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Doneene Damon

Immediate Past President, Richards, Layton & Finger

Doneene Damon is the immediate past president of Richards, Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm.  She also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Business Department and chair of the Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group.  Doneene focuses her legal practice on the use of Delaware and New York trusts in a wide range of commercial transactions, and represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law.


Doneene serves on the boards of the Forum of Executive Women, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the Delaware Business Roundtable, the Structured Finance Association, the First State FinTech Lab, the Cameron Kravitt Foundation, and two privately held companies.  

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She is also past chair of the board of directors of Christiana Care Health System, Inc., Delaware’s largest health system.  In addition, Doneene is a member of the Temple University Beasley School of Law Board of Visitors, St. Joseph’s University Board of Trustees, St. Joseph’s University HAUB School of Business Board of Visitors, and the American Law Institute. 

A tireless advocate for diversity, Doneene is a member of the Steering Committee for the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project. She previously served on the board of directors for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. Doneene was chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Lawyers of Color Subcommittee, was Diversity co-chair of the Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations, and was co-chair of the Committee on Corporate Director Diversity, committed to promoting the placement of women and minorities on boards of directors. Doneene chaired Richards Layton’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for many years and is one of the leaders of the firm’s Women’s Initiative.

Doneene’s many awards include Savoy magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers, the National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year Circle, the American Bar Association’s Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award, the National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence in the Law Award, and the International Women’s Review Board for Excellence in Law.  She is also regularly named in several distinguished legal directories.  Ms. Damon earned a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

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