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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. His practice has ranged from winning 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.
Some of the newsworthy appeals Damon has 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 and for the American Institute of Graphic Arts as Coordinator of Exhibitions. While in NYC, he also authored a play that was 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 1980 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 the Chapter on "Strikes" in The Labor Law Handbook (Ill. Inst. for CLE). He has served on panels addressing First Amendment issues for The Chicago Headline Club, Loyola University and University of Illinois and is often quoted in the news media. 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.