Juliet Davison

Juliet Davison has been practicing law for over 25 years and founded DAVISON LAW in 2008 after a number of years as a partner at the Boston trial firm of Todd & Weld LLP and several years with the national firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, Juliet has a broad litigation background and deep experience representing individuals and companies in the trial and appellate courts, before agencies and in mediation and arbitration.

Juliet has successfully represented employers and employees in a wide range of employment disputes and issues. In 2013, she defeated a motion for preliminary injunction brought by a company president to remove a company executive in a family-owned business where both parties were shareholders. In 2012, she obtained the enforcement of a two-year restrictive covenant in the highly competitive medical device industry against an employee who had left the company’s employ 15 months earlier and defeated the enforcement of a non-competition agreement in that same industry only a few months prior. Juliet is experienced in bringing and defending a wide array of employment-related claims, including claims for enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and other restrictive covenants, claims for gender, race, disability and age discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, claims for violations of the wage and hour laws and claims under the Family Medical Leave Act. Juliet regularly advises employers and employees with respect to their legal rights and obligations and frequently represents clients in the drafting and negotiation of employment, termination and severance agreements. She has achieved six figure settlements for numerous employee clients.

Juliet frequently represents individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and other fiduciaries in disputes concerning estates and trusts, including the management and administration thereof, the duties of fiduciaries and the interpretation of trust and estate planning instruments. In 2013, she achieved a settlement resulting in a professional trustee paying $12 million in trust funds outright to her client. In 2012, in a case of first impression, the Appeals Court upheld the Probate Court’s ruling in favor of Juliet’s client that a guardian who transferred funds of her ward to a trust after his death acted unlawfully and was required to repay those funds to the decedent’s estate. Juliet has brought and prevailed in numerous proceedings to remove fiduciaries of trusts and estate and has appeared in numerous actions where she has uncovered egregious wrongdoing by fiduciaries including forged and facially invalid instruments.

Juliet has a wealth of experience in all aspects of business litigation including shareholder disputes in closely-held corporations, partnership disputes, claims for breach of contract, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and claims for unfair and deceptive trade practices in violation of M. G. L. c. 93A. In 2013, representing a 50% shareholder in a closely-held business, Juliet defeated the company president’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to enforce management decisions which were contrary to her client’s votes. In 2011, in a closely-held family business dispute, she obtained a multi-million dollar settlement of minority shareholder freeze-out claims, resulting in her client being bought out of the business.

Education:

  • J.D., University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), 1990
  • B.A., Brown University, 1985
  • Juliet is fluent in French and received the French baccalaureat from the Lycee Francais d’Antananarivo with “mention bien” before attending Brown

Practice Areas:

  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Fiduciary and Probate Litigation

Recognition:

  • Selected a ‘2013 Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment‘ by the distinguished publications of American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyers recognized in multiple years in Employment Law, in Trust and Estate Litigation and in Business Litigation.
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards

Admissions:

  • New York (1991)
  • Massachusetts (1993)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Memberships:

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association – MA Chapter
  • Boston Inn of Court

Civic and Charitable Activity:

  • Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Solo/Small Firm Section of the Boston Bar Association
  • Secretary of the Board of DIrectors of the Federal Bar Association – MA Chapter
  • Volunteer/Rosie’s Place
  • Volunteer/Hospitality Homes
  • Trial Advisor for the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshops 2008-2012