Damon M. Brown
Associate, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Damon M. Brown is a Senior Associate with Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Los Angeles, CA practicing in the areas of traditional labor and employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he enjoyed a great deal of success working for Ford & Harrison LLP in Los Angeles, CA handling complex litigation matters. Mr. Brown represents employers in state and federal courts in all aspects of employment litigation including class action lawsuits involving wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims. He has also successfully appeared before the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Brown devotes a significant part of his practice to helping clients anticipate and prevent claims through training, the drafting of employment and separation agreements, employee handbooks and general employment policies and procedures. Mr. Brown is experienced in conducting and assisting with investigations pertaining to harassment, discrimination and employee misconduct, and advising clients concerning compliance with state and federal employment laws. He also represents employers during labor negotiations and handles the arbitration of union grievances and other collective bargaining agreement disputes. Through his hard work, talent, dedication, vision for success, leadership, and unselfish desire to help others, he has earned great respect not only within the legal community, but also within the African American community. In 2004, he served as the keynote speaker for the Nashville NAACP's 50th Anniversary Brown v. Board of Education luncheon. He also serves as a guest lecturer at many law schools and colleges in the southern California area including the University of Southern California, Loyola Law School, and West Los Angeles College. Mr. Brown volunteers his time participating in programs organized by local Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapters as well as black student unions on high school and college campuses. He has also participated on and helped organize numerous panels on critical race theory, professional development, and other issues relevant to the legal community at Los Angeles area law schools. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Brown is also a professional genealogist and the founder of Become Whole—a company specializing in African American ancestry research. Mr. Brown is extremely active in his community. In 2009, Mr. Brown began serving on the board of the John M. Langston Bar Association (the oldest and largest bar association in California of predominantly African American lawyers and judges), where he currently serves as President-Elect. For his outstanding leadership and dedication, Mr. Brown received Langston's President's Award in 2010. He is a member of the Labor & Employment section of the State Bar of California, American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Multi-Cultural Bar Alliance, and the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association. Mr. Brown is a national officer for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and has received numerous awards for his commitment to service, including the Robert L. Harris Award—named after one of the National Bar Association's past presidents. Mr. Brown also serves as Vice President for the Kappa Achievement Fund, Inc., which is a non-profit foundation responsible for raising money to provide scholarships to high school seniors. From 2004-2006 he served as special counsel to the Kanye West Foundation and as a board member for the historic Dunbar Museum in Los Angeles. Mr. Brown supports other charitable organizations with his time, such as the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Mr. Brown graduated salutatorian of his class in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelors degrees in Political Science and African American Studies. At Berkeley, he led efforts to protest the assault on affirmative action through California's Proposition 209. He also spent a semester studying education, development, race and nationalism in Caribbean politics at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados., and received his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004. At Vanderbilt Law School, Mr. Brown was a student member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association in Nashville, TN, served as research assistant to Prof. Robert Belton in the revision of his employment law textbook Employment Discrimination Law: Cases and Materials on Equality in the Workplace, and received the Damali A. Booker Memorial Award in 2004 for his commitment to legal advocacy by founding the Thurgood Marshall Legal Activist Society and leading a campaign which brought attention to, and ultimately reversed, long-standing disparities in the admission of black students to the coveted Law Review. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, served as treasurer of the Vanderbilt Bar Association, Political Action Chair for BLSA, and received a certificate in international mediation and conciliation from the University of Bologna in Italy while studying abroad. Mr. Brown also worked in the Vanderbilt Juvenile Legal Clinic representing minors as guardian ad-litem in custody, adoption and delinquency matters.