Bryan Davis and William "Dooley" Gilchrist met in 2004 while working as associates at the Rodey Law Firm, one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in New Mexico. They shared an affinity for litigation and trial work, whatever the field of law. Eventually Bryan began focusing on healthcare fraud and abuse cases, and Dooley began focusing on employment cases, while they both continued to handle a wide range of cases in diverse areas of law from antitrust, civil rights, personal injury, to class actions, product liability, and real estate litigation. After five years together in the litigation trenches, Bryan and Dooley decided to join forces as partners in their own firm, Davis & Gilchrist, P.C., which opened its doors in 2009.
Since then, Bryan and Dooley have been taking on tough and complex cases primarily in the healthcare, employment, and legal malpractice areas. They have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their plaintiff clients. They have successfully disposed of high-stakes claims brought against their defense clients by motion practice and at trial. They have tried numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal courts in New Mexico, Utah, and Georgia (so far). Their knowledge and experience gives them the insight to advise their clients on the best legal strategy to maximum the potential to win or settle their case favorably.
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Bryan Davis is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He relocated to New Mexico in 1996 and earned his B.A. in History, summa cum laude, and J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Mexico, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the New Mexico Law Review and received the Dean's Award, West Book Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship, and Honors in Clinical Law.
Bryan has achieved the highest rating for ethical and legal abilities, AV, by Martindale-Hubbell, based on peer, judge, and client reviews. He has also been named a Southwest Super Lawyer in Healthcare Law for 2017 and 2018.
Bryan dedicates most of his time to handling healthcare matters involving Medicare/Medicaid fraud, physician employment and peer review disputes, and False Claims Act whistleblowers. Bryan has defended healthcare providers across a broad range of service lines in numerous Medicare/Medicaid fraud investigations by state and federal regulators as well as defended providers in health plan overpayment audits. Bryan also represents physicians and whistleblowers in disputes with hospitals and other healthcare facilities. He approaches these matters from a background of having representing numerous hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, health plans, payors, and Medicare/Medicaid providers in complex fraud, RICO, antitrust, False Claims Act, New Mexico Medicaid Fraud Act, ERISA, negligent credentialing, and unfair trade practice cases for over a decade.
Bryan focuses much of his practice on investigating and prosecuting qui tam and retaliation cases for whistleblowers who expose fraud on the government in the healthcare and government contractor arenas under the federal False Claims Act, New Mexico Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, and New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act. In January 2013, Bryan was co-counsel for a plaintiff in the first trial under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act, in which they obtained a verdict in excess of $710,000 against the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.
In October 2013, Bryan was lead trial counsel in a complex civil rights claim for an OB/GYN whose privileges were suspended at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico. The jury awarded Bryan's client $1,861,644 for lost income, damage to his reputation, and emotional distress.
Other practice highlights in the healthcare arena include obtaining dismissal of a putative $82 million antitrust claim brought by a physician against a hospital for malicious peer review, obtaining summary judgment for a hospital against Unfair Practices Act, fraud, and breach of contract claims challenging the manner in which a hospital set charges for emergency department services rendered to the uninsured, and obtaining dismissal of a putative $17,000,000 Medicaid Fraud Act claim brought by the New Mexico Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Unit against a provider of in-home assisted care services to Medicaid beneficiaries, which was affirmed on appeal to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Prior to founding Davis & Gilchrist in 2009, Bryan practiced with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb, P.A. and Bannerman & Williams, P.A., in Albuquerque, and Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. While in law school, Bryan served as Editor-in-Chief of the New Mexico Law Review, and interned with the Honorable John E. Conway, then Chief Judge for the United States District Court, District of New Mexico.
Bryan is married with four children. He is a general counsel and member of the Board of Directors for Rio Rapids Soccer Club and enjoys watching and playing soccer as well as playing guitar and "singing" in his alt-rock-garage band, Stereogeist.
New Mexico, 2004
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2002
U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2006
University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D. cum laude - 2002
Law Review: New Mexico Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2001 - 2002
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
B.A. summa cum laude - 1998
Singh v. LifePoint Hospitals, Inc, 536 F. Supp 2d 1234 (D.N.M 2008)
State ex rel. King v. Behavioral Home Care, Inc., 2015-NMCA-035, 346 P.3d 377
Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb, P.A, Albuquerque
Bannerman & Williams, P.A, Albuquerque
Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, Georgia
William "Dooley" Gilchrist is native of Jackson, Mississippi. He has lived, studied, and worked in New Mexico for the better part of 25 years. He attended college at the University of New Mexico, earning his B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law.
Dooley’s practice focuses on representation of employers in employment law matters, handling legal malpractice claims, general business and tort litigation, and governmental investigations.
Dooley has successfully represented employers in proceedings before the New Mexico Department of Labor, the New Mexico Human Rights Division, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts in and outside of New Mexico. He has handled employment litigation for employers in administrative proceedings and state and federal courts in New Mexico as well as in other states under the New Mexico Human Rights Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the False Claims Act, and state common law tort and contract matters.
Dooley has won both jury and bench trials on behalf of employers, and he has also won administrative proceedings for employers.
Dooley also has represented companies in breach of contract, attorneys’ fees, shareholder, and other business disputes, including obtaining a judgment for over $2,000,000 in a dispute between a product manufacturer and distributor.
Dooley has successfully represented victims of legal malpractice, and he has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for those victims. Dooley is not afraid to take on difficult cases or those involving high-profile lawyers and law firms. He represents individuals as well as companies damaged by the negligence of a lawyer.
Prior to founding Davis & Gilchrist, P.C., Dooley practiced with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A., and Bannerman & Williams, P.A., in Albuquerque. While in law school, Dooley served as an editor for his law school’s legislative drafting clinic. He also served as a staff member of the Boston University International Law Journal and as an intern at the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants.
Dooley is married with three children. In his spare time he pounds the drums for the alt-garage-emo-rock band Stereogeist, and trains for off-road, mountain trail-running events.
New Mexico, 2003
U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2003
U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2003
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. cum laude - 2003
Law Journal: Boston University International Law Journal, 2001 - 2003
Law Digest: Boston University Legislative Drafting Clinic, Editor, 2002 - 2003
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
B.A. - 1999
Major: Political Science
FMLA Updated, Sterling Educational Services, 2009
Employment Law Basics, State Bar of New Mexico, 2009
Civil Procedure Basics, National Business Institute, 2010
Anti-harassment/discrimination seminars to private businesses
Professional Associations and Memberships
Albuquerque Bar Association
American Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A., Attorney, 2003 - 2007
Bannerman & Williams, P.A., Attorney, 2007 - 2009
Pro Bono Activities
Board Member, State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers' Division, 2009
Committee Member, Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance committee of the New Mexico State Bar, 2015 - Present
Shayne Huffman is a native of El Paso, Texas. After earning his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Texas, El Paso, Shayne journeyed north, and attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2014.
Shayne joined Davis & Gilchrist in early 2017. His practice with the firm focuses on healthcare matters involving Medicare/Medicaid fraud, employment matters, general business and tort litigation, and representing victims of legal malpractice.
Prior to working for Davis & Gilchrist, Shayne practiced with German • Burnette & Associates, LLC, where his practice focused on the defense of governmental entities in the areas of employment law, civil rights, and personal injury. While in law school, Shayne was an editor of the Natural Resources Journal, a research assistant for Professors George Bach and Lu-In Wang, and a tutor for Introduction to Constitutional Law.
In the summer of 2012, Shayne returned home and spent an intense summer working at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center assisting refugees seeking asylum on the southern border. For his work in the UNM School of Law Clinical Program, Shayne received the Margaret Keiper Dailey Award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates awareness of social problems, concern for people in trouble and professional dedication to equal justice for all.
When Davis & Gilchrist allow Shayne to go outside and breath fresh air, he enjoys biking on the Bosque trail, skiing, and playing soccer. Shayne likes to spend time with his rambunctious blue heeler, Rocky, good friends, and his older brother, who also lives and works in Albuquerque.