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John E. DavidsonEmployment Lawyer

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, John practiced with McGuireWoods LLP, one of the largest firms in America and the largest firm in Virginia. He then co-founded Davidson & Kitzmann, PLC with another McGuireWoods lawyer.

John is a highly experienced courtroom lawyer, having been trying cases and handling appeals in federal and state courts for over 27 years. However, many of his clients prefer to resolve their matters confidentially outside of court. He is always pleased to help a client achieve the client’s goals with discretion and care. Most of John’s work comes from referrals from other lawyers and from former and current clients, but all are welcome.


Professional Background

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

  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale, its highest rating for skill and ethics
  • Named a Legal Elite® by Virginia Business magazine for over 15 years
  • 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 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, one of only six lawyers in Virginia with a focus on assisting individual employees on the list
  • Listed in “Virginia SuperLawyers” for over 15 years
  • Elected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America

John’s practice spans the areas of employment law, appeals, healthcare professionals, and high-stakes disputes.


Employment Law

John was initially trained as a management-side employment lawyer with one of the largest firms in the United States. John then formed his own firm and began representing employees over 20 years ago.

He handles wrongful discharge, unfair discipline, sexual harassment, executive and physician employment contracts, employment counseling, severance agreements, unpaid compensation and overtime, and many others.



John handles appeals regarding a wide variety of cutting-edge legal issues. His appellate work has included issues involving summary judgment, spoliation of evidence, personal injury, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, federal criminal law, expert witnesses, challenges to local court rules, and many others.


Healthcare Professionals

John assists doctors and other healthcare providers in a variety of matters, including employment contracts, non-competes, internal investigations, Title IX matters, and Department of Health Professions (Board of Medicine) investigations.


High-Stakes Matters

High-stakes matters involve cases that may change the direction of someone’s education, career, or life. They can come from any number of vectors. Recent high-stakes matters John has handled include representing parties in Title IX hearings, assisting lawyers facing Virginia State Bar investigations, representing physicians with drug diversion problems, and assisting material witnesses and targets of federal grand juries.


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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