Shepard Davidson


Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3336

"Because litigation is just a tool to help clients achieve a business objective, knowing how to resolve, or avoid, disputes is just as important as being an aggressive advocate."


Shepard Davidson is a partner and former co-chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Group, as well as a current member of its Executive Committee. He also is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice, and serves on the Law Firm Alliance Board of Directors. Shep concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business torts, contract claims, non-compete litigation, and disputes involving closely-held businesses.

Shep has extensive experience in virtually all phases of civil litigation. He has tried cases in the Massachusetts Superior and District Courts, as well as the Federal District Court. Shep also has argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court, and he has represented clients in numerous arbitrations and mediations. He has also been certified as a mediator by the MCLE.

In addition to acting as an advocate for his clients, Shep also serves as an independent mediator, using his more than 25 years of experience as a litigator to help parties settle disputes without the need to engage in, or continue with, formal litigation or arbitration.

Clients ranging from individuals to small businesses to multi-national companies rely on Shep’s advice, litigation skills, and responsiveness.

“Shep has become one of my ‘go to’ guys because he gives me the sense that I am his only client in terms of responsiveness even though I know he is in demand. Shep also has a history of success with us, not just in terms of results, but in managing costs.” - Keith Wexelblatt, Associate General Counsel of Reebok International Ltd.

“Shep Davidson is an incredibly trusted adviser to me and has introduced me to some of the most interesting and valuable connections I’ve made in the Boston community. He is extremely patient, understanding and level-headed, even in the worst of situations.” – Smaiyra Million, former CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC

Shep is the publisher of The In-House Advisor blog (, which is designed to provide practical commentary on a variety of legal and practical issues that many in-house decision-makers face, regardless of the business in which their companies engage.

Shep grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and attended Swarthmore College ('86), where he was a 5-time NCAA Division III All-America tennis player. He then went to Northeastern University School of Law ('90) and began practicing law in 1990. Shep now lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and (much to his chagrin) a little black pug named Lola.



  • Prevented a radio talk-show host from going to a rival station in breach of his employment agreement.
  • Obtained an arbitration award of over $2,000,000 for an individual who sued one of the world’s largest financial institutions.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction, precluding four former employees of an international software company from breaching their covenants not to compete with the company.
  • Obtained the reimbursement of all of this client's legal fees after successfully defending an unfair trade practices claim.
  • Obtained a damages award of $700,000 for clients who sued a real estate developer for failing to complete their custom home in a timely manner.
Education & Admissions
Bar Admissions



J.D., Northeastern University, 1990

B.A., Swarthmore College, 1986

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2008-present)

Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow (Elected 2014)



American Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"So You Want To Be a GC..." Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Business Litigation Group, January 2021

"Access for All: ADA-Compliant Virtual Meetings & Events," Presentor, Burns & Levinson's Business Media Group, January 2021

"Why CEOs Should Care if Their Website Is ADA Compliant," Host & Moderator, The In-House Advisor Webinar, November 2020

"The Attorney-Client Privilege: Beyond the Basics," Presenter, Commercial Law Web Advisor Webinar, October 2018

"Drafting Contracts to Avoid (or Better Position Yourself for) Tomorrow's Disputes," Faculty, MCLE Contracts Conference, March 2016

"Damages Under Massachusetts Law: The Evolving Landscape," Faculty, MCLE Business Litigation Conference 2016, January 2016

"Closing the Deal: Balancing Risk with Opportunity in Today's Contracts," Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Seminar, October 2015

"Negotiating Enforceable Liquidated Damages Clauses in Business Contracts," Faculty, Strafford Publications Webinar, June 2015

"Securing the Workplace: Practical Approaches to Protecting Confidential Information, Trade Secrets, and Intellectual Property," Moderator, The In-House Advisor Seminar, June 2014

"Deals Gone Bad," Speaker, MCLE 12th Annual Business Litigation Conference, January 2013

"Lessons in Attorney-Client Privilege," Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter Panel Discussion, November 2012

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications


"Is Your Website ADA Compliant and Should It Be?" Corporate Counsel, September 2018

"4 Liquidated Damage Provision Drafting Mistakes To Avoid," Commercial Contracts Law360, November 2017

"Careful Drafting of Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants Can Save the Day," The In-House Advisor, January 2017

"Eliminating Non-Competes May Hurt the Commonwealth," BetaBoston, May 2014

"Non-Competes in Mass. Not Silicon Valley's Gain," Boston Business Journal, February 2013


"With Court Authorization, Litigators Discover Remote Depositions," Law Technology Today, December 2020

"Non-Competition Agreements," Radio Entrepreneurs, July 2014

"Battle for Ban on Non-Competes Brings Backers to Beacon Hill," Boston Magazine, July 2014

"Gov. Patricks Calls Case Against Non-Compete Agreements 'Compelling,'" Boston Business Journal, March 2013

Shepard Davidson
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Employment

J.D., Northeastern University, 1990

B.A., Swarthmore College, 1986



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