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Damon Dunn

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Damon’s client driven practice routinely addresses newsworthy questions of first impression. His First Amendment/media matters alone include 100 wins in forums from coast to coast and he has represented clients in approximately 50 diverse appeals on topics ranging from interpreting Delaware merger statutes to constitutional law. He served as a Special Assistant Illinois Attorney General at the request of the Circuit Court of Cook County, exposed multi-million dollar bribery rings and obtained one of the first injunctions against website diversions.

  • Includes cases arising under: Article III, Commerce and Bankruptcy Clauses, and First, Second, Fifth and Seventh Amendments to the Constitution; securities and antitrust laws; commercial and consumer disputes, class actions; intellectual property, media, internet and advertising law; labor and employment; trust law; federal preemption; environmental remediation and miscellaneous disputes. Representation in Federal investigations and prosecutions of defendants, persons of interest and witnesses. Appellate precedents include:  A&R Logistics Holdings v FdG Logistics (Del.: mergers and acquisitions); Baker v. America’s Mortgage Servicing (CA 7; federal instrumentalities); Brennan v. Kadner (Ill. App.: defamation); Chicago Typographical Union v. Chicago Sun-Times (CA 7: labor injunctions); Chicago Style Productions v Chicago Sun-Times (Ill App.: copyright jurisdiction); Goodman v Goodman (Ill. App.: litigation privilege); Harrison v. Chicago Sun Times (Ill. App.: defamation); Hirschauer v. The Chicago Sun-Times (Ill. App.: distribution rights); Hoffman v. Primedia (CA 7: employment discrimination); IFSC v. Chromas Technologies Canada (CA 7th: seventh amendment); Imperial Design v. Cosmo’s Designer Direct, et al. (Ill.:  First Amendment advertising); Kapotas v. BGA et al (Ill. App.: speech torts); Knafel v. Chicago Sun-Times (CA 7: defamation); Kornick v Goodman (Ill. App.: internet texting); Marks v CDW (CA 7: securities fraud); Marsalis v The Reader (CA 11: internet jurisdiction); Seith v Neal (Ill. App.: defamation); Sheehan v. Daily Racing Form, (CA 7: age discrimination); Underwager v. Channel 9 Australia, et al. (CA 9: First Amendment extraterritoriality); USA v Security Industrial Bank, et al. (US: bankruptcy judges); Ward v. Succession of Freeman, et al. (CA 5: tender offers); Williams Electronics Games v. Garrity, et al. (CA 7: defalcation and commercial bribery).


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., with High Honors
    • Bar and Gavel Society
    • Moot Court Society CJ
    • American College of Trial Lawyers’ Medal for Excellence
    • New York Bar Association’s Evan Hughes Trophy
    • National Moot Court Competition Final Four
    • 56 Chicago Kent Law Review 911 National Moot Court Best Brief
  • College of Wooster, B.A., with Honors


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • Various federal districts and state jurisdictions
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois
  • “Top Lawyers of Chicago” (Chicago Tribune)
  • “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating (highest Martindale Hubbell certification)
  • “Illinois Leading Lawyer”: Advertising and Media Law; Intellectual Property; Civil Appellate Law; Commercial Litigation; Civil Rights/Constitutional Law; and ADR (Top 5% of Peer Reviewed Illinois Lawyers)
  • Portrayed in Soulless, the case against R. Kelly, James DeRogatis (Abrams 2020).
  • Quoted: Publishing Executive; Entrepreneur; LA Times; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times; Pioneer Press; Chicago Reader; Editor & Publisher; Law 360; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; Daily Finance.
  • Media Law Research Center
  • DePaul University Center for Journalistic Integrity and Excellence, FOIA fellow
  • Innocence Project Board (2015-16)
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