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 consumers, healthcare providers, and shareholders.
Stuart Davidson is a partner in the Firm’s Boca Raton office. His practice focuses on complex consumer class actions, including cases involving deceptive and unfair trade practices, privacy and data breach issues, as well as representing investors in class actions involving mergers and acquisitions, and prosecuting derivative lawsuits on behalf of public corporations.
Davidson served as class counsel in one of the earliest data breach cases, Kehoe v. Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust, where he represented half-a-million Florida drivers against a national bank for purchasing their private information from the state department of motor vehicles for marketing purposes, in violation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”). His efforts resulted in a seminal privacy decision on damages by the Eleventh Circuit, 421 F.3d 1209 (11th Cir. 2005), cert denied, 547 U.S. 1051 (2006), and after years of hard-fought litigation, including an appeal to the United States Supreme Court, he was able to obtain a $50 million recovery for the class. He was also integral in obtaining a settlement valued at $15 million in In re Sony Gaming Networks & Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, concerning claims related to the massive data breach of Sony’s PlayStation Network, and is actively involved in In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation, concerning Facebook’s alleged privacy through its collection of user’s biometric identifiers without informed consent, both cutting-edge nationwide privacy consumer class actions in California.
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. He also served as 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, and in In re AuthenTec, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, which recovered $10 million for former AuthenTec shareholders following a merger with Apple, the two largest merger and acquisition recoveries in Florida history. Davidson is also actively involved in prosecuting a number of consumer fraud cases throughout the nation. He currently serves as co-lead counsel for hundreds of retired NHL players in In re NHL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation in the District of Minnesota, serves as co-lead counsel on behalf of over one thousand retired NFL players in Evans v. Arizona Cardinals Football Club, LLC in the Northern District of California regarding the illegal distribution of painkillers and other drugs to players, and is actively assisting the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Litigation in the Northern District of California, a case involving Volkswagen’s worldwide emissions cheating scandal where Robbins Geller named partner Paul J. Geller was appointed to the PSC. Davidson previously 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 he 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. He also 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 Davidson’s notable cases include: Evans v. Ariz. Cardinals Football Club LLC, No. C 16-01030 WHA, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86207 (N.D. Cal. July 1, 2016); In re NHL Players’ Concussion Injury Litig., MDL No. 14-2551 (SRN/JSM), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65953 (D. Minn. May 18, 2016); In re NHL Players’ Concussion Injury Litig., MDL No. 14-2551 (SRN), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38755 (D. Minn. Mar. 25, 2015); Dumont v. Litton Loan Servicing, LP, No. 12 Civ. 2677 (ER), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29787 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 11, 2015); 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); and In re JCC Holding Co. S’holder Litig., 843 A.2d 713 (Del. Ch. 2003).
Before joining the Firm, Davidson was an associate with the law firm of Geller Rudman, PLLC in Boca Raton, where he concentrated his practice on the prosecution of class actions. At Geller Rudman, 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. Davidson also represented consumers in numerous cases in which allegations of consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices were alleged. Additionally, Davidson was an associate at a private law firm in Boca Raton, where he gained substantial experience in all aspects of securities litigation, including 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.
Davidson is 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, he 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. He has been quoted in numerous major media outlets regarding his cases, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, The Globe & Mail, and Law360, and is a frequent speaker at conferences involving class action practice and procedure.
Davidson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where he graduated summa cum laude in the top 3% of his class. While in law school Davidson was the Associate Editor for the Nova Law Review and was the recipient of Book Awards (highest grade) in Trial Advocacy, Criminal Pretrial Practice, and International Law.
Featured Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- HB Litigation Conferences’ Consumer Class Actions: Attorneys’ Fees, San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 5, 2016)
- HB Litigation Conferences’ Data Breach & Privacy Litigation Conference 2016: Recent Settlements and the Picture They Paint, San Francisco, California (Feb. 11, 2016)
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 Indiana
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
- May 6, 2016
- July 1, 2015
- March 26, 2015
- September 3, 2014
- June 30, 2014
- April 17, 2013