Ethan Z. Davis

Partner

Mr. Davis has extensive experience litigating complex business, corporate, and partnership disputes. Mr. Davis has brought and defended numerous cases in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and New York on behalf of a wide variety of clients that include Fortune 500 companies, multinational banks, investment advisers, Big Four accounting firms, as well as much smaller companies, universities, start-ups, and individual litigants. Mr. Davis has successfully represented clients in matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, construction and real estate disputes, freeze outs and partnership disputes, breach of non-compete agreements, whistleblower claims, employment discrimination claims, and appellate matters.

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Education And Distinctions

  • Clerkship, Hon. Denny Chin, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Clerkship, Hon. Denny Chin, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, Order of the Coif; Member Fordham Law Review
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Psychology
  • Named a New England Super Lawyer® from 2013-2018
  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star in 2011 and 2012

More About Ethan Z. Davis

In addition to his private practice background, Ethan Davis also has extensive experience clerking in Federal Court. Mr. Davis first served as a law clerk to the Hon. Denny Chin in the United States District Court for Southern District of New York in 2003-2004. When Judge Chin was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2010, Mr. Davis returned to New York to clerk during Judge Chin’s transition from the Southern District of New York to the Second Circuit.

Prior to joining FITCH, Mr. Davis practiced at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York for three years and at Goodwin Procter in Boston for three years.

Cases of Note

  • Successfully represented financial institution in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claim brought by disgruntled former employee.
  • Successfully defended national bank against multi-million dollar claims for alleged mismanagement of investment portfolio and obtained dismissal of lawsuit with prejudice, which ruling was affirmed by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims alleging tortious interference with sale of dental practice against national corporation that provided financing and support to dental practices.
  • Represented publicly traded cloud computing company in action brought by former sales representative for allegedly unpaid commissions and obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims.
  • Achieved multi-million dollar judgment for plaintiff who had been victim of real estate fraud.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for clients in multiple partnership disputes and freeze outs, including obtaining an outstanding settlement against the majority owners of a close corporation after successfully defeating a motion for summary judgment.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for condominium purchaser who had been defrauded by condominium developer.
  • Successfully represented homeowners in construction defect and abandonment claims against general contractors, obtaining multiple favorable settlements.
  • Successfully defended clients against claims under the Massachusetts Wage Act.
  • Successfully represented family members in disputes over family-owned business involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty against other family members.

Teaching and Publications

  • K. Kusiak and E. Davis, "Gaining the Advantage in Close-Corporation Disputes: Examining Key Differences between Massachusetts and Delaware Fiduciary Duty Law," 97 Mass. L. Rev. 23 (2015)

Professional Activities and Associations

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Admitted to the Massachusetts and New York state bars, the United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuit.

Testimonials

  • "Ethan helped me through a challenging period, ending a business partnership that went sour quite fast. By the time I'd reached out to Ethan, conversations were no longer productive. He handled the negotiations in a wonderfully tactful manner and did an excellent job diffusing a tense situation without giving in. I would recommend Ethan in a heartbeat to anyone needing to deal with a difficult business relationship."
  • "I had the pleasure of working with Ethan on a workplace disability discrimination matter that he successfully resolved. I had felt as if I was facing overwhelming odds, but Ethan's advocacy quickly brought my former employer to the bargaining table. Ethan and his firm provide just the right mix of personal attention and expertise to champion such tough cases and it is my pleasure to recommend him."
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S.News & World Report | 2018
  • Preeminent AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability