Damien C. Powell is a partner in the Litigation department. Since joining the firm in 2006, Damien has represented individuals and businesses in a wide variety of complex civil and white-collar criminal matters before state and federal courts, and administrative agencies.
Damien’s civil practice focuses on complex business litigation, and includes representing clients in disputes involving business torts, breach of contract, antitrust violations, and employment-related disputes. In his criminal practice, Damien defends executives, corporations, and professionals in government investigations and litigation involving white-collar crimes. A portion of Damien’s practice also involves representing doctors, lawyers and students in disciplinary, licensing, and regulatory proceedings. Prior to joining the firm, Damien served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2015
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Attorney, 2014
Law Clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court (2005-2006)
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
Production Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review
Denison University, B.A., Political Science, 2000
PRESENTATION & PUBLICATIONS
Quoted in "Info From Journalists Isn’t ‘Work Product,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2019)
Chair, “Emerging Issues in Discovery Practice,” MCLE (2018)
Chair, “Emerging Issues in Discovery Practice: Social media is exploding—harness its power,” MCLE (2017)
Panelist, "Healthcare Fraud 2016: Government and Defense Perspectives," Boston Bar Association (2016)
Moderator, “Drafting and Answering Complaints,” Boston Bar Association (2016)
Panelist, “Summer Success Guide for Law Clerks,” Boston College Law (2016)
Panelist, “Responding to Government Subpoenas,” Boston Bar Association (2015)
Panelist, “Careers in Healthcare Law,” Boston College Law (2014)
Court / bar admissions
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Bank fraud; Mail and wire fraud; Mortgage fraud; Tax fraud; Healthcare fraud; Pharmaceutical marketing/Kickbacks/Off label; Public corruption; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Internal investigations; Professional licensing and disciplinary cases (physicians, attorneys, CPAs, licensed or regulated professionals); Business tort; Healthcare whistleblower claims; Construction and real estate litigation; Commercial litigation; Intra-family disputes; SEC civil cases; Contract disputes; Investor vs. stock broker; Unfair and deceptive trade practices (Chapter 93A); Noncompetition agreements; Employment disputes/discrimination/retaliation
Professional services; Privately held corporations; Biomedical & pharmaceutical companies; Elder care providers; Home/ hospice care; Hospitals; Providers; Non-profit organizations; Colleges/universities; Professional societies & associations
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
Civic & charitable activities
Pro bono representation of prisoner in a federal civil rights litigation
Volunteer for Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-a-Lawyer Program
Former Guardian ad Litem in Suffolk Juvenile Court
“There could not have been a better person to take on my case and the list of things that I am thankful to you for is far too long to list. However, if I were to pick the first things that come to mind, thank you for your knowledge, your patience, your humor, and your support. Thank you for playing the primary role in getting me through an incredibly terrifying situation and making it possible for me to rebuild my career.” - Health care professional, charges dismissed.
“I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me. Your assistance has been immeasurable during these past months. … The advice you gave me and all your help were instrumental to achieving the successful result. … You’ve had an incredible impact on my life and I hope to someday be as competent in my job as you.” - College student, discipline avoided.
Off the record...
When the tie comes off, Damien enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing in the backyard with his three kids.
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- Successfully settled a wide-ranging federal false claims investigation against a skilled nursing company
- Spearheaded internal investigation for public company’s special litigation committee of alleged Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations
- Obtained dismissal of all civil claims against drug manufacturer in commercial contract litigation
- Persuaded federal prosecutors not to bring charges against attorney in a fraud investigation
- Obtained dismissal of Medicaid Fraud charges against healthcare professional
- Successfully represented numerous executives from pharmaceutical and device manufacturing companies in wide-ranging federal investigations
- Secured favorable disposition of probation for client charged with multiple counts of insurance fraud
- Member of trial team that represented client in sixteen-day trial and won significant appeal in Big Dig criminal case
- Member of trial team that successfully represented clients in four-week breach of contract jury trial resulting in a $2M verdict
- Successfully represented numerous college and graduate students in university disciplinary proceedings
- Obtained injunction and secured favorable settlement for pro bono client in federal civil rights litigation
“Excellent work, excellent results.”
Landmark ruling in scientific misconduct case
Giving back to our community
“Thank you for giving me my life back.”
Significant appeal in Big Dig criminal case
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