Don provides clients with representation and counsel on a broad range of employment matters. He has extensive experience handling issues pertaining to employment contracts, wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination, disability accommodations, retaliation, wrongful discharge claims, family and medical leave, defamation, and whistleblower rights.
Don has provided representation in litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution processes, and has negotiated a number of very favorable pre-litigation settlements for his clients. He has also defended employers before administrative agencies.
He has significant experience reviewing, negotiating, drafting, and counseling employees and executives on employment contracts, including employment agreements, consultant agreements, and non-competition agreements.
In addition, he works with companies to review and revise their employment policies and handbooks, train managers and employees on anti-harassment and other employment policies, and conduct internal investigations related to discrimination, wage and hour, and employment misconduct issues.
Prior to joining Mintz, Don was a senior associate at a law firm in Washington, DC and an associate for a boutique employment law firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has also worked for a North Carolina law firm specializing in bankruptcy matters.
“Don Davis was instrumental in limiting our liability of the case we hired him for. He knows his trade and was extremely professional throughout the case. I was extremely pleased with his response times and providing current updates. I would not hesitate to hire him again.” Ed Stewart, VP of Operations, US IP Communications.
- Ohio State University (JD)
- North Carolina State University (BA)
- Working with David Barmak, obtained unanimous panel decision at the Fourth Circuit affirming summary judgment in favor of "fast casual" restaurant chain.
- Represented a national, publicly traded clinical laboratory company, in defense of a federal court lawsuit filed by an ex-employee who alleged interference and retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and wrongful discharge.
- Corporate legal department experience as an employment law secondee to a large national employer in the health care industry.
- Along with David Barmak, successfully arbitrated claims involving unfair competition and breach of employment contract under state law.
- Successful mitigation of employment claims against a large multinational hospitality company through mediation.
Recognition & Awards
- Included on the Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2017 - 2018)
- Recognized among 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association (2015)
- President, LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2017 - present)
- SMYAL Board of Directors (2016 - present)