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Alan C. Davis is one of the most experienced and well-known labor and employment lawyers in the state of California. He is the owner of the San Francisco-based law firm, Davis and Reno.

Practice Areas:

  • Labor and employment, public and private sectors
  • Constitutional law

   Alan C. Davis received his undergraduate education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (BA, 1961), and his legal education at Hastings Law School in San Francisco. Mr. Davis was admitted to the Bar of the State of California (1966), the Supreme Court of California (1966), the United States Supreme Court (1980), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1966), the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (1981), and the United States District Courts for the Northern District, the Central District and the Eastern District of California.

   Mr. Davis has represented labor organizations in some of the most significant labor and employment cases that have reached the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California District Courts of Appeal. Included in this list are the landmark California Supreme Court decisions in Fire Fighters Union, Local 1186, v. City of Vallejo (1974), International Association of Firefighters Local 188 v. PERB and City of Richmond (2011), and the Court of Appeals decision in International Association of Fire Fighters Union Local 1974 v. City of Pleasanton (1976).

   Mr. Davis represented the police officers in Oakland Police Officers Association v. City of Oakland (1973), which expanded the definition of safety equipment under the California Labor Code; San Francisco Hotel Worker unions in Gay v. Waiters (9th Cir. 1977), which established standards to be used in establishing a class in discrimination litigation; a local union in Bise v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFLCIO, Local 1969 (9th Cir. 1979), which addressed the exhaustion of remedy requirements in lawsuits against unions; a firefighter in Higgins v. City of Vallejo (9th Cir.  1987), involving affirmative action in promotional decisions; firefighters in Holliday v. City of Modesto (1991), regarding drug testing requirements; and firefighters in City of Sacramento v. PERS (1991), regarding the inclusion of FLSA overtime into the calculations of final compensation.

   Mr. Davis was a co-author of California Public Sector Labor Relations, published by Matthew Bender in 1989. He was also the co-author of the lead article entitled “Drug Testing Developments,” published by the California Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Bar in the spring of 1990. Mr. Davis co-authored the lead article in CPER, Issue No. 121, “Interest Arbitration, Legality, Reality, & Value - A Labor Response to 'A Management Viewpoint,’'' in 1996.

   In April 2008, Mr. Davis was a panelist on the 14th Annual Labor & Employment Public Sector Program, sponsored by the Labor and Employment Section of the California Bar Association and co-sponsored by the California Public Employee Relations Program. The panel, entitled “Hot Issues in Collective Bargaining,” discussed developments in the City of Vallejo that led to a bankruptcy filing by that City in June 2008.

   Mr. Davis has represented fire fighter unions, police officer associations and non-safety labor unions in over 85 interest arbitration proceedings in California and Hawaii during the last 43 years, including one of the largest interest arbitration awards ever issued.