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Candid Comments About Discovery Bring Lawyer National Notoriety


— September 20, 2004

Donald Davidson — known as a lawyer who abides by the rules — has suddenly found himself the poster boy for stonewalling by defense lawyers.

Videotaped remarks Davidson made at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar in March — in which he advocated a “just say no” approach to discovery in nursing home litigation cases — are being disseminated around the country.

A plaintiffs lawyer in Minnesota is using Davidson’s comments — in frequent lectures for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in Colorado, Minnesota and Florida — as an example of obstructive defense tactics.

Now Davidson regrets it: “If I knew the maelstrom that this would have created, I obviously would have temporized my comments. I probably was overenthusiastic and said things in a more candid, straightforward way than I should.”

Details here from the New Jersey Law Journal via Law.com.


Donald Davidson — known as a lawyer who abides by the rules — has suddenly found himself the poster boy for stonewalling by defense lawyers.

Videotaped remarks Davidson made at a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar in March — in which he advocated a “just say no” approach to discovery in nursing home litigation cases — are being disseminated around the country.

A plaintiffs lawyer in Minnesota is using Davidson’s comments — in frequent lectures for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in Colorado, Minnesota and Florida — as an example of obstructive defense tactics.

Now Davidson regrets it: “If I knew the maelstrom that this would have created, I obviously would have temporized my comments. I probably was overenthusiastic and said things in a more candid, straightforward way than I should.”

Details here from the New Jersey Law Journal via Law.com.

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