Durant D. Davidson knew in high school he wanted to be a lawyer and never considered a different career path once he set his sights on it. “I don’t know why, really,” he said. His only connection to the law was a grade-school friend whose father was an attorney. Now Durant, who went to high school with Mike McDivitt in La Junta, has had a long and successful career practicing law.
He chose to become a personal injury attorney out of principle. “It does seem to be a sort of David-versus-Goliath struggle between injured parties who deserve compensation and insurance companies who don’t seem to want to pay out any compensation on behalf of their insured,” Durant said. Someone needs to stand up for David and he’s proud to do it.
“I think our job is to try to level the playing field,” he said. “And we can’t totally level it because you still are facing a monolithic insurance company with many resources. But we like to think we do a pretty good job.”
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Durant, who has two daughters and seven grandchildren, values personal relationships with his clients. “I like to meet with them and get to know them and let them get to know me.” He believes it’s important to understand where his clients are coming from and what they need. “Different people are coming from different places even though they may have similar stories to tell and similar injuries.”
Durant chose McDivitt Law Firm, in part, because of his long relationship with the McDivitt family, but primarily because he believes in the firm’s integrity. “I have been with firms where it was considered more of a business than a profession.” McDivitt hasn’t lost sight of the law as a profession, he said.
- Willamette University (B.S.)
- Willamette University (J.D.), cum laude
- Willamette University Moot Court National Team
- Willamette Law Journal, Associate Editor
- U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate/Captain
- District Attorney serving 16th Judicial District of Colorado, two terms
- District Court Judge serving 16th Judicial District of Colorado
- Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service (JAMS)
- Colorado (1965)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Colorado Bar Association
- Colorado State House of Representatives
- Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
- With JAMS Officials, successfully resolved a case involving 300 individual discrimination claims made by African American Farmers against U.S. Department of Agriculture
- American Jurisprudence Prize for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing