13 June 2011
Robert P. Davis, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in the New York office of leading global law firm Mayer Brown, was selected as one of The National Law Journal’s “Winning” attorneys in the publication’s annual survey of the nation's best litigators. Mr. Davis was selected for this prestigious honor for his work in achieving a trial victory for client Quicken Loans in Henry vs. Quicken Loans Inc. (US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan) as well as other litigation achievements throughout his career as a leading employment lawyer.
To be named a “Winning” attorney, The National Law Journal looks for trial attorneys with at least one significant win at jury or bench trial within the past 18 months and a track record of success over many years. The criteria for a "significant win" included substantial damages at stake, establishment of an important precedent being altered or unfriendly jurisdictions overcome.
In Henry vs. Quicken Loans Inc., Mr. Davis led the Mayer Brown team in defending the fifth-largest retail mortgage lender in the US against a class action complaint brought by 358 of its former mortgage loan officers. The plaintiffs claimed the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for failing to pay overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. Quicken Loans maintained, and the court agreed, it was not required to pay overtime to the plaintiffs because they were highly compensated financial professionals who were covered by the FLSA’s administrative exemption.
The National Law Journal profile story highlighted the coherent trial strategy Mr. Davis and his team developed from the onset, the pointed cross examination they used to undermine the testimony of the plaintiffs’ witnesses, and the use of timely trial instructions.
See this article for the “Winning” profile of Mr. Davis.