People: Lisa J. Damon, Partner

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Lisa J. Damon

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4880
Fax: (617) 946-4801
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Ms. Damon is the National Chair of Seyfarth's Labor & Employment Department, where she represents management in the area of labor and employment law.  Her practice has a particular emphasis on litigation of discrimination and harassment claims, in the context of single-plaintiff actions and multiple-plaintiff claims.  Ms. Damon was one of the founding partners of Seyfarth’s Boston office which opened in 1999 with seven lawyers.  The office is now over 80 lawyers, representing our expanding client base in real estate, corporate, litigation, employee benefits and labor and employment law.

Ms. Damon’s practice is also dedicated to consulting with clients on avoiding 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.  Ms. Damon also works with management to devise and refine diversity programs, helping companies limit class action liability and achieve diversity objectives.

Ms. Damon has considerable experience litigating and advising clients concerning all aspects of employment law, including reductions in force, sexual harassment investigations, accommodation of disabled workers, hiring and termination, employment policies and issues of privacy. 

Ms. Damon is also on Seyfarth’s Executive Committee and leads the Seyfarth Lean Six Sigma program throughout the Firm.  Seyfarth has trained GreenBelts throughout all its offices and practice groups.  These GreenBelts are trained to lead client teams to deliver high value, predictably priced legal services to meet our client’s needs. Ms. Damon is a certified GreenBelt.

Ms. Damon speaks extensively, both on a local and national level, on various aspects of diversity, employment law, employment litigation and the use of lean six sigma in legal processes.

Within the past year, Ms. Damon has been recognized with four prominent national accolades: She was named one of the top 10 Agents of Change in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyer Report 2012; she was featured among the 10 most innovative attorneys in the country by the ABA Journal’s “Legal Rebels: Big Change in Big Law”; she was honored by Chambers USA as the 2012 Woman Employment Attorney of the Year, in large part due to her efforts with SeyfarthLean; and, she was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2012 ACC Value Champion.

Ms. Damon is the National Chair of Seyfarth's Labor & Employment Department, where she represents management in the area of labor and employment law.  Her practice has a particular emphasis on litigation of discrimination and harassment claims, in the context of single-plaintiff actions and multiple-plaintiff claims.  Ms. Damon was one of the founding partners of Seyfarth’s Boston office which opened in 1999 with seven lawyers.  The office is now over 80 lawyers, representing our expanding client base in real estate, corporate, litigation, employee benefits and labor and employment law.

Ms. Damon’s practice is also dedicated to consulting with clients on avoiding 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.  Ms. Damon also works with management to devise and refine diversity programs, helping companies limit class action liability and achieve diversity objectives.

Ms. Damon has considerable experience litigating and advising clients concerning all aspects of employment law, including reductions in force, sexual harassment investigations, accommodation of disabled workers, hiring and termination, employment policies and issues of privacy. 

Ms. Damon is also on Seyfarth’s Executive Committee and leads the Seyfarth Lean Six Sigma program throughout the Firm.  Seyfarth has trained GreenBelts throughout all its offices and practice groups.  These GreenBelts are trained to lead client teams to deliver high value, predictably priced legal services to meet our client’s needs. Ms. Damon is a certified GreenBelt.

Ms. Damon speaks extensively, both on a local and national level, on various aspects of diversity, employment law, employment litigation and the use of lean six sigma in legal processes.

Within the past year, Ms. Damon has been recognized with four prominent national accolades: She was named one of the top 10 Agents of Change in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyer Report 2012; she was featured among the 10 most innovative attorneys in the country by the ABA Journal’s “Legal Rebels: Big Change in Big Law”; she was honored by Chambers USA as the 2012 Woman Employment Attorney of the Year, in large part due to her efforts with SeyfarthLean; and, she was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2012 ACC Value Champion.

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law (1987)
  • M.S., Fordham University (1984)
  • B.A., Beloit College (1978)

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Affiliations

  • College of Law Practice Management (Elected as Fellow, 2013)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Elected as Fellow, 2009)
  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Greater Boston Legal Services (Board Member 1996 – 1999)
  • Women's Bar Association

 

Representative Engagements

  • Holt v. KMI Continental, 95 F.3d 123 (2d Cir.) (defense of race discrimination claims brought by in house counsel; affirmed summary judgment for employer)
  • Cummings v. Standard Register, 265 F.3d 56 (1st Cir.) (defense of claims by a former employee alleging age discrimination in violation of Massachusetts law)
  • Scott v. Sulzer Carbomedics, et al., Case No. 01-1640, (1st Cir.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging discrimination, breach of contract, libel, and slander; affirmed the district court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of the employer)
  • Tobin v.Liberty Mutual, Case No. 07-1764,(1st Cir.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging wrongful termination and unlawful age and handicapped discrimination)
  • Grace Cuddyer v. Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, 434 Mass. 521; 750 N.E.2d 928 (defense of sexual harassment claims)
  • Andrews v. Arkwright Mut. Ins. Co., 423 Mass. 1021, 673 N.E.2d 40 (the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed employee claims on statutue of limitations grounds)
  • Mary Sullivan & another v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 444 Mass. 34; 825 N.E.2d 522 (the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the summary judgment in favor of the defendant)
  • Tardanico v. Aetna Life & Cas. Co., 41 Mass.App.Ct. 443, 671 N.E.2d (the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in an age discrimination case)
  • Chukwurah v.Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., et al, Case No. 06-cv-1067 (D. Conn.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging retaliatory discharge and employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and age)
  • Hannah v. Sherwin Williams, Case No. 91-cv-30194 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims for  sex discrimination)
  • Maurice v. Save the Children, Case No. 93-cv-1087 (D. Conn.) (defense of claims for race discrimination)
  • Schiel, et al. v. Stop & Shop Co., Case No. 96-cv-1742, (D. Conn.) (defense of claims for sex discrimination)
  • Daniels v. Stop & Shop, et al., Case No. 96-cv-0841 (D. Conn.) (defense of claims for sex discrimination)
  • Lucarelli v. Stop & Shop, et al., Case No. 98-cv-1308 (D. Conn.) (defense of claims for sex discrimination)
  • Mayo v. The Golub Corporation, et al., Case No. 02-cv-40118 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims for sex discrimination)
  • Beardsley-Spiegel, et al. v. Viola, et al., Case No. 91-cv-0234 (D. Conn.) (defense of claims for sexual harassment)
  • Letendre v. Cove Management, et al., Case No. 02-cv-30130 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging wrongful termination in violation of the ADA)
  • Rosemond v. Stop and Shop Supermarket Company, 456 F. Supp. 2d 204 (D. Mass) (defense of claims by an employee alleging racial discrimination)
  • Barrientos v. Liberty Mutual Group, Inc., et al., Case No. 06-cv-10757 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging wrongful termination and discrimination)
  • Dahdah v. Kiewit Construction, Case No. 99-cv-12615 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims by employee alleging disability discrimination)
  • Kinan v. Prudential Financial, et al., Case No. 00-cv-12225 (D. Mass.) (defense of claims by an employee alleging age and handicapped discrimination)
  • Donovan-Rizzo v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 25 MDLR 284, 291 (administrative trial on claims of sex discrimination)
  • Andrade v. Stop and Shop Supermarket, Inc., 23 MDLR 213, 225 (administrative trial on claims of national origin discrimination)

Presentations

Publications

  • “Employer Commentator on Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination - Administrative Law Decisions, Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter,” Landlaw Specialty Publishers (1996-present)
  • “Hot Topics in Diversity,” ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee (2002 Mid-Winter Meeting)
  • Multiple publications for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association newsletters and programs

Accolades

  • Chambers USA - Women in Law Awards, Employment Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • ABA Journal, Legal Rebels: Big Change in Big Law, "Making It Lean" (selected as one of the 10 most innovative attorneys in the country (Sept. 2011 edition)
  • Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon Top 100 List of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2010, 2011)
  • Chambers & Partners, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Massachusetts Management Employment Lawyers (2003 - 2011)
  • Global Counsel Handbook – Labour and Employee Benefits (2002 - present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2011)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004-2011)
  • Featured in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, "Band of Sisters: Gradually, Women Move into Top Slots at State's Big Firms" (May 3, 2007)

Community Involvement

  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network Advisory Board (2009)
  • Fenway Community Health Member, Board of Directors (2002 - 2006)