disputes involving the NFL and NBA players were featured by the Dallas Business Journal and KDFW-TV FOX 4 News in Dallas.

In addition to multiple honors on the list of Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars, Ms. Davis’ professional honors include selection to numerous best lawyers lists compiled by Texas Lawyer and D Magazine. She is a prolific author and speaker regarding online social networks and the challenges they present for companies.

Representative Experience

  • National counsel for employment and other business disputes for publicly traded company
  • General employment counseling and training, including employee handbooks and document retention policies
  • Workplace investigations of all sorts, including wage and hourly employee classification and employee visa audits
  • Defense of publicly traded and privately held businesses in breach of contract, consumer protection, debt collection, lending liability, false advertising, business disparagement, Lanham act, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and many other business disputes in all types of forums, including regulatory agencies, arbitration, state and federal, and bankruptcy court cases
  • Defense of publicly traded and privately held companies as well as officers and directors in securities, fiduciary duty, requests for books and records, and shareholder oppression cases
  • Defense of accounting, investment, securities, insurance, legal, and other professionals in malpractice suits and grievances

Representative Outcomes

  • Multiple successful jury verdicts and bench trials in state and federal court in various types of business-related cases, including high stakes, multimillion-dollar disputes
  • Multiple partial and complete summary judgments in employment cases filed in both state and federal court
  • Obtained dismissal of multiple administrative charges of discrimination, including those before the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Civil Rights Division; Illinois Department of Labor; Texas Workforce Commission; and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Obtained dismissal of an administrative proceeding before the State Board of Public Accountancy for accounting firm in a very contentious malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty case
  • Dismissal with prejudice of breach of contract and fraudulent inducement claims related to the Beijing Olympics and filed against international luxury sports travel agency in federal court
  • Summary judgment and an award of attorneys’ fees in state court for a Texas church that was sued for an audit of books and records under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. The court found the suit was a pretense to obtain purely ecclesiastical materials and ruled that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
  • Summary judgment for local accounting firm in multimillion dollar auditing malpractice case whereby plaintiffs claimed the accounting firm engaged in fraud and conspiracy with audit customers
  • Special appearance and dismissal with prejudice for New York law firm in legal professional liability action filed in federal court
  • Summary judgment in federal court in medical device defect case
  • Defense and prosecution of non-compete/trade secret actions in state and federal court seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief
  • Successful settlement negotiation in all types of cases with as much as half a billion dollars at issue

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Fifth Circuit of Appeals Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, summa cum laude, from Oklahoma City University, 1995
  • Juris Doctor Degree, University of Virginia School of Law, 1998

Awards & Recognitions

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, Building a More Inclusive Workplace, AAFES, June 25, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, SMU Employment Law, September 4, 2012
  • Lead Author, Guide To Protecting and Litigating Trade Secrets, American Bar Association, August 2012
  • Panelist, “Examination of the Latest Trends and Diversity Efforts,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 14, 2012
  • Moderator, ABA Mortgage Servicer Settlement Webinar, May 2012
  • Speaker, “Top Ten Ways to Get Disbarred Using Social Media,” DFW Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association, April 2012
  • Speaker, “You Can’t Say That on Facebook—Or Can You? Update on Social Media Policies After NLRB Guidance Memo of February 2012,” Cash America, March 2012
  • Speaker, “SNS: r u ready?” North Texas Paralegal Association, July 14, 2011
  • Speaker, “SNS: Goldmine and Landmine,” National Association of Insurance Counsel, June 2011
  • Speaker, “Social Media for Lawyers: r u ready?” Dallas Gay & Lesbian Bar Association, November 17, 2011
  • Panelist, Texas Lawyer’s Labor & Employment Roundtable, April 28, 2011
  • Co-Author, “The Hot Seat: Ethics When In-House Counsel Testifies,” Dallas Bar Associations, Headnotes, March 1, 2011
  • Panelist, “Networking Nightmares: How Internet Social & Professional Networks are Risky Business,” PLUS Texas Chapter CLE, September 2010
  • Panelist, Discussion of Business Development, DAYL Summer CLE Day, July 29, 2010
  • Author, “Considerations and Challenges for Firms and Attorneys,” For the Defense, May 2010
  • Speaker, “How Internet Social and Professional Networks Are Risky Business for Employees and Employers,” Dallas Area Paralegal Association, March 16, 2010
  • Author, “A Young Lawyer’s Guide to the Viability of Arbitration,” ABA Section of Litigation Committee on Commercial & Business Litigation, Spring 2009
  • Speaker, “Subprime Crises: Understanding Liability and Impact on Underwriting,” PLUS Texas Chapter CLE, September 2008
  • Co-Author and Speaker, “Keeping It Real: Making White Collar Defendants Blue Collar Friendly,” ABA Center for Continuing CLE Teleseminar, June 17, 2008
  • Speaker, HRC Diversity Workshop on Gender Identity and Gender Expression, November 14, 2007
  • Chair, Moderator, and Panelist, Second Annual DAYL Diversity and Inclusion Forum, November 9, 2007
  • Speaker, “Adopting Strategies to Minimize Professional Liability,” Halfmoon’s Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure Seminar, November 8, 2007
  • Moderator and Co-Chair, Dinner & Dialogue program sponsored by the DAYL Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee, March 2006
  • Regional Editor, “Unfair Trade Practices: A Compendium of State Law,” printed by the Defense Research Institute Publications, Winter 2005
  • Panelist, DAYL Roundtable Debate & Discussion, November 2005
  • Co-Author, “Profiles in Diversity — More Than Gender and Race: A Case Study of How One Law Firm Markets the Diverse Backgrounds of Its Attorneys,” October 2005
  • Panelist, “Diversity & Business Development: A Panel Perspective,” Legal Marketing Association Southeastern Chapter’s City Group’s meeting, sponsored by Texas Lawyer, August 16, 2005
  • Chair, moderator and panelist, First Annual Lambda Legal Diversity Forum, June 24, 2005
  • Author, “Too Much Too Late: Unintended Consequences of Texas Securities Class-Action Reform,” Texas Lawyer, May 2005
  • Speaker, “The Pitfalls of the New Office Cooler: Employers, E-mail and the Internet,” Hermes Sargent Bates, Employment Law Conference, 2005
  • Co-Author, “Corporate Sleuthing: Surveillance of Employee Activity to Avoid Disclosure of Trade Secrets,” ABA Litigation Section Annual Conference, April 2005
  • Speaker, “The One-Two Punch: Lobbying and Impact Litigation in the Fight for Civil Rights,” ACLU, February 2005

Memberships

  • Sustaining Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, an invitation-only position extended annually to only one third of 1% of Texas attorneys. One of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the State Bar. Nomination is based on outstanding contributions to the legal profession and community service. Once nominees are selected, each nominee must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. 2008-Present
  • Barrister, Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, 2006-2009
  • Dallas Young Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, Lawyers Promoting Diversity, 2004-2007
  • Ex officio member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Board of Directors, 2006
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, Legal Professionalism and Ethics Committee
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Commercial & Business Litigation’s Professional Liability subcommittee, 2007-2009
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair, Commercial & Business Litigation’s Trade Secret subcommittee, 2004-2007
  • Ex officio member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Board of Directors, 2006
  • Women’s Sports Foundation, Member of host and planning committee for the fundraiser with Sheryl Swoopes to combat teenage pregnancy, high school and college drop outs, obesity, and other obstacles faced by today’s female youth, through sports opportunities
  • Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City University, Director
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, an invitation-only honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys, 2008-Present

Community Service

  • Lambda Legal, Board Member, 2007-2012
  • Lambda Legal, Member National Leadership Council, 2006
  • Lambda Legal, Co-Chair, DFW Leadership Committee, 2005-Present
  • Women’s Business Network, General Counsel, 2002
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters, 1998-2001
  • Kick-Off Breakfast for Lambda Legal’s National Day of Action, National Council Member, planner and participant, enlisted more than 75 national and local companies –  many Fortune 500 – to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion through action on May 17, 2007.
  • Child Abuse Prevention, Co-Chair, Voices for Children Breakfast 2007

Pro Bono

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • DBA eMentoring Program
  • DBA Lawyers In School Program
  • Evaluator, ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition, 2013

Personal

Amy’s parents lived in Scurry, Texas—a small town Southeast of Dallas—when she was born. After serving two tours in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Amy’s father joined the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a job that moved her family to various parts of the country. Amy came home to Dallas to practice law in May 1998. When she’s not slaying dragons for her clients, she spends time with her four-legged children, writing and reading fiction, collecting art (she dabbles a little herself; her grandmother was an artist) and smelling the roses.