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Paul L. Davis

Partner
+1.907.777.7609
Fax +1.907.865.2478
Mr. Davis is a senior litigation partner in K&L Gates’ Anchorage office. He successfully handles a wide variety of civil matters, including complex tort, medical malpractice defense, professional liability, product liability, business litigation, premises liability and construction law claims. Mr. Davis’ practice includes appointment as a mediator and arbiter in cases involving business disputes, tort, professional liability, employment and construction claims. He has represented businesses and individuals before many state and federal administrative agencies.

During his more than 37 years of practicing in Alaska in the field of employment law and litigation, Mr. Davis was lead counsel in Alaska’s first reported class action sexual discrimination case; lead counsel in Alaska’s first reported age discrimination case; lead counsel in Alaska’s first employment claim retaliation case; and lead counsel in Alaska’s first reported sexual harassment case. He has counseled private and public clients in all aspects of employment law and litigation. His practice is now focused solely on the representation of employers.

Achievements

  • “AV” Rating (Highest) in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in Employment Law
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in Construction Law

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation, Construction Law
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Division on Labor and Employment Law in the Construction Industry
  • Former Board member and Chair, Municipality of Anchorage Board of Ethics
  • Bridge Builders of Anchorage
  • First Congregational Church of Anchorage
  • Awarded UAA College of Business & Public Policy, Outstanding Service Contribution 2004-2005

Speaking Engagements

Paul has presented on a number of legal topics, including employment, environmental law, construction law, tort law, trial practice and alternative dispute resolution. He has spoken before such groups as the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, the Alaska Bar Association, Federal Publications, NBI (National Business Institute), LSI (Law Seminars, Inc.), the Federal Aviation Administration, The American Society of Military Engineers, the Alaska Underground Tank Owners Association, the Alaska Truck Owners and Operators Association, as well as several management and personnel industry associations.
Medical Malpractice and Health Care Litigation
  • Defended and currently defending Hospital sued by former patients alleging malpractice claims.
  • Defended and currently defending various Physicians sued by former patients alleging malpractice claims.
  • Defended Hospital from complex breach of contract claim by anesthesiologist.
  • Defended Hospital from complex breach of contract claim by surgeon 
  •  Represented Hospital’s MEC in Fair Hearing proceedings and appeals.

Employment Law
  • French v. Jadon, Inc. 911 P.2d 20 (Alaska 1996) (Sexual Harassment)
  • Thomas v. Anchorage Telephone Utility, 741 P.2d 618 (Alaska 1987) (Sexual Discrimination)
  • Simpson v. Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, 423 F. Supp. 552 (D. Alaska 1976), aff'd 608 F. 2d 1171 (9th Cir. 1980) (Age Discrimination)
  • Advised the Municipality of Anchorage, the City of Cordova, the Cordova General Hospital and the Central Peninsula General Hospital on employment matters.
  • Advised and provided training to numerous private for profit and non-profit corporations and governmental agencies on specific and general employment issues.

Personal Injury Litigation
  • Represented trucker made paraplegic when highway worker negligently signaled truck to make an emergency stop.
  • Represented Anchorage International Airport worker cleared by air traffic controller to work on runway, horrifically injured when struck by a 747 cleared to land on same runway.
  • Defended North Slope business against claim by third party workman for improperly constructed loft.
  • Represented Alaskan business owner severely injured when "shark-gun" unexpectedly fired during dive in Maui.
  • Represented slope worker seriously injured when operating defectively designed forklift.
  • Defended Outboard Marine Company against claim by oil-spill clean-up worker that design of outboard he was operating caused unexpected "kick-back", permanently injuring his dominate arm.
  • Defended Ford Motor Company against design defect claims relating to boat engine.

Business Litigation
  • Defended new McDonald's franchise owner sued by former owner for fraud.
  • Defended owners of emergency care facilities sued for fraud by national health care organization which had purchased those facilities.

Construction Law and Litigation
  • Geolar, Inc. v. Gilbert/Commonwealth, Inc. of Michigan, 874 P.2d 937 (Alaska 1994)
  • Power Constructors, Inc. v. Taylor & Hintz, 960 P.2d 20 (Alaska 1988)
  • Defended native owned design engineering firm against claims of professional malpractice in federally funded remote housing projects.
  • Defended owner in multi-party complex claims involving the construction of a $23,000,000.00 cogeneration facility in Nikiski, Alaska. Defended Anchorage School District in claim made by contractor in construction of a high school.
  • Defended City of Nenana against $1,000,000 claim of contractor over repaving of city airport.
  • Defended Matanuska Susitna Borough against multimillion dollar claim by contractor for work performed in constructing new cell of sanitary waste facility; obtain quarter-million+ dollar judgment against contractor.
  • Defended Matanuska Susitna Borough against claims by contractors of improvements to high schools.

Business Litigation

  • Defended new McDonald's franchise owner sued by former owner for fraud.
  • Defended owners of multiple emergency care facilities sued for fraud by national health care organization which had purchased those facilities.
  • Represented Majority Shareholders in minority shareholder litigation regarding corporation in entertainment industry.
  • Represented Majority Shareholders in minority shareholder litigation regarding corporation in accounting and financial industry.
  • Represented Sole Member of Professional LLC in divorce case regarding value of dental practice.

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Represented trucker made paraplegic when highway worker negligently signaled truck to make an emergency stop.
  • Represented Anchorage International Airport worker cleared by air traffic controller to work on runway, horrifically injured when struck by a 747 cleared to land on same runway.
  • Defended North Slope business against claim by third party workman for improperly constructed loft.
  • Represented Alaskan business owner severely injured when "shark-gun" unexpectedly fired during dive off of Maui, Hawaii.
  • Represented North Slope worker seriously injured when operating defectively designed forklift.
  • Defended Outboard Marine Company against claim by oil-spill clean-up worker that design of outboard he was operating caused unexpected "kick-back", permanently injuring his dominate arm.
  • Defended Ford Motor Company against design defect claims relating to boat engine.

Governmental

  • Served as special counsel for the Alaska State House of Representatives (1983–1985) and as Special Counsel for the Alaska State Senate (1988–1989)