Peter E. Davids
Peter Davids is a highly effective litigator who handles case-dispositive motions and critical appeals. In trial courts, he routinely drafts briefs that dispose of class actions and other major litigation on the pleadings, at the class certification stage, or on summary judgment. Peter also has extensive appellate experience, having briefed and argued many civil appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in the California appellate courts.Most recently, Peter successfully defended California wineries accused of selling "dangerous" wines with trace amounts of arsenic, obtaining dismissal of several federal class actions at the pleadings stage. Peter also helped Mattel and Fisher-Price defeat bids to certify consumer class actions in federal courts in California and Alabama. Peter also 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 regularly argues before the Ninth Circuit and currently has appeals pending before the California Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of California.