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Joe M. Davidson

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Joe M. Davidson is the Corporate & Finance Department Director. Since 1979, he has advised and represented a broad variety of companies and entrepreneurs in both thriving and distressed economic environments in corporate and securities matters, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and joint ventures. Joe provides day-to-day counseling and solutions to legal issues confronting businesses, regularly representing clients in diverse fields, including medical device, healthcare services, software, consumer products, restaurants, Internet, e-commerce and telecommunications. His practice also focuses on real estate, public and private financings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions and partnering arrangements, restructurings and bankruptcy reorganizations involving privately held and public companies and pension advisors, and venture capital transactions to assist emerging companies through their growth cycles. He has substantial experience in negotiating and documenting strategic partnering arrangements, patent, trademark and technology licensing agreements, joint technology development, and sales representative and distribution agreements. Companies also rely upon his counsel and expertise in developing executive compensation, consulting and employment agreements and preparing stock purchase and stock option plans. He also works with publicly-held companies, assisting them in compliance and governance issues.

Joe served as the Managing Partner of the San Diego office from 2006 through July 2011. He is also a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.


  • Executives Association of San Diego, Inc.
  • MIT Business Forum
  • UCSD Connect Program
  • Corporate Directors Forum
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Business Law and Technology Sections


Joe graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S., magna cum laude, and Beta Gamma Sigma, in investments in 1976. He received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1979.

Bar Admissions

  • California