Jacksonville
200 West Forsyth Street
Suite 1700
Jacksonville, Florida 32202-4317T: 904.356.8900

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • Defense of Wage and Hour Litigation
  • Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • Defense of Constitution/Civil Rights Litigation for public sector clients
  • EEO counseling and preventative maintenance
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Policy analysis and employment law training

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Georgia, 1990
  • Florida, 1990

Education

Mercer University School of Law

  • J.D., 1990

Wake Forest University

  • B.S., History, 1985

Seminars & Presentations

News

F. Damon Kitchen
Partner

"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."

--Douglas MacArthur

  • Recognized in Florida Super Lawyers
  • Recognized in the publication, Best Lawyers In America
  • Successfully defended cases in all areas of labor and employment law, including, but not limited to: claims of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, equal pay violations, wage and hour violations, employment-related freedom of speech, due process and equal protection claims arising under both the federal and state constitutions
  • Successfully defended cases involving claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, retention and supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and breach of contract
  • Experience in representing clients in traditional labor law matters, such as defending unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, opposing union organizing campaigns and serving as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations
  • Assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues
  • Frequent lecturer and presenter for human resource directors, managers and small business owners regarding labor and employment law issues
  • Recognized in Chambers USA Guide
  • Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar

More about me

Publications/Presentations

  • "Employment Discrimination," 47 Mercer Law Review, 797 (1996)
  • "Employment Discrimination," 45 Mercer Law Review, 1259 (1994)
  • "Employment Discrimination," 43 Mercer Law Review, 1124(1992)
  • "Representing the Employer in the Unemployment Compensation Appeals Process," 67 Florida Bar Journal, 53 (1993)
  • Jacksonville Best Places to Work - Jacksonville  Business Journal

Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in the publication, Best Lawyers In America (2006-2017)
  • Chambers USA Guide
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2007-2016)

Professional Activities/Associations

  • Member, The Florida Bar (1990 to present), Member, Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section (1996 to 2001 and 2008 to present), Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Section (2001 to 2003), Legal Education Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section (2004), Chair Elect of the Labor and Employment Law Section (2005), Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section (2006), Immediate Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section (2007), Treasurer of Council of Sections (2009-2010), Chair Elect of Council of Sections (2010-2011), Chair of Council of Sections (2011-2012)
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar (2001)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Section (1990 - present)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (1990 - present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Jacksonville Chapter (1990 - present) - President (2000-2001), Officer (1995-2000)
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (1990 - present), Vice Chair (2002 - 2003)
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Jacksonville Chapter (1996 to 2011)
  • Northeast Florida League of Cities (1990 to present)
  • North Florida Manufacturers Association (2006 to present)

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Member, Journey Church

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • Damon is married and the proud father of two grown boys. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and fishing. Damon is also an avid fan of NASCAR.
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