Gary E. Davidson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated International Attorney in Miami, FL

Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP
 | 100 SE 2nd Street, Suite 3400
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-375-9220
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • International (60%),
  • Business Litigation (40%)
Attorney Profile

Gary E. Davidson has represented clients all over the world from his office at high-stakes litigation firm Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP, in Miami, Florida. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Davidson has obtained several favorable judgments on behalf of clients in complex international litigation, arbitration and commercial disputes, and he has served as the arbiter in several high-profile cases. His victories include acting as lead counsel in arbitration against a South American airline that violated its charter agreement, a case that resulted in a $3.8 million award for the firm's client; preserving the rights of the Honduran national soccer team to negotiate multimillion-dollar television contracts on its own behalf; and a significant fraudulent transfer judgment for a prominent Colombian company following a 10-day trial. These successes and others have earned him membership in the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Davidson has also published numerous articles in national and international law journals and periodicals, including the Emory International Law Review, the International Travel Law Journal and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. His rich career includes positions as an adjunct law professor at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, a visiting lecturer at an Estonian university and a liaison to the Slovakian government after the country gained its independence.

Mr. Davidson is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 9th and 11th Circuits. His extensive credentials include an A.B. with great honors from Duke University; an M.A. from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

International (60%)

Business Litigation (40%)


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018

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About Gary Davidson

Admitted: 1995, Florida

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Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Florida's Most Effective Lawyers, Daily Business Review, 2011
  • Most Effective Lawyers, Daily Business Review, 2008
  • With Distinction, Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
  • Arbitrator in Major International Maritime Charter Contract Dispute, American Arbitration Association ("AAA")
  • Winner, 2011 "Most Effective Lawyer" (International Law), Daily Business Review
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2013
  • "Top Lawyers 2013" International Litigation, South Florida Legal Guide

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, First Annual Florida Bar International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, 2005
  • Chair, Second Annual Florida Bar International Litigation Seminar, 2004
  • Steering Committee and Member, International Referral, 2013
  • Executive Council, International Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2006 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court District Court Southern District of Florida
  • Washington D.C.
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-Author "Don't Fall Asleep at the Helm: Cruise Line Passenger Ticket Contracts and the Pitfalls of Personal Injury Litigation in U.S. Courts." International Travel Law Journal, May 1999
  • Co-Author: "International Arbitration - Sports: Outside Counsel Perspective." International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, Naon and Mason eds., 2010
  • Panelist, "Developing a Corporate Dispute Resolution Policy", 7th Annual ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference, Miami, FL, March, 2009
  • Guest Speaker, "Oh the Mistakes We Make: The Decisions Made by Travel Industry Employees and the Costly Cases That Follow," 8th Annual International Conference on Travel and Tourism Law, Newcastle, England, September, 2008
  • Presenter of Mock Arbitration at the Lexis Nexis Third Annual Conference on Dispute Avoidance Resolution, Beijing, China, October, 2008
  • Speaker, "Applying the ADA to Foreign Cruise Vessels: Whither International Law?" 2006 Conference on International Travel and Tourism, Newcastle, England, May 2006
  • Panel Chair, "Hot Topics in International Litigation and Arbitration" Third and Fourth Annual Florida Bar International Litigation and Arbitration Seminars, Miami, May 2005 and 2006
  • "Use of Indemnity and Liability Shifting Clauses in International Travel Contracts." Guest speaker, Conference on International Travel and Tourism, Newcastle, England, May 2004
  • Chair, 1st Annual Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Orlando, Florida, February, 2004
  • "Litigating Forum Non – Conveniens Motions in Florida's Courts." Panelist, Florida and New York Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education program entitled "International Litigation Update," Miami, April 2003
  • "So you don't want to litigate in Hoboken? The Perils and. Pitfalls of choice of Forum Clauses in Transnational Contracts." Guest speaker, Conference on International Travel and Tourism, Newcastle, England, May 2002
  • "Designing Forum Selection Clauses that will be Enforced Under U.S. Law." Guest speaker, Committee Y, International Bar Association Annual Convention, 2001, Cancun, Mexico
  • "Aspects of International Litigation." Instructor, Annual Review Course for International Law Certification, The Florida Bar, February, 2000
  • "CASE NOTE, Osorio v. Dole Food Co., 665 F. Supp. 2d 1307 (S.D. Fla. 2009), " FIU Law Review, 2010
  • "Should Coupons be Clipped? The Problems Inherent to the Settlement of Class Actions with Non-Cash Tender." International Travel Law Journal, January 2001
  • "Elian's Case: Echoes of a Seaman's Struggle." Journal of Commerce, Friday, January 28, 2000
  • "When is a Port Charge not a Port Charge? Evolving Standards of Liability for Deceptive Trade Practices and Implications for Travel Marketers." Commercial Law and Practice Course Handbook Series, Number A-790, Practicing Law Institute, 1999
  • "Congressional Extraterritorial Investigative Powers: Real or Illusory?" Emory International Law Review, 1994
  • "U.S. Use of Economic Sanctions, Treaty Bending and Treaty Breaking in International Aviation." Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1994
  • Visiting Lecturer in International and Comparative Law, University of Tartu, Estonia, and Comenius University, Slovakia
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University School of Law
  • Frequent Speaker and Suthor on International Law

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Lead Counsel in 2009 AAA commercial arbitration on behalf of aircraft charter company where we obtained a $3.8 Million award against a South American airline as a result of its breach of an aircraft charter agreement.
  • Lead Counsel in 2008 arbitration victory for Honduran national soccer team (Fenafuth), preserving its rights to sign enhanced multimillion dollar contract for World Cup international media broadcasts

Representative Clients:

  • Lead counsel in 2009 AAA commercial arbitration on behalf of aircraft charter company where we obtained a $3.8 Million award against a South American airline as a result of its breach of an aircraft charter agreement. Lead counsel in 2008 arbitration victory for Honduran national soccer team (Fenafuth), preserving its rights to sign enhanced multimillion dollar contract for World Cup international media broadcasts. Served as arbitrator in major international maritime charter contract dispute, following appointment by American Arbitration Association (AAA). Lead counsel in AAA arbitration for beneficiary under Peruvian life insurance contract where our client was not only awarded the policy benefits, but interest and attorneys’ fees as well. Lead counsel in six-week AAA arbitration on behalf of hotel chain in multimillion dollar dispute with major international construction company over failed hotel renovation. Lead arbitration counsel on behalf of customs broker in dispute with major Japanese exporter over alleged improper classification of goods imported into the United States. Won major fraudulent transfer judgment on behalf of leading Colombian company following 10-day trial. Represented cruise line in defense of Florida wrongful death case, coordinating foreign counsel’s efforts in achieving highly favorable settlement with surviving spouse in Costa Rica. Investigated events surrounding major cargo damage claim in Panama on behalf of U.K. insurer; claim determined to be fraudulent and avoided. Represented preeminent European travel consortium in renegotiation of multimillion dollar contract with major U.S. rental car company that filed for bankruptcy.

Educational Background:

  • Duke University, A.B. in Public Policy Studies, Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Southern California, J.D.
  • University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications, M.A.
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100 SE 2nd Street
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Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-375-9220


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