Overview

Damon Fisher is a partner in Kirkland’s Los Angeles corporate group. His practice focuses on highly structured and complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, financings and restructurings. He also counsels clients with respect to executive compensation, corporate governance and other corporate matters. A significant portion of Damon’s practice involves the representation of private equity firms and their portfolio companies. He also represents public and private companies, including in connection with business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).

Damon has served as lead counsel in transactions involving a variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, apparel, consumer products, business services, health care, construction, food and beverage, restaurants, sports, entertainment, media and gaming. He has represented, among others, Aurora Capital Group, Brentwood Associates, Eldridge Industries, Fortress Investment Group, Lion Capital, Media Rights Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, Shamrock Capital Advisors and Vicente Capital.

Damon has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business every year since 2014 in the area of Corporate/M&A: Private Equity. In the 2022 edition of Chambers, a client reported that “In situations involving challenging counterparties, I have found him to be exceptionally skilled at achieving his client's objectives.” In the 2021 edition of Chambers, commenters said that Damon “possesses deep knowledge of private equity transactions, in addition to ancillary expertise in corporate governance matters.” According to the 2019 edition of Chambers, a client reported that Damon is “one of the most commercial and talented lawyers I’ve worked with.” According to the 2017 edition of Chambers, “Damon is lauded by clients for his insight into business practicalities”; “[b]eyond the legal expertise, he has superb business judgment and is able to read situations and pull from a diverse range of experiences to provide great advice and guidance.” In prior editions of Chambers, commenters said that Damon “does an excellent job identifying potential issues and communicating them in a clear fashion” and that they appreciate his ability to remain “super calm in the pocket of high-pressure transactions” while delivering “rock-solid business advice.”

Damon serves as a Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Office Operations Committee and also serves on numerous Firmwide committees, including the Partner Review Committee and the Billing and Collections Committee.

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Recognition

Chambers USA: Private Equity: Buyouts – California, 2014–2023

The Legal 500 U.S.: Private Equity Buyouts, 2023

Best Lawyers: Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2023

Los Angeles Business Journal: Leaders of Influence: Advisors, 2021

Memberships & Affiliations

Marymount High School, Board of Trustees; Chair of Finance Committee

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • California

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los AngelesJ.D.
  • University of California, San DiegoB.A., Political Science