Damon M. Gruber chairs the firm’s rapidly growing Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. He has led the team since its inception, and over the past 15-plus years, has developed a cohesive workers’ compensation program that allows the group’s attorneys to partner with clients and proactively reduce the risk of workers’ injuries.  

As part of his progressive practice, Damon has counseled clients extensively and has implemented firm-wide initiatives that assist companies with a wide range of matters, including opioid reduction, permanency awards, and return-to-work issues. 

He and his team now serve as a partner to many national self-insured companies, including those in the construction, retail, trucking, and manufacturing industries. As the leader of the Workers’ Compensation group, Damon works closely with the firm’s other practice groups to ensure clients receive coordinated representation for all their legal needs.

His background in the field includes all aspects of the claims process, from providing initial handling recommendations to overseeing every stage of the litigation process. He also has extensive appellate experience in cases involving sports law, hearing loss, psychological stress, and insurance coverage issues.

Damon is a prominent speaker and author on all aspects of workers’ compensation law. He has spoken at SEAK’s annual workers’ compensation conference, chaired an ExecuSummit seminar, and has been extensively involved in other legal and business organizations.

  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2017–18
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York , 2017–18
  • Business First's Who's Who in Law
  • Eagle Scout Award
Professional Affiliations
  • USLAW Network
  • New York Self-Insurers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  •       Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Community Advisory Board Member
  • Organization of Public Employee Negotiators 
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
Civic Activities
  • Coach, Mathewson McCarthy Baseball
  • Past Assistant Scout Master, Boy Scouts of America Troop 652
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1999 (Regulatory Law Concentration; Specialization in Health Care Law)
  • State College of New York, B.A., cum laude, 1996