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Damon is ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” in Advertising and Media Law, Civil Appellate Law, Civil Rights/Constitutional Law, Commercial Litigation and ADR by Leading Lawyers Network and has an “AV (highest certification) Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell, a leading professional directory. He recently successfully argued a corporate merger case of first impression to the Delaware Supreme Court, won two Illinois defamation appeals and served as a Special Assistant Illinois Attorney General at the request of the Circuit Court of Cook County. His practice has ranged from obtaining one of the first internet injunctions against a “diversion” website to exposing a multimillion dollar commercial bribery ring. He has successfully litigated numerous cases of first impression, resulting in published opinions on the First Amendment, Seventh Amendment, defamation, copyright, securities and antitrust, labor and employment, and fiduciary remedies and represented defendants, persons of interest and witnesses in Federal investigations and prosecutions.
Damon has represented clients in over 40 appeals (excepting expert witness and consulting). Some newsworthy appeals he argued include: Imperial Design v. Cosmo's Designer Direct, et al. (reported in Chicago Law Bulletin February 7, 2008); Knafel v. Chicago Sun-Times, (Chicago Law Bulletin, June 29 and August 8, 2005); Brennan v. Kadner, (Chicago Law Bulletin, Aug. 11, 2004); Williams Electronics Games v. Garrity, et al. (Chicago Law Bulletin, June 9, 2004); Salamone v. Hollinger, Int'l., (Chicago Law Bulletin, April 22, 2004); International Financial Services Corp. v. Chromas Technologies Canada, (IICLE Civil Litigation); Harrison v. Chicago Sun Times, (Editor & Publisher, August 2003).
Damon graduated with Honors from the College of Wooster and worked in New York City television news, was Coordinator of Exhibitions for the American Institute of Graphic Arts and authored a play produced Off-Off Broadway. After relocating to Chicago, he received his law degree with High Honors from IIT - Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honor Society, admitted into the Bar and Gavel Society and an Assistant Instructor. Damon was on the National Moot Court Competition team which won the New York Bar Association’s Evans Hughes Trophy and American College of Trial Lawyers’ Medal for Excellence, writing the Best Brief in the nation and placing third overall in the National Finals. The brief is published in 56 Chicago Kent Law Review 911 (1980).
Damon is a frequent contributor to the Media Law Research Center and authored, among other works, "Strikes" in The Labor Law Handbook (Ill. Inst. for CLE). He served on panels addressing First Amendment issues for The Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University and University of Illinois and is quoted online and in print. He enjoys fly fishing and riding horses with his family in Western wilderness areas.
U.S. Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for Northern District of Indiana.