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

Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court
Bankruptcy Court of Oregon
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
State Bar of California 
U.S. District Courts - Central, Southern, 
Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Bankruptcy Court of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Representative Matters
• Several representations on behalf of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), including in multi-million dollar federal litigation, an employment matter, and as third-party witness in Rosenblum v. Oracle America, Inc.

• In 2017, obtained $1,200,000 federal jury verdict on behalf of insurance marketing company suing for business interference with team of former sales contractors.

• In 2017, defeated $12,000,000 business interference and Oregon RICO claim against solar company and its principals through anti-SLAPP motion practice.

• Representing Oregon landowner sued in 70-defendant federal civil RICO action in connection with cultivation of medical marijuana.

• In 2017, defeated $5,000,000 defamation and interference claims brought by major automotive chain and recovered client's attorney fees and costs.

• Representing the Plaintiff in a First Amendment retaliation matter against an Oregon municipality.

• In 2017, defended toy company against copyright claim brought by competitor.  Resolved for a fraction of the demand.

• In 2016, represented several businesses before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board in connection with disputes concerning trademark registrations.

• In 2016, obtained judgment as a matter of law at trial 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
2009, 2014-2017 Oregon Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation
2014 - 2017 Oregon Rising Star®
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

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)
Untitled program on civil RICO, Multnomah Bar Association (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

Oregon State Bar
U.S. District Court
Bankruptcy Court of Oregon
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
State Bar of California 
U.S. District Courts - Central, Southern, 
Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Bankruptcy Court of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Honors
2009, 2014-2017 Oregon Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation
2014 - 2017 Oregon Rising Star®
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

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
• Several representations on behalf of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), including in multi-million dollar federal litigation, an employment matter, and as third-party witness in Rosenblum v. Oracle America, Inc.

• In 2017, obtained $1,200,000 federal jury verdict on behalf of insurance marketing company suing for business interference with team of former sales contractors.

• In 2017, defeated $12,000,000 business interference and Oregon RICO claim against solar company and its principals through anti-SLAPP motion practice.

• Representing Oregon landowner sued in 70-defendant federal civil RICO action in connection with cultivation of medical marijuana.

• In 2017, defeated $5,000,000 defamation and interference claims brought by major automotive chain and recovered client's attorney fees and costs.

• Representing the Plaintiff in a First Amendment retaliation matter against an Oregon municipality.

• In 2017, defended toy company against copyright claim brought by competitor.  Resolved for a fraction of the demand.

• In 2016, represented several businesses before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board in connection with disputes concerning trademark registrations.

• In 2016, obtained judgment as a matter of law at trial 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)
Untitled program on civil RICO, Multnomah Bar Association (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