Damon Elder is the litigation practice leader for Morgan Lewis’s Seattle office. He has experience in a broad variety of civil litigation, with a particular focus on consumer protection and product liability litigation, complex commercial disputes, and employment-related litigation. Damon has defended clients against consumer protection class actions and complaints filed by state and federal authorities in dozens of cases across the United States, with an emphasis on lawsuits arising in Washington.
Damon is fantastic, outstanding. He's very knowledgeable in all respects.
Damon has represented numerous companies, executives, and business owners in connection with disputes over the management, control, and transactions of their businesses. He also has experience representing employers in disputes over noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, employment discrimination claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Damon was a founding partner in the law firm Calfo Eakes in Seattle. He currently serves on the board of directors of Camp Korey, a Seattle-area nonprofit that serves children with life-altering medical conditions and their families.
Defended one of Seattle’s largest employers against multiple lawsuits alleging employment discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment, including in three-week and four-week jury trials; juries in each case returned complete defense verdicts in favor of the employer
Represented a major pharmaceutical company in connection with consumer protection allegations filed by the Washington Office of the Attorney General arising from the sale and marketing of the company’s implant products; after substantially narrowing the plaintiff’s claims through pretrial motions, the case settled on terms favorable to the client
Represented an information technology company in a False Claims Act case relating to the provision of software and related services to the US Department of Defense and various military commands; obtained a favorable ruling for the client at summary judgment
Represented a nonprofit in arbitration against various claims for breach of contract brought by multiple plaintiffs; obtained a favorable award resulting in the complete dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims and a significant financial award for the client
Georgetown University Law Center, 2008, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Georgetown University, 2004, B.A.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Up and Coming, Litigation: General Commercial, Washington, Chambers USA (2023)