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Kevin C. Davis

Kevin C. Davis / Of Counsel

Detailed Practice Description

Kevin Davis’ practice focuses on litigation in a variety of industries including real estate, health care, banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail and construction. He has experience handling disputes within and among business entities including partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and corporations. He has handled real property disputes involving easements, nuisances, trespasses, rescissions, title insurance and broker liability. Kevin also has experience enforcing creditors’ rights including the enforcement of contracts, notes, liens, and judgments. He has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts. His practice includes representation of clients through pre-litigation counseling, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, trial and on appeal.

Before joining Boutin Jones, he assisted the Governor as a legal intern in the Governor’s Office of Legal Affairs. He also served as a law clerk in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California and as a clinical intern in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

The thing I love about being a litigator and trial attorney is having the opportunity to take a situation that has evolved into a serious problem that a client can’t get past and help successfully move them past it. People hire trial attorneys and litigators because they are in a complicated bind they can’t figure out a way out of. Sometimes a client’s life’s work and the survival of the business is on the line. The job I do as a lawyer is to creatively take a bad situation and turn it into a success.

The Basics

I’m a trial lawyer who represents business clients. I go to trial and handle disputes for businesses.

Delivering for Clients

My first priority when a case comes to my desk is to talk to the clients and immerse myself in their industry. I need to be able to speak fluently about whatever legal problem they face in the context of their industry so that I can start issue-spotting and immediately looking for ways to solve the client’s problem.

I was born in Sacramento, have lived here my whole life and married a woman who was also born and raised in Sacramento. I’m a Sacramento person through and through. I love working and living in the city, and am especially enjoying seeing how the downtown core is developing.

  • Practices
  • Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Litigation
  • Education
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Dartmouth College, A.B. in History, Religion, 2004
  • Honors
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2017
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer, 2017 – 2018
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2017 – 2018
  • Staff Editor, U.C. Davis Business Law Journal
  • Bar Admissions
  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Board Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • President of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Barristers’ Club
  • Board Member and Officer, Sacramento County Bar Association Appellate Law Section
  • Community
  • Past Board President, River City Food Bank

Representative Experience

Lead trial counsel in a complicated dispute between co-owners of a profitable service station and mini-mart business. After a two week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict for our client with a six-figure award of compensatory damages on our client’s claims. The jury also found that the other owner acted with malice, oppression and fraud justifying an award of punitive damages.

Trial counsel for a real estate broker who acted as a dual agent in the sale of undeveloped agricultural land in Yolo County. The buyer sued the seller to rescind the transaction over a purported violation of the Subdivision Map Act. The seller then filed a cross-complaint against the broker on various negligence theories, seeking over $600,000 in damages. Following a bench trial on the cross-complaint, our firm’s trial team secured a defense judgment in favor of the broker, absolving him from all liability related to the seller’s claims.

Trial counsel in a complicated contract dispute between two international commodities brokers related to the sale of a million bags of California rice. After a one-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor with a seven figure award of economic damages.