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Don't let my smile fool you. I take a no-nonsense approach to the law and argue with passion on behalf of our clients.


Davida crafts legal arguments with purpose, keeping the desired and feasible outcome for each case in mind and always focusing on the big picture.

Davida began her legal career in New York City where she represented clients in complex civil litigation—including class actions and multimillion-dollar antitrust and government enforcement actions.  As part of her pro bono and appellate practice, Davida represented amici in the Supreme Court, Second Circuit, Eastern District of New York, and state courts across the country.

At Greene Espel, Davida continues to help clients navigate complex antitrust and competition matters before trial and appellate courts.  She also advises clients on government enforcement actions and government investigations, handles a variety of employment matters, including non-competes and internal investigations, and represents clients in appeals.  Davida has argued cases before the District of Minnesota, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and Minnesota District Court.

Davida has been recognized by her peers on the 2023 Minnesota Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers and was named in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2024) and in Minnesota Lawyer as an “Up & Coming Attorney” (2021). In 2021, Davida was appointed to a Merit Selection Panel by the United States District Judges of the District of Minnesota to advise on the selection of a new United States Magistrate Judge. 


  • J.D., Harvard Law School (2015); Harvard Black Law Students Association, Internal Vice President (2014-2015); Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Executive Editor 
  • M.Ed., Boston University, Curriculum and Teaching
  • B.A., Yale University, Political Science and African American Studies


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Patrick J. Schiltz, Law Clerk (2017-2018)
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Associate (2015-2017)
  • Boston Collegiate Charter School, 5th and 6th Grade Special Education Teacher (2010-2012)


  • State of Minnesota
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

Davida's Practice Areas

  • Antitrust and Competition

    Greene Espel can help you navigate antitrust and competition investigations, government enforcement actions, white collar criminal investigations and litigation, trial and appellate litigation, and compliance counseling.

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  • Appellate

    “What’s next?” Greene Espel can guide you through the appellate process, providing an objective assessment of the pivotal issues, developing a strategy based on how appellate judges are likely to view a case in light of legal, institutional, and policy considerations, and advocating effectively.

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  • Class Actions

    Clients regularly turn to Greene Espel when faced with high-stakes, class-action litigation. Greene Espel attorneys have defended dozens of putative class actions in federal and state courts all across the country.

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  • Commercial Litigation

    Our business litigation practice embraces the wide variety of commercial disputes facing private and public companies today. Areas of particular expertise include intellectual property, antitrust, securities, employment, professional liability, and construction disputes.

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  • Employment Litigation

    Businesses, public institutions, and individuals seek out Greene Espel for representation in a wide range of employment-litigation matters. 

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  • Employment Counseling

    Greene Espel partners with employers to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces, to develop and implement employment policies, and to advise about the myriad of employment issues that may arise daily. 

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  • Employment Investigations

    Employers rely on Greene Espel to conduct internal investigations about their most sensitive and high-stakes workplace issues. 

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  • Non-Compete Disputes and Litigation

    Employees come and go. When their departures implicate legal obligations, Greene Espel can help. Greene Espel mobilizes immediately when clients must seek, or defend against, expedited injunction motions that may arise when employees move from one job to another.  

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  • Anti-corruption and FCPA

    Greene Espel rivals big firms with its experienced group of corruption and FCPA investigators and counselors. We help companies efficiently and effectively investigate allegations of corruption, assess their compliance programs, and present their best possible case to prosecutors and regulators. 

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  • Internal Investigations

    We leverage our experience to conduct sensitive and high-profile internal investigations for our clients. We also help clients navigate investigations to mitigate reputational, regulatory, and litigation risks. 

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  • White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense

    We provide an insider’s perspective and the experience to vindicate your interests and defend your name in complex criminal and regulatory matters. 

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Davida's Recognition & Awards

  • Appointed to the Merit Selection Panel by Chief Judge John R. Tunheim to advise the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota on the selection of a new U.S. Magistrate Judge (January 2021)
  • Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer (2021)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021-2024)
  • Selected to Minnesota Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2020-2023)
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2019)


August 17, 2023
Best Lawyers Recognizes 16 Greene Espel Attorneys on the 2024 Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists
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July 18, 2023
16 Greene Espel Attorneys Recognized on the Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
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May 20, 2024
Sybil Dunlop, Jenny Gassman-Pines, and Davida Williams to Present at Minnesota CLE's 2023 Employment Law Institute
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May 18, 2023
Jenny Gassman-Pines and Davida Williams to Present at Minnesota CLE's 2023 Employment Law Institute
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January 1, 2021
Why the Supreme Court Denied Review of Eighth Circuit Murder Conviction,
"Davida inspires confidence in her handling of cases by melding practicality with a thorough and analytical approach. I absolutely trust both her judgment and legal acumen."
— Fortune 500 Client Contact

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