Joshua P. Davis

Research Professor, U.C. Hastings

Josh focuses on antitrust, appeals, class certification, and class action and complex litigation ethics. He is a shareholder at Berger Montague and is one of the leading scholars in the nation on antitrust procedure, class certification, and ethics in class actions and complex litigation.

Josh is currently a Research Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he is associated with the Center for Litigation and Courts, and the Director of the Center for Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has also taught at the Willamette University College of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center. He has testified before Congress on matters related to civil procedure and presented on matters related to private antitrust enforcement before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Josh received a CLAY California Attorney of the Year Award in Antitrust in 2016. His law review article, “Defying Conventional Wisdom: The Case for Private Antitrust Enforcement,” 48 Ga. L. Rev. 1 (2013), won the 2014 award for best academic article from George Washington University School of Law and Institute on Competition Law. His scholarship has been cited by multiple federal appellate and trial courts. He has published dozens of articles and book chapters on antitrust, civil procedure, class certification, legal ethics, and legal philosophy, among other topics. He regularly presents throughout the country and the world at scholarly and professional conferences and symposia on aggregate litigation, civil procedure, and ethics. Recently, he has written various articles and book chapters on artificial intelligence (AI) and the law and is completing his first book, “Unnatural Law: AI, Consciousness, Ethics, and Legal Theory” (forthcoming in Cambridge University Press 2022/23).

Josh graduated from N.Y.U. School of Law in 1993, where he won the Frank H. Sommer Memorial Award for top general scholarship and achievement in his class, served as the Articles Editor for the N.Y.U. Law Review, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. After law school, he was a law clerk for Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was a partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, until 2000, when he entered full-time legal academia until joining Berger Montague in 2022.