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Nicholas T. Davis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

Davis Law New Mexico
1000 Lomas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-242-1904
Fax: 505-242-1864
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in New Mexico Since: 2014
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%), Civil Rights (30%), Constitutional Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Nicholas T. Davis is an associate attorney at Davis Law New Mexico. He was born in New Mexico and graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2014. While there, Nick tutored in the First-Year writing program and competed in the Williams Moot Court Competition. After law school, he joined his father’s practice and has since handled civil rights cases in police misconduct, jail and prison misconduct, whistleblower and first amendment retaliation, race and gender discrimination claims, under both state and federal law. Active as a cooperating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, Nick has also continued to work a pro bono case for the Innocence and Justice Project that he began while a law student. Since graduating from law school, Nick has also co-authored two law review articles published in the New Mexico Law Review. A Question of Excluding Immigration Status in Civil Court: Why Torres Got it Right (May 2015), and Qualified Immunity and Excessive Force: A Greater or Lesser Role for Juries?(May 2017).

About Nicholas T. Davis

First Admitted: 2014, New Mexico

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • An article looking at the nature of the population of New Mexico and its courts, and suggeting that the prejudicial nature of immigration status with juries in regards to damages issues in civil litigation neccesitates its exclusion, or a presumption of exclusion., Co-author, A Question of Excluding Immigration Status in Civil Court: Why Torres Got it Right, New Mexico Law Review, 2015
  • The two-pronged qualified immunity analysis, which is often the deciding point in any Fourth Amendment use of force case, continues to be a difficult issue dictated by abstract rules. First, courts need to further the law by analyzing the facts to determine whether a constitutional right existed and was violated. Second, in determining whether the right was been clearly established, the courts must find just the right middle ground between too broad an analysis – such as merely citing Graham or its several factors – and an analysis that is too narrow – such as requiring the exact fact pattern in a previous case –something the 10th Circuit has recently battled with in several of its recent cases, including two reversed and remanded by the Supreme Court for further consideration. A middle ground, if adequately defined by the appellate courts to enable its consistent application by the lower courts – can exist. It allows for a pragmatic approach that leads courts to rely on established principles derived in previous cases – e.g., using force against unarmed, unresisting citizens violates their rights – without requiring the claimant to search for and discover prior cases with exact facts on point (such as the difference between using a gun or taser in the aforementioned example). The 10th Circuit’s “sliding scale” approach mirrored the intent of the Graham factors, which appears now to have been rejected, at least in deadly force cases, by the Supreme Court. Putting a premium on furthering the law through judicial determinations of constitutional violations benefit law enforcement and citizens alike – and will serve to guide the lower courts by the continued development of clearly established law in the Fourth Amendment jurisprudence., Co-author, Qualified Immunity and Excessive Force: A Greater or Lesser Role for Juries?, New Mexico Law Review, Federal Practice, Civil Rights, 4th Amendment, 2017
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Office Location for Nicholas T. Davis

1000 Lomas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Last Updated: 1/11/2022

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