Damon O. Barry


Damon O. Barry is the Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Denver and Boulder offices and is a member of the firm's Expanded Board. As an experienced M&A and government affairs attorney, Damon solves problems for his clients and assists companies with complex business and legal transactions.

He advises and represents both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and sophisticated commercial transactions. Damon’s clients include directors and executives of public companies, owners of closely held companies, executives and directors of government agencies and others in a wide range of industries including software and technology, retail, hospitality, food and beverage, real estate, cannabis, financial services, government and manufacturing. He also advises professional athletes and coaches on sports law matters.

A former in-house counsel, Damon routinely advises corporate legal departments as well as serves as outside general counsel for middle-market companies.


Representative Matters

  • Represented a national self-storage company in the negotiations of a senior debt facility for the acquisitions of a multi-property, multi-state portfolio of self-storage properties
  • Represented a national self-storage company in the formation of a joint venture with an investment manager to acquire the company’s storage property portfolio. Additionally, the self-storage company entered into a separate limited partnership for the purpose to acquire, own, operate, finance, improve, lease and sell self-storage facilities throughout the country
  • Led many private acquisition and disposition transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $250 million, negotiating the definitive agreements, associated documentation, and coordinating deal teams
  • Represents clients (airport concessionaires) in multiple restaurants and bar concepts opening in several international airports in the United States, as well as in negotiation of expansions and new ventures

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Association for Corporate Growth (Denver Chapter)

National Bar Association

Sam Cary Bar Association 

Governor Ritter's Economic Development and International Trade Transition Advisory Committee (former member, gubernatorial appointee)

State of Colorado Statutory Advisory Committee to the Property Tax Administrator (former chair, gubernatorial appointee)

Recognition & Accomplishments

Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Nebraska College of Law

Forty under 40 honoree, Denver Business Journal

2010 Alumni Master, Nebraska Alumni Association

"30 Leaders of the Future," Ebony magazine

Board Memberships & Community Service

Trustee, University of Nebraska Foundation

Alumni Council and Executive Board, University of Nebraska College of Law

Goodwill Industries of Denver



University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D. 2000)

University of Washington (B.A. 1994)
Member of varsity football team that made three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances and won the 1991 National Championship
All PAC-10 Academic Team