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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.

  • 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; trusts; environmental remediation and miscellaneous disputes. Representation in Federal investigations and prosecutions of defendants, persons of interest and witnesses. Notable decisions include: Baker v. America’s Mortgage Servicing and Resolution Trust Corp. (CA 7th Cir.; federal instrumentalities); Brennan v. Kadner (Ill. App.: defamation); Chicago Tribune Company, et al. v. City of Chicago (N.D. Ill.: public access); Chicago Typographical Union v. Chicago Sun-Times (CA 7th: labor injunctions); Chicago Style Productions v Chicago Sun-Times (Ill App.: copyright jurisdiction); Chrissafis v Continental Airlines (N.D. Ill.: Airline Deregulation Act preemption): FdG Logistics v A&R Logistics Holdings (Del.: mergers and acquisitions); Harrison v. Chicago Sun Times (Ill. App.: defamation); Hoffman v. Primedia (CA 7th Cir.: employment law); Imperial Design v. Cosmo’s Designer Direct, et al. (Ill Supreme: First Amendment); Kapotas v. BGA et al (Ill. App.: speech torts); Knafel v. Chicago Sun-Times (CA 7th Cir.: defamation); Marks v CDW Computer Centers (CA 7th Cir.; securities fraud); Seith v Neal (Ill. App.: defamation); Sheehan v. Daily Racing Form, (CA 7th Cir.: age discrimination); Underwager v. Channel 9 Australia, et al. (CA 9th Cir.: First Amendment extraterritoriality); USA v Security Industrial Bank, et al. (USSC: bankruptcy judges); Ward v. Succession of Freeman, et al. (CA 5th Cir.: tender offers); Williams Electronics Games v. Garrity, et al. (CA 7th Cir.: corporate fiduciaries).


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., with High Honors
    • Bar and Gavel Society
    • Moot Court Society CJ
    • National Moot Court Competition Final Four
    • American College of Trial Lawyers’ Medal for Excellence
    • New York Bar Association’s Evans Hughes Trophy
  • 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 District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois
  • “Top Lawyers of Chicago” (Chicago Tribune)
  • “Illinois Leading Lawyer” for: Advertising and Media Law; Intellectual Property; Commercial Litigation; Civil Appellate Law; Civil Rights/Constitutional Law; and ADR (Top 5% of Peer Reviewed Illinois Lawyers)
  • “AV” Peer Review Rating (highest Martindale Hubbell certification)
  • Portrayed in Soulless, the case against R. Kelly, by James DeRogatis (Abrams 2020).
  • Quoted in 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 Institute
  • Panelist: Chicago Headline Club, DePaul University Center for Journalistic Integrity and Excellence, JMLS 61st Annual IP Conference, Loyola University, and University of Illinois.
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