Clifford S. Davidson

Partner

1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1653 Direct

Assistant: Kerri L. Bacon: 503.243.1661 x 153

Practice Areas
Overview

Cliff is a commercial trial lawyer.  Throughout his career, he has focused on commercial contract disputes, class action defense, entertainment and intellectual property litigation (including TTAB and WIPO proceedings), First Amendment litigation, counseling in the areas of privacy and data security, and insurance coverage. 

Cliff has served as litigation counsel for IBM, Bob's Red Mill, Viacom, MBIA, Astra Oil Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Willamette Week, Cornell University, AT&T Take-Two Interactive, the American Bar Association, the Anti-Defamation League, and Community Health Plan of Washington.

Prior to joining Sussman Shank, Cliff practiced at Proskauer Rose and Kendall Brill & Kelly, both in Los Angeles.

Education
A.B., Government, Harvard University, cum laude
J.D., University of Michigan Law School 
Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Courts 
    Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Washington State Bar
Representative Matters
  • Representing International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in multi-million dollar federal litigation, and represented IBM as a third-party witness in Rosenblum v. Oracle America, Inc.
  • Representing defendant in anti-SLAPP/defamation matter.
  • Representing the Plaintiff in a First Amendment retaliation matter against an Oregon municipality.
  • In 2016, obtained dismissal of purported class action filed by 1,400 former independent contractors against their former company.  Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • In 2016, represented several businesses before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board in connection with disputes concerning trademark registrations.
  • In 2016, tried and won federal lawsuit on behalf of a national law firm accused of breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a promissory note.  Settled matter after judgment for full judgment amount and most of our client's attorneys' fees.
  • In 2016, represented trucking and warehousing company in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matter.
  • In 2015 and 2016, represented defendant in architectural copyright litigation, settling the case for a fraction of the demand.
  • From 2014 to the present, represented life insurance marketing company in connection with trade secret and non-solicitation/non-compete matters being litigated in several jurisdictions.
  • From 2013 to 2015, represented an oil company as plaintiff in a complicated, multinational fraudulent transfer matter.
  • In addition to the above examples, Cliff has represented clients in matters involving breach of contract; class action defense; speech and religious exercise, including the First Amendment, defamation and anti-SLAPP laws; employment; copyright; and privacy and data security. He has also assisted real estate agents advise their clients concerning the effects that litigation might have on the sale of a particular property.
Honors
One of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2014, National LGBT Bar Association
Rising Star, Law And Politics Magazine (Oregon and California)
Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal representation
Exceptional Performance Award, United States Government
2009, 2014-2016 Oregon Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation
2014-2016 Oregon Rising Star®
Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration/Mediation Panel, Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Civic Organizations
Oregon Repertory Singers
ACLU of Oregon Lawyers Committee
Publications
Creditors' Rights and Remedies (OSB Legal Pubs 2016 rev.), Chapter 5
Co-author, state law chapter of Proskauer on Privacy treatise, PLI Publishing
Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter newsletter, "Defending Against Claims of Trade Libel"
Various articles in Daily Journal (California) and Law 360
Various entries on Sussman Shank's Employment Law Blog
Articles
Speaking Engagements
Discovery CLE (2015)                                                                     
"Addressing Negative Online Reviews," Hotel Investor's Marketplace (December 2014)
"Yelp® Help:  Dealing with Online Reviews," Washington Lodging Association Annual Convention & Trade Show (November 2014)
"When the Political Process Meets Due Process: Perspectives on Judicial Elections," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference plenary session, Moderator and Panel Organizer (April 2014)
District of Oregon, 2017 District Conference (forthcoming)
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Practice Areas
Education
A.B., Government, Harvard University, cum laude
J.D., University of Michigan Law School 
Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Courts 
    Central, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Washington State Bar
Honors
One of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2014, National LGBT Bar Association
Rising Star, Law And Politics Magazine (Oregon and California)
Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal representation
Exceptional Performance Award, United States Government
2009, 2014-2016 Oregon Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation
2014-2016 Oregon Rising Star®

Clifford S. Davidson

Partner


1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1400
Portland, Oregon 97205

503.227.1111 Main
503.243.1653 Direct

Assistant: Kerri L. Bacon: 503.243.1661 x 153
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Cliff is a commercial trial lawyer.  Throughout his career, he has focused on commercial contract disputes, class action defense, entertainment and intellectual property litigation (including TTAB and WIPO proceedings), First Amendment litigation, counseling in the areas of privacy and data security, and insurance coverage. 

Cliff has served as litigation counsel for IBM, Bob's Red Mill, Viacom, MBIA, Astra Oil Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Willamette Week, Cornell University, AT&T Take-Two Interactive, the American Bar Association, the Anti-Defamation League, and Community Health Plan of Washington.

Prior to joining Sussman Shank, Cliff practiced at Proskauer Rose and Kendall Brill & Kelly, both in Los Angeles.

Representative Matters
  • Representing International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in multi-million dollar federal litigation, and represented IBM as a third-party witness in Rosenblum v. Oracle America, Inc.
  • Representing defendant in anti-SLAPP/defamation matter.
  • Representing the Plaintiff in a First Amendment retaliation matter against an Oregon municipality.
  • In 2016, obtained dismissal of purported class action filed by 1,400 former independent contractors against their former company.  Ninth Circuit appeal pending.
  • In 2016, represented several businesses before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board in connection with disputes concerning trademark registrations.
  • In 2016, tried and won federal lawsuit on behalf of a national law firm accused of breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with a promissory note.  Settled matter after judgment for full judgment amount and most of our client's attorneys' fees.
  • In 2016, represented trucking and warehousing company in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act matter.
  • In 2015 and 2016, represented defendant in architectural copyright litigation, settling the case for a fraction of the demand.
  • From 2014 to the present, represented life insurance marketing company in connection with trade secret and non-solicitation/non-compete matters being litigated in several jurisdictions.
  • From 2013 to 2015, represented an oil company as plaintiff in a complicated, multinational fraudulent transfer matter.
  • In addition to the above examples, Cliff has represented clients in matters involving breach of contract; class action defense; speech and religious exercise, including the First Amendment, defamation and anti-SLAPP laws; employment; copyright; and privacy and data security. He has also assisted real estate agents advise their clients concerning the effects that litigation might have on the sale of a particular property.
Speaking Engagements
Discovery CLE (2015)                                                                     
"Addressing Negative Online Reviews," Hotel Investor's Marketplace (December 2014)
"Yelp® Help:  Dealing with Online Reviews," Washington Lodging Association Annual Convention & Trade Show (November 2014)
"When the Political Process Meets Due Process: Perspectives on Judicial Elections," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference plenary session, Moderator and Panel Organizer (April 2014)
District of Oregon, 2017 District Conference (forthcoming)
Professional Organizations
Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration/Mediation Panel, Member
Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Civic Organizations
Oregon Repertory Singers
ACLU of Oregon Lawyers Committee