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 a partner in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is the immediate past Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. In her tenure as Chair, the Department was awarded numerous honors for its superb legal work and innovation, including Chambers Band One ranking and six consecutive years as Law360 Practice Group of the Year. 

Companies nationwide rely on Ms. Damon’s significant experience in consulting on employment matters and litigating a broad-range of employment matters. As a trial lawyer and seasoned employment litigator, Ms. Damon brings many years of experience winning for her clients at all stages of litigation. She is a practical, business-focused advisor, getting results and limiting risk for her clients.

In addition to employment litigation, Ms. Damon’s practice is also dedicated to consulting with clients on policy implementation and avoiding employment litigation, through improved management policies and practices, positive employee relations, training and diversity assessment.  She advises companies on organizational strategy and conducts privileged investigations, audits and assessments of the workplace.  Ms. Damon also works with management to devise and refine all types of workplace programs, helping companies create a best-in-class environment for employees while limiting liability.

Ms. Damon also has considerable experience in devising and managing alternative, value-based fee structures and working with clients in successfully managing large portfolios of labor and employment work with a focus on reducing risk, lowering legal fees and increasing value to the business.

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 Scrum Master and Lean Six Sigma GreenBelt.

Ms. Damon speaks and consults extensively, both on a local and national level, on various aspects employment law, employment litigation and the use of lean six sigma, process improvement, data analysis and project management in legal processes. Ms. Damon was one of the small panel of “Big Thinkers” invited to speak at the 2017 Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) conference and is a regular speaker at local and national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) events.

Ms. Damon has been recognized throughout her career with many prominent national accolades including consecutive years in the Top 50 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in the US and Legal 500. Ms. Damon was also selected as the Chambers USA Woman Employment Attorney of the Year. Ms. Damon has been Chambers ranked in Band One since the inception of the Boston rankings and has recently been awarded their Esteemed Practitioner ranking. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Damon was also named one of the top 10 Agents of Change in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyer Report; she was featured among the 10 most innovative attorneys in the country by the ABA Journal’s “Legal Rebels: Big Change in Big Law”; and, she was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as an ACC Value Champion.

Ms. Damon is a partner in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is the immediate past Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. In her tenure as Chair, the Department was awarded numerous honors for its superb legal work and innovation, including Chambers Band One ranking and six consecutive years as Law360 Practice Group of the Year. 

Companies nationwide rely on Ms. Damon’s significant experience in consulting on employment matters and litigating a broad-range of employment matters. As a trial lawyer and seasoned employment litigator, Ms. Damon brings many years of experience winning for her clients at all stages of litigation. She is a practical, business-focused advisor, getting results and limiting risk for her clients.

In addition to employment litigation, Ms. Damon’s practice is also dedicated to consulting with clients on policy implementation and avoiding employment litigation, through improved management policies and practices, positive employee relations, training and diversity assessment.  She advises companies on organizational strategy and conducts privileged investigations, audits and assessments of the workplace.  Ms. Damon also works with management to devise and refine all types of workplace programs, helping companies create a best-in-class environment for employees while limiting liability.

Ms. Damon also has considerable experience in devising and managing alternative, value-based fee structures and working with clients in successfully managing large portfolios of labor and employment work with a focus on reducing risk, lowering legal fees and increasing value to the business.

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 Scrum Master and Lean Six Sigma GreenBelt.

Ms. Damon speaks and consults extensively, both on a local and national level, on various aspects employment law, employment litigation and the use of lean six sigma, process improvement, data analysis and project management in legal processes. Ms. Damon was one of the small panel of “Big Thinkers” invited to speak at the 2017 Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) conference and is a regular speaker at local and national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) events.

Ms. Damon has been recognized throughout her career with many prominent national accolades including consecutive years in the Top 50 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in the US and Legal 500. Ms. Damon was also selected as the Chambers USA Woman Employment Attorney of the Year. Ms. Damon has been Chambers ranked in Band One since the inception of the Boston rankings and has recently been awarded their Esteemed Practitioner ranking. She is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Ms. Damon was also named one of the top 10 Agents of Change in the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyer Report; she was featured among the 10 most innovative attorneys in the country by the ABA Journal’s “Legal Rebels: Big Change in Big Law”; and, she was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as an 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

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)