Overview

Damon M. Brown has successfully developed and executed pre-litigation resolution strategies as well as represented employers in federal and state court at every stage of employment litigation, including harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and whistleblower retaliation claims, wage and hour class actions, unfair competition, workers’ compensation discrimination claims and OSHA matters. Damon is a trial lawyer, having tried a number of cases to verdict.

Damon provides training, investigates complaints and counsels employers in all aspects of personnel matters, including:

  • Wage and hour issues
  • Disability accommodation
  • Leaves of absence
  • Employee discipline
  • Harassment complaints
  • Company-wide layoffs and terminations
  • Development of employee handbooks and policies

He also negotiates and drafts employment, executive compensation, confidentiality and severance agreements and regularly defends employers in actions filed with state and federal agencies such as the Public Employment Relations Board, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the Office of Administrative Hearings.

In addition, Damon has traditional labor relations experience representing employers during collective bargaining, union organizing drives and in grievance arbitrations, and defending employers against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board. The diverse client base he represents includes municipalities, K-12 and community college districts, non-profits, and businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing, airline, hospitality, technology, food service, trucking and retail industries.

Damon is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, including workplace harassment, wage and hour, discrimination, disability accommodation and leave of absence administration under the Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board Member

Constitutional Rights Foundation

President

California Association of Black Lawyers

2018-2019

Member

State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation

2015-2018

President

John M. Langston Bar Association

2012

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2014-2018

Named, Top 40 Lawyers Under 40

National Bar Association

2011

Speaking Engagements

Are We in a New Civil Rights Era: The New Wave of Civil Rights Litigation

Holland & Knight Speaker Series; Los Angeles, CA

February 15, 2018

Navigating the Murky Waters of Workplace Accommodation

National Bar Association’s 90th Annual Convention; Los Angeles, CA

July 22, 2015

Recent Developments in Labor and Employment for 2015

California Association of Black Lawyers’ 38th Annual Convention; Los Angeles, CA

April 24, 2015

Omnipresence of Social Media

John M. Langston Bar Association’s Langston Law Institute, Los Angeles, CA

September 13, 2014

Pregnancy & Beyond: Understanding Workplace Accommodation, Leave, and Lactation Rights

Orange County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section Meeting; Newport Beach, CA

July 14, 2014

Overcoming Bias in the Employment Bar

California Employment Lawyers Association’s Third Annual Diversity Leadership Summit; Loyola Law School

May 20, 2014

Wage & Hour Class Action Litigation in California: How is the California Supreme Court’s Decision in Brinker, And the United States Supreme Court’s Decision in Concepcion Impacting Wage and Hour Class Litigation

National Employment Law Council’s Annual Convention, Arlington, VA

April 20, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2001with Honors

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California