Joshua P. Davis

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Joshua P. Davis is Of Counsel at the Joseph Saveri Law Firm and is Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2013-2017. He is a former partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.

Joshua is one of the foremost scholars in the country on private antitrust enforcement and class certification in antitrust cases. He has done award-winning original empirical and theoretical analysis of private antitrust cases, and his scholarship has been cited by federal appellate and trial courts. He has published dozens of law review articles on such topics as private antitrust enforcement, class certification, legal ethics, jury instructions, and injunctive relief, as well as on free speech doctrine, jurisprudence, and artificial intelligence and the law.

Joshua has been retained by plaintiffs’ counsel to brief and argue before federal appellate courts in antitrust cases. He has also briefed and argued motions to dismiss, for class certification, to exclude expert testimony, and for summary judgment in Magnetic Iron Oxide Antitrust Litigation, Truck Card Antitrust Litigation, In re Lidoderm Antitrust Litigation, In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation, In re Restasis Antitrust Litigation, and Le v. Zuffa, among other cases.

Joshua regularly presents at academic conferences on civil procedure, class certification, legal ethics, class action ethics, antitrust litigation, and artificial intelligence and the law. He has made presentations, among other places, at the Northern District of California Judicial Conference, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the California Department of Justice, the American Bar Association, the American Antitrust Institute, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Federal Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Pound Institute, the International Legal Ethics Conference, the American Association of Law Schools, Georgetown University School of Law, George Washington University School of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, University of Oklahoma School of Law, California Western School of Law, U.C. Hastings School of Law, Lewis & Clark School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, City Law School London, University of Haifa, and Stanford Law School.

In addition to the University of San Francisco School of Law, Joshua has taught at Willamette Law School and Georgetown University School of Law. He organizes the Bay Area Civil Procedure Forum, an academic forum co-sponsored by Berkeley Law School, Stanford Law School, U.C. Hastings Law School, and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Joshua regularly provides legal commentary in print, radio and television media. He helped organize the 2019 release of the 2018 Antitrust Report: Class Action Filings in Federal Court, issued by The Huntington National Bank and the University of San Francisco School of Law, which surveyed the antitrust field covering 2013-2018. In 2019, he also spoke at the University of Haifa’s (Israel) 3rd International Conference: Dispute Resolution of Consumer Mass Disputes, Collective Redress, Class Action, and ADR. He has testified before Congress on civil procedure and was the reporter for the task force and committee that drafted the California Supreme Court rules governing multijurisdictional practice. He also serves on the Board of the American Antitrust Institute.

Joshua serviced as a law clerk to Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school at New York University, he received the Frank H. Sommer Award for top general scholarship and achievement in class and was Senior Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review.