Labor and Employment Litigation
Internal Complaint Investigations
HR Advice & Counsel
Wage & Hour Compliance
Columbia University School of Law, 1999
University of California at Santa Cruz, 1995
State Bar Admissions
Africa Davidson’s substantial litigation experience includes obtaining favorable outcomes at jury trials in both state and federal courts, and at the summary judgment phase, as well as settlement of claims where possible. She has successfully defended employers, including technology, manufacturing, and health care companies, as well as municipalities and utilities, in actions involving claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and other employment-related issues. Africa also advises and counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment matters, provides advice and training in labor and employment law, and conducts internal investigations.
As a founding partner of Apex Employment Law, LLP in October 2020, Africa assists in the daily management of the firm, including oversight of attorneys and balancing and management of the firm’s case load. She also serves as the partner point of contact and trial counsel for a portion of the firm’s clients. Additionally, Ms. Davidson maintains her own case load, from initial intake and evaluation of claims and witness, to establishing a defense posture for settlement or trial in conjunction with the client, and the full range of litigation tasks, from discovery, to motion practice, mediation, or trial.
Africa is admitted to practice in the States of California and New York, as well as the United States District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to forming Apex Employment Law, Ms. Davidson worked at the following law firms:
Foster Employment Law, Attorney, 2019-2020: I continued performing employer-side defense for this minority-owned firm whose clients included utility companies, municipalities, manufacturers, and transit companies. The majority of the cases I handled involved claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as whistleblower claims in state and federal court. Upon the retirement of the founder of the firm, Michael Wilbur and I decided to form our own firm, Apex Employment Law, LLP.
Lafayette & Kumagai LLP, Associate, 2012-2019: I worked for this minority-owned firm performing employment side litigation defense for utility companies, municipalities, manufacturers, and other entities in state court, the Northern and Central District Courts, and the Court of Appeal. The majority of the cases I handled involved claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as whistleblower claims. I also handled business disputes alleging breach of contract, interference, and Unruh Act claims.
Bassi Martini Edlin & Blum, Associate, 2005-2012: I worked as an associate performing defense-side work for industrial and manufacturing companies, municipalities, and insurance firms, including environmental and land contamination matters, tax and contract issues, breach of contract, and land use matters in state and federal courts.
Maurice Moyal, a PLC, Associate, 2002-2005: I worked as an associate in a variety of cases, including wage and hour, contract disputes, unfair competition, as well as fraud, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases in state and federal court. I prepared cases for mediation, trial and arbitration, and employee and contractor agreements and employee handbooks.