Damon Fisher is a partner in Kirkland’s Los Angeles corporate group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and equity financings. 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 funds and their portfolio companies. Damon also has extensive experience advising on 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.” In the 2018 edition of Chambers, clients report that “Damon is very easy to work with, very detailed and very commercial in his approach.” 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.” Chambers also previously noted that Damon is praised for his “client-focused” approach to transactions, with others commenting favorably on his negotiation skills, saying that “he is very good at being forceful on a point, and knowledgeable, without being contentious.”
Damon serves as a Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Office Operations Committee and also serves on numerous Firmwide committees.
Memberships & Affiliations
Children’s Bureau, Board of Trustees
Marymount High School, Board of Trustees
Admissions & Qualifications
- Loyola Law School, Los AngelesJ.D.
- University of California, San DiegoB.A., Political Science