Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani welcomes Damon W. D. Wright as a partner in the firm's Advertising and E-Commerce group in the Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA offices. Wright was previously with Venable, LLP for twenty-two years in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
"We are very pleased Damon has joined Gordon & Rees," said Ronald Giller, managing partner of the Alexandria and Washington, D.C. offices. "Along with extensive intellectual property, advertising, and commercial litigation experience, he is a trusted advisor to many well-known and growing e-commerce retailers who seek his counsel to protect and strengthen their business. Damon has helped clients proactively avoid or overcome all variety of challenges – from the FTC and consumer class actions to infringement and business disputes. We look forward to his leadership in our expanding Advertising and E-Commerce group as we service the needs of clients across the country and across the internet."
Wright represents web-based businesses, e-commerce retailers, technology companies, affiliate networks, lead generators, and internet entrepreneurs. He focuses on advertising, internet, intellectual property, consumer, regulatory, business tort, and First Amendment law. He has a track record of success handling business disputes, trademark and copyright, false advertising, FTC and state attorney general investigations, defamation, right of publicity, fraud, trade secret, media relations, and other high-stakes matters.
Wright is outside general counsel to the Subscription Trade Association and the Responsible Traffic Association. Wright maintains an active national litigation practice while also providing responsive day-to-day and long-range strategic advice to help clients protect themselves and achieve smart growth. He frequently writes and speaks on litigation, trial advocacy and internet law.
Wright is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia. He is also admitted in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Ninth Circuit; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, District of Columbia, and District of Maryland. Wright is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and International Association of Defense Counsel, as well as a member, past board member, and Past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Wright is rated AV Preeminent® by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review system and has been repeatedly recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers.
For his service representing an inmate on Alabama’s death row, including ultimately obtaining reversal of his capital murder conviction and death sentence, Wright received the Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award. He was selected as a Diversity Champion by Just the Beginning Foundation—a non-profit founded by African-American federal judges to promote diversity in the legal profession. Wright is outside general counsel to Together We Bake, a non-profit and Alexandria-based job-training and empowerment program that helps women in need of a second chance. He plays percussion in Noise In The Basement, a three-time winner of the annual DC Law Rocks, 9:30 Club event.