Damon W.D. Wright

Partner

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Damon Wright is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. and Alexandria offices of Gordon & Rees and a member of the Advertising & E-Commerce, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Mr. Wright serves as outside general counsel to dozens of businesses and entrepreneurs who sell products and services online, including e-commerce retailers, technology companies, lead generators, advertising agencies, and related service providers. For these and other clients, his goal is focused and simple – to protect and strengthen their business.

    Mr. Wright primarily focuses on online advertising, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, business transactions, and consumer protection law, as well as resolving, prosecuting, and defending against legal action. At the same time, clients rely on Mr. Wright for strategic advice and counsel with any legal need.  As a trusted advisor and zealous advocate, he has helped clients proactively avoid, overcome, or achieve success in all variety of challenges. These include FTC and state attorney general actions, business and contract disputes, consumer class actions, trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, right of publicity, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, negative media coverage, and other high-stakes matters.  

    Over his more than twenty years of practice, Mr. Wright has earned a reputation as a leader in the online advertising community.  He understands the internet, listens and relates to clients, and knows how to achieve business growth with legal compliance. Mr. Wright serves as co-head of the firm’s Advertising & E-Commerce practice group and is outside general counsel to the Subscription Trade Association and Responsible Traffic Association.

    Admissions

    Virginia
    District of Columbia
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
    U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
    U.S. Tax Court

    Memberships

    General Counsel, Subscription Trade Association
    General Counsel, Responsible Traffic Association
    General Counsel, Together We Bake
    Member, Federal Bar Association
    Member, American Bar Association
    Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
    Past president, officer, and board member, Northern Virginia Chapter of Federal Bar Association, 2007 - 2015
    Frequently writes and speaks on litigation, trial advocacy, and internet advertising law

    Community Involvement

    Pro Bono

    • Since 2002, has represented Freddie Woods, recently obtaining the reversal of his 1997 capital murder conviction and death sentence
    • Represents Together We Bake, a job-training and personal empowerment program based on a micro-baking business and founded by his wife that helps women in need of a second chance develop employment and life skills

    Personal Activities

    • An avid music fan, leads a group of friends and clients to the annual South by Southwest music festival
    • Represents musical acts, including Rusty Maples and Dave Gutter, lead singer of the bands Paranoid Social Club, Rustic Overtones, and Armies
    • Manages and plays percussion in Noise In The Basement, a local cover band and three-time winner of Law Rocks – DC, an annual battle of the bands competition
    • Plays adult coed soccer throughout the year
    • Has a teenage daughter at the College of William & Mary and two teenage sons in Alexandria, Virginia public schools
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • For online information product retailer, obtained multiple consent judgments, including substantial damages and permanent injunctions following trademark and copyright infringement by competitors
    • At trial, represented newspaper in trademark infringement case and obtained permanent injunction requiring that competing newspaper change its name
    • Represented international online dating service in lawsuit by competitor; prevailed on motion to vacate default and obtained dismissal of competitor’s false advertising, trademark infringement, and unfair completion claims, with award of attorney's fees and costs
    • Represented online computer and television retailer in defense of FTC investigation, resulting in closed investigation and no enforcement action
    • Represented business owners in defamation action against consumer complaint website, defeating motion to dismiss that asserted Section 230 Communications Decency Act (CDA) immunity from liability
    • Represented online nutraceutical retailer in evidentiary hearing before Better Business Bureau (BBB), persuading BBB to restore client’s BBB accreditation and A+ rating
    • Won sanctions, summary judgment, and affirmance on appeal – with actual damages, treble damages, and attorneys' fees – in false advertising case against online sports memorabilia retailer
    • For online information product retailer, obtained arbitration award for actual damages and attorney fees against a serial plaintiff consumer on counterclaim for breach of prior settlement agreement
    • Represented telecom software company in breach of contract action by reseller, with court dismissing all non-contract claims and granting summary judgment on contract claim, finding reseller could recover no damages
    • Obtained preliminary injunction after evidentiary hearing for online health and beauty product retailer in trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, and misappropriation case against competitor
    • Won sanctions, summary judgment, and affirmance on appeal in trademark infringement, fraud, and breach of duty of loyalty case between competing government contractors
    • Represented software company founders at trial, against publicly traded corporation in a securities fraud, stock conversion, and shareholder dispute, obtaining compensatory damages, punitive damages, and sanctions
    • Represented several high-net-worth clients in fraud and accounting malpractice lawsuits against national accounting firm, obtaining evidence that led to partial summary judgment, favorable settlements, and federal criminal prosecution
    • In several confidential matters on behalf of various web-based business clients negotiated with national media outlets to retract, narrow, or balance otherwise unfavorable media coverage
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1996

    B.S., Political Science, cum laude, James Madison University, 1993

    Clerkship

    Honorable Barry R. Poretz, U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 1996-1997

    Honors

    AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2007 – Present

    Included in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2012 – Present

    Recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer," American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel's Washington DC & Baltimore’s Legal Leaders, Intellectual Property, 2013

    Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Business Litigation; Washington, DC, 2013

    Named Just The Beginning Foundation Diversity Champion, 2008

    Recipient, Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2007

    Named T. Brooke Howard Fellow; Alexandria, Virginia Office of the Public Defender, 1994