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John E. DavidsonEmployment Lawyer

John has more than 25 years of practice experience, focusing chiefly on two areas of law: 

Employment Law

His work includes cases involving unpaid overtime (FLSA), sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, non-compete disputes, and many others. He also advises clients about a wide variety of employment-related concerns, ranging from employment contracts and separation agreements to counseling regarding difficult and sensitive employment problems.

John also has considerable experience assisting doctors and other healthcare providers in matters arising from their employment.  This includes employment contracts, non-competes, internal investigations, and Department of Health Professions issues.


His work includes appeals involving personal injury, complex civil litigation, employment, and many other areas of law.  John has handled appeals regarding a wide variety of cutting-edge legal issues.  Previous appeals he has handled involve issues including summary judgment, spoliation of evidence, Medicaid reimbursements in personal injury settlements, bankruptcy, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, federal conspiracy law, jury selection, expert witnesses, challenges to local court rules, and many others.


John is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.  Upon graduation, the faculty bestowed upon him the Earle K. Shawe Labor Relations Award as the graduate with the greatest promise in the field of labor relations. Following a clerkship with a federal judge, Mr. Davidson practiced with a large national law firm, McGuireWoods LLP. In 2000, he co-founded Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC with another McGuireWoods lawyer

Much of John’s work comes from referrals from other lawyers, including the family members and personal friends of those lawyers. Most of the rest of his new clients come from referrals from former and current clients, which he is always very pleased to receive. While John is an experienced courtroom lawyer, many of his clients prefer to resolve their matters confidentially outside of court. John is always pleased to help a client achieve the client’s goals with discretion and care.

Professional Background

John has been honored to receive numerous professional recognitions, including:

  • Named a Legal Elite® by Virginia Business magazine
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, which also recently named John “Lawyer of the Year” for “Employment Law – Individuals” in the area 
  • Named a “Go-To Lawyer” for Employment Law in 2021 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, one of only six lawyers in Virginia with a focus on assisting individual employees on the list
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale, the organization’s highest rating for skill and ethics
  • Elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

Speaking and Writing 

Bar groups and other organizations frequently ask John to give presentations on a variety of legal topics, and he often teaches continuing legal education courses to other lawyers. A sampling of his speaking engagements includes presentations on topics such as:

  • Non-competition and fiduciary duty in employment
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Sexual harassment
  • The new Virginia Court of Appeals
  • Preserving errors for appeal 
  • Physician employment contracts


For more than 20 years, John has been a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. John also is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association’s Employment Law Council, the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Section, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s amicus curiae committee.

To inquire about scheduling a consultation with John, please call at (434) 972-9600 or email us using the form below.

Please note that the use of our contact form does not create an attorney-client relationship and therefore there is no attorney-client protection for the information you choose to submit to us.  As such, please do not submit any confidential or privileged information in the contact form.

We are located in Charlottesville, but our lawyers handle cases in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Greene County, Fluvanna County, Louisa County, Nelson County, Madison County, Orange County, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and across Virginia.

Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC
413 7th ST NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone:  (434) 972-9600
Fax:  (434) 220-0011


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