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Lisa Damon

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Labor and Employment Department; Employment Litigation & Counseling Practice Group.


Lisa Damon is the former national Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and leads the SeyfarthLean program throughout the firm. Her practice has a particular emphasis on the litigation of discrimination and harassment claims in the context of single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff cases. She also counsels clients on the avoidance of employment litigation through improved management policies and practices, positive employee relations training and diversity assessment. She advises companies nationwide on issues of diversity and conducts privileged and non-privileged audits and assessments of the workplace.


National Chair, Labor and Employment Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (2009-2017); Member, Executive Committee, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Member, Compensation Committee, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Member, SeyfarthLean Steering Committee; Chair, Labor and Employment Department Leadership Team.


Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers; American Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association; Boston Bar Association; Women's Bar Association; Greater Boston Legal Services (1996-1999).


JD, Fordham University School of Law (1987); MS, Fordham University (1984); BA, Beloit College (1978).

United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a team of 'good experts, comprising seasoned lawyers supervising stellar long-term associates'. Noted for its expertise in wage-and-hour class actions and workplace litigation alleging discrimination, the nationwide group is praised for being 'hands on, extremely thorough, and extraordinarily knowledgeable'. Work highlights included Noah Finkel and Andrew Scroggins acting for Epic Systems as co-counsel (alongside Hogan Lovells US LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP) in a landmark case decided by the Supreme Court in May 2018, relating to the enforceability of the agreement into which the plaintiff entered requiring the parties to resolve wage-hour disputes through individual arbitration and waive class and collective proceedings. The 'one-of-a-kind' Gerald Maatman continues to lead a team acting for Sterling Jewelers (together with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in an employment discrimination class action. Brian Ashe successfully acted for Digital Realty Trust before the Supreme Court in a case relating to the definition and statutory application of the term 'whistleblower'. Camille Olson is a 'world class lawyer' and Washington DC-based Raymond Baldwin is a ' zealous advocate for his clients with a practical approach'. In Los Angeles, Andrew Paley is an 'extremely well-versed adviser', and Jon Meer is praised for his 'immense knowledge and trial practice'. Atlanta's Robert Stevens is described as an 'expert in restrictive covenant work'; clients also appreciate Kerry Friedrichs in San Francisco and Pamela Devata for 'being leaders in their field and being able to answer questions on the spot'. Further recommended individuals are practice head Laura Maechtlen and Christian Rowley in San Francisco, Boston's Richard Alfred and the 'greatly experienced and knowledgeable' Lisa Damon, Lorie Almon and Gina Merrill in New York, as well as Richard Lapp. In Houston, the team was strengthen by the arrival of Scott Nelson from Baker McKenzie LLP in May 2018, while John Yslas joined the Los Angeles office from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in July 2018. Named attorneys are based in Chicago except where indicated otherwise.

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Workplace and employment counseling

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Lisa Damon - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Clients appreciate Seyfarth Shaw LLP¬†for being ‚Äėsmart, creative, practical and for genuinely caring about getting the best quality‚Äô. The team has experience in advising on organizational change and developing innovative technology tools as well as in workplace discrimination and harassment counseling. Chicago-based David Baffa¬†chairs the workplace compliance solutions practice group and is an expert on a variety of employment-related matters, such as workforce reductions and restructurings, pay equity and training. Senior counsel Lawrence Lorber¬†in Washington DC is regularly engaged by the US Chamber of Commerce in connection with employment issues, including regulatory representation on pending rule making. Ellen McLaughlin, who is based in Chicago, assisted an automotive manufacturer in increasing productivity while staying compliant with federal and state laws. The firm also has a dedicated group advising on pay equity, which is led by¬†Christine Hendrickson¬†(recently promoted to partner) and Annette Tyman¬†in Chicago. Lisa Damon¬†in Boston has ‚Äėdetailed knowledge of the law and is pragmatic and unfailingly responsive‚Äô. Further notable practitioners are the ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô Daniel Waldman¬†in New York, the ‚Äėexcellent strategist‚Äô Jon Meer¬†in Los Angeles and Frederick Smith¬†in Atlanta, who has a ‚Äėgreat amount of experience to lean on‚Äô. In New York,¬†William Perkins¬†is well versed in the different forms of discrimination and harassment claims, while associate Joshua Seidman¬†specializes in paid sick leave matters. Chelsea Mesa¬†in Los Angeles has a ‚Äėmeticulous no-nonsense approach‚Äô.¬†Scott Nelson¬†was a new arrival in May 2018 in the Houston office, joining from¬†Baker McKenzie LLP.

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