Jon Davidson, Chief Counsel at Freedom for All Americans

Jon W. Davidson has been one of the nation’s leading lawyers fighting for LGBTQ civil rights for more than 30 years. He was the national Legal Director of Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and those living with HIV, for 12 years, and worked there from 1995-2017. As the organization’s Legal Director, he was the architect of the organization’s national legal strategy and supervised its 31 attorneys and 16 policy advocates, trainers, Help Desk analysts, and legal assistants, in all six of its offices across the country.

Davidson has worked on a broad range of LGBT and HIV-related legal and policy matters throughout his career, including being co-counsel in the cases that brought marriage equality to California, Nevada, Virginia and then the entire nation and that increased anti-discrimination protections for employees, students, consumers, families, prisoners, and immigrants. He was honored with the National LGBT Bar Association’s highest award in 2010.

A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, Davidson previously was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella and a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. He also has taught courses on LGBT rights, constitutional law, youth law, and pretrial civil litigation at UCLA Law School, the USC Law Center, Loyola Law School, and the former Whittier Law School.

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: What Was and Wasn’t Decided

American Constitution Society • February 14, 2019 Given the Court’s more recent resetting of the boundaries in cases in which freedom of religion or expression had been raised to challenge government action, however, would this case become a vehicle for curtailing nondiscrimination protections or minimizing marriages of same-sex couples?

Adding insult to injury

Los Angeles Blade • October 31, 2018 One of several LGBTQ cases the Supreme Court may hear this term involves a woman named Aimee Stephens who was fired from her job as a funeral director after she told her boss she was transitioning and intended to start dressing in business attire traditionally worn by women.

The unclear future of LGBTQ rights at the Supreme Court

Washington Blade • October 14, 2018 As Brett Kavanaugh settles into his new position on the Court after a fractious confirmation process, many in the LGBTQ community are wondering which, if any, pending cases the Court will choose to hear and, if it does take on any such cases, how it will rule.

Stakes high as Mass. voters consider overturning trans law

Washington Blade • September 21, 2018 This is the first time a law prohibiting gender identity discrimination is being put to a statewide vote. It should be the last time as well. For that to happen, however, LGBTQ people need to do all we can to support the Yes on 3 campaign.

Michigan Appellate Court Sends Portion of Locker Room Case Back to Lower Court

August 1, 2018 The court held that Planet Fitness failed to adequately disclose its inclusive public accommodations policy to a patron.

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could well damage the progress that’s been made on LGBT rights

NBC News • July 10, 2018 The president is expected to nominate a conservative to replace the justice who authored most of the pro-LGBT decisions of the last 20 years.

Fear the federal courts — but don’t give up

Los Angeles Blade • July 4, 2018 Vitally important sexual orientation and gender identity issues are likely to come before the Supreme Court in the years ahead.

Barr hints at continuing anti-LGBT policies at Trump Justice Department

Washington Blade • January 16, 2019 LGBT groups have raised concerns about Barr’s confirmation as attorney general, asserting he lacks a commitment to protecting civil rights. Jon Davidson, chief counsel of Freedom for All Americans, said Barr’s testimony “did little to assuage those concerns” of LGBT rights groups.

2019 Supreme Court Preview: Danger Ahead

The Advocate • December 31, 2018 The coming year could be a momentous one for LGBTQ rights at the Supreme Court, and possibly a dangerous one, given the court’s new conservative majority.

Anti-LGBT Sessions out, but new anti-LGBT Trump pick leads DOJ

Watermark • November 10, 2018 The firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who used the Justice Department to undermine LGBT rights — has led to the interim appointment of another official with an anti-LGBT record that makes a change in direction for the department unlikely.

HHS falsely blames Obama amid outrage over anti-trans memo

Los Angeles Blade • October 24, 2018 Under fire for a reported anti-trans plan that would eliminate federal protections for transgender people, the Trump administration is pushing back in defense of its enforcement of the law — but with a statement that is filled with errors and blames the Obama administration for undercutting transgender rights.

Anti-LGBT lawsuits already headed Justice Kavanaugh’s way

Washington Blade • October 17, 2018 LGBT legal experts were hesitant to ascribe the filing of the new litigation with the addition of the new conservative to the high court, but predicted they were the kind of lawsuits they would expect anti-LGBT groups to file in greater capacity in the aftermath of the confirmation.

National LGBT Bar Assn asks lawyers to repudiate anti-LGBT law firms

Los Angeles Blade • July 30, 2018 The National LGBT Bar Association is asking attorneys across the United States to repudiate anti-LGBT legal groups as the Trump-Pence administration takes their predilection toward divisiveness to a new level.