Thomas J. Davis


Mr. Davis has extensive experience in employment litigation, both at the trial level and as an appellate advocate. He has defended employers against a variety of individual plaintiff and class-based claims, including race, age, disability, and gender discrimination, Whistleblower’s Protection Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, False Claims Act, breach of contract, and general business tort claims. He has also defended suits against pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and physicians.

Mr. Davis holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, and was selected to join the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Davis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to joining KHVPF as a partner, Mr. Davis was an associate attorney at the Jones Day law firm in Washington, D.C., in a practice group dedicated to appeals and difficult legal issues.

  • Obtained favorable judgment in federal appeals court affirming dismissal of race discrimination and First Amendment retaliation claims against public hospital. (Smith v. Gavulic)
  • Defeated individual plaintiff’s attempt to conditionally certify nationwide FLSA collective action and toll the statute of limitations. (Hicks v. Great Lakes Caring)
  • Briefed and argued summary judgment motion that resulted in judgment on sexual harassment claim based on employer’s prompt and adequate resolution of complaints. (Bousson v. Ford Motor Company)
  • Received summary judgment on allegations of failure to hire based on age, race, and gender discrimination brought against a major accounting firm. (Sanford v. Deloitte)
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling on claims of wrongful discharge by banker, in case involving complex performance-related issues (Whiteaker v. Bank of America)
  • Won summary judgment on Americans with Disabilities Act claim for employer that provided reasonable accommodation to resolve Plaintiff’s disability. (Freytag v. Ford Motor Company)
  • Defended a national insurance company on appeal, securing affirmance of a favorable jury verdict and judgment on federal and state retaliation and discrimination claims. (Beard v. Auto Club)
  • Briefed and argued multiple pro bono federal appeals raising complex federal statutory and constitutional issues, including immigration-related issues.
  • Represented numerous hospital and pharmaceutical clients against allegations of False Claims Act violations.

  • State of Michigan
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas