Stuart A. Davidson
“I zealously fight for the rights of defrauded consumers and aggrieved shareholders, whether the case is big or small.”
Stuart Davidson has tried over 30 jury trials in his legal career. Since joining the Firm in 2004, he has obtained multi-million dollar recoveries for healthcare providers, consumers and shareholders.
Before joining the Firm in 2004, Mr. Davidson was an associate with the law firm of Geller Rudman, PLLC in Boca Raton, where he also concentrated his practice on the prosecution of class actions. At Geller Rudman, Mr. Davidson handled numerous cases on behalf of shareholders of public corporations whose shares were to be acquired through leveraged buyouts, mergers, tender offers, and other “change of control” transactions, as well as derivative lawsuits filed against corporate boards, seeking to impose corporate governance reforms aimed at protecting shareholders and eliminating corporate waste and abuse. Mr. Davidson also represented consumers in numerous cases in which allegations of consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices were alleged.
Prior to joining Geller Rudman, Mr. Davidson was an associate at a private law firm in Boca Raton, Florida, where he gained substantial experience in all aspects of securities litigation, including, among other things, SEC and NASD enforcement proceedings, securities regulatory proceedings by state and self-regulatory organizations, federal criminal securities fraud prosecutions, federal securities appellate litigation, and NASD customer arbitration proceedings, as well as acting as counsel for court-appointed receivers in complex federal securities and franchise litigation proceedings. In addition, Mr. Davidson is an experienced trial lawyer, having been a former lead assistant public defender in the Felony Division of the Broward County, Florida Public Defender’s Office. During his tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Davidson tried over 30 jury trials, conducted hundreds of depositions, handled numerous evidentiary hearings, engaged in extensive motion practice, and defended individuals charged with major crimes ranging from third-degree felonies to life and capital felonies.
A substantial portion of Mr. Davidson’s time is currently devoted to the representation of investors in class actions involving mergers and acquisitions and in prosecuting derivative lawsuits on behalf of public corporations. Mr. Davidson was co-lead counsel in In re UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which settled for $25 million just weeks before trial, and was co-lead counsel in In re Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, which recovered $11.5 million for former Winn-Dixie shareholders following the corporate buyout by BI-LO, the largest merger and acquisition recovery in Florida history. Mr. Davidson is also actively involved in prosecuting a number of consumer fraud cases throughout the nation. Mr. Davidson also served as class counsel in Kehoe v. Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, a consumer class action alleging privacy violations filed in the Southern District of Florida, which was settled for $50 million. In addition, Mr. Davidson served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in In re Pet Food Products Liability Litigation, a multidistrict consumer class action in the District of New Jersey, where Mr. Davidson represented thousands of aggrieved pet owners nationwide against some of the nation’s largest pet food manufacturers, distributors and retailers, and which settled for $24 million. Mr. Davidson also recently served as class counsel in several class actions brought on behalf of Florida emergency healthcare providers, which resulted in a seminal decision by a Florida appeals court affirming a private right of action, Peter F. Merkle, M.D., P.A. v. Health Options, Inc., 940 So. 2d 1190 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006), and settled for substantial increases in reimbursement rates and millions of dollars in past damages for the class.
Some of Mr. Davidson’s recent representative cases include: Lesti v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 960 F. Supp. 2d 1311 (M.D. Fla. 2013); In re Sony Gaming Networks & Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., 903 F. Supp. 2d 942 (S.D. Cal. 2012); In re Clorox Consumer Litig., 894 F. Supp. 2d 1224 (N.D. Cal. 2012); In re Compellent Techs, Inc. S’holder Litig., No. 6084-VCL, 2011 WL 6382523 (Del. Ch. Dec. 9, 2011); All Family Clinic of Daytona Beach, Inc. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 448 F. App’x 906 (11th Cir. 2011); In re Pet Food Prods. Liab. Litig., 629 F.3d 333 (3d Cir. 2010); Penzer v. Transp. Ins. Co., 605 F.3d 1112 (11th Cir. 2010); Penzer v. Transp. Ins. Co., 29 So. 3d 1000 (Fla. 2010); Frankle v. Best Buy Stores, L.P., 609 F. Supp. 2d 841 (D. Minn. 2009); In re NationsRent Rental Fee Litig., No. 06-60924-CIV, 2009 WL 636188 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 24, 2009); Neighborhood Health P’ship, Inc. v. Peter F. Merkle, M.D., P.A., 8 So. 3d 1180 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009); Tampa Serv. Co. v. Hartigan, 966 So. 2d 465 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007); Kehoe v. Fid. Fed. Bank & Trust, 421 F.3d 1209 (11th Cir. 2005); In re JCC Holding Co. S’holder Litig., 843 A.2d 713 (Del. Ch. 2003).
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D., 1996, summa cum laude
- Graduated in the top 3% of his class
- Associate Editor, Nova Law Review
- Recipient of Book Awards (highest grade) in Trial Advocacy, Criminal Pretrial Practice, and International Law
State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A., 1993, Political Science
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
- United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
- United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana