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Greenberg Traurig Expands Securities Litigation Practice with Addition of Donald S. Davidson in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - Oct. 20, 2015 – International law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP welcomes Donald S. Davidson, who joins the firm as a Securities Litigation shareholder in its San Francisco officeDavidson represents clients in litigation and in regulatory inquiries involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Department of Justice (DOJ), state securities regulators, and foreign securities regulators. Before joining the firm, Davidson worked as a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.

“Don brings incredible experience to the firm and to our clients,” said Bradford D. Kaufman, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Securities Litigation Group. “He offers clients a unique perspective due to his experience within the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as in-house with a leading financial services company, and as lead counsel in complex securities investigations and litigation.”

Davidson served as deputy chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where he gained experience prosecuting complex white collar crime cases, including RICO, international money laundering, tax, and public corruption matters. Prior to entering private practice, he served as the deputy general counsel and senior vice president at UBS Financial Services Inc., formerly PaineWebber Inc., where he managed the Private Client Litigation Group which handled all customer and broker-related litigation and arbitrations arising from nationwide retail branches.

“We are always searching for talented litigators and are thrilled to welcome Don with his extensive experience working with companies in the financial services sector,” said G. Michelle Ferreira, managing shareholder of the San Francisco office of Greenberg Traurig. “Don is a terrific fit and a valuable addition for our clients.”

Davidson is a securities lawyer experienced in handling matters for broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions, and investment companies. He represents clients in regulatory inquiries, enforcement proceedings, and litigation involving matters such as municipal finance, market timing, insider trading, revenue sharing, and issues arising under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940, various state blue-sky statutes, and SRO rules.

Davidson earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law where he was a merit scholar, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is admitted to practice in California, Nevada, New York, and New Jersey.