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Timothy L. Davis

Timothy L. Davis

Partner - Silicon Valley

408.606.6300 t
650.681.8317 d
408.606.6333 f

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Timothy Davis is a partner in Burke, Williams & Sorensen's Silicon Valley office and is Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Law practice group.

Tim has tried to verdict employment cases in both federal and state court, and has conducted over 60 employment arbitrations.  Tim routinely defends employers in litigation matters in actions involving state and federal law, such as Title VII, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Americans with Disability Act, Age Discrimination and Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, California Pregnancy Disability Act, Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and wage and hour issues, including wage and hour class actions.  He has represented both public and private clients in claims of wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of loyalty, unlawful interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, and constitutional rights violations.  His practice also includes the representation of public employers before state, federal, and local administrative proceedings, including the Department of Labor, local civil service commissions, PERB, EEOC, and OSHA.  His litigation practice, with substantial emphasis and experience in labor and employment, encompasses all aspects of litigation, including trial, all phases of trial preparation, arguing law and motion matters, taking depositions, preparing and responding to pleadings, drafting and responding to written discovery, and research.  Tim's reported decisions include Alhambra Police Officers Association v. City of Alhambra, (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th, 1413.

Tim also has negotiated numerous labor agreements between cities and their employee groups, including police, fire, general employees, and management groups.  Additionally, his practice includes internal investigations of employment complaints involving discrimination and harassment, as well as the presentation of seminars on how to prevent discrimination and harassment and investigate allegations of discrimination and harassment.  He also trains human resources professionals and managers regarding proper investigation techniques.  His practice includes development of personnel rules and policies including discipline and grievance procedures, and the investigation of grievances.  He advises management clients on labor and employment law compliance matters.  He has also served as legal advisor during grievance proceedings.

Tim's commitment and experience in public law began in law school, where he co-authored the article, "Does a Public Law Attorney Owe a Duty to Third Parties?" which appeared in the Summer 1994 issue of the Public Law Journal.


  • Health Insurance Opt-Outs After the Affordable Care Act and Flores v. City of San Gabriel Decision, County Counsels' Association of California Employment Law Conference, Hyatt Santa Barbara, November 4, 2016
  • Essentials of Workplace Investigations, CALPELRA 41st Annual Training Conference, Portola Hotel & Spa - Bonsai Room, November 2, 2016
  • Labor and Employment Litigation Update, League of California Cities Annual Conference, Long Beach Convention Center, October 6, 2016
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