James E Arnold & Associates, LPA
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Columbus, Ohio
614-460-1635 (Office)
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Damion M. Clifford


A former United States Army Reserve Specialist who earned his law degree from Capital University Law School, Damion is accustomed to achieving success through hard work and a desire to be the best. He believes the key to winning a case is a lawyer’s ability to think on his or her feet and substantial preparation.

Damion’s practice is focused entirely on litigation with an emphasis on business litigation and state and local taxation matters. Damion has both first and second chair jury trial experience and has argued numerous cases before Ohio Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Personal Injury
  • Labor and Employment
  • Appellate Practice
  • Professional Licensure

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2011
  • U.S. Tax Court, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Curia, Capital University Law School, 2004
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015 and 2016
  • Columbus CEO Magazine Top Lawyer 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating


Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

  • J.D. – 2004

The Ohio State University

  • B.A. Sociology

Memberships, Associations, etc.

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member
  • St. Charles Preparatory High School, Alumni Board

Representative Cases

  • Home Depot v. Levin, 121 Ohio St.3d 482, 2009-Ohio-1431 (million dollar plus claim seeking a bad debt deduction)
  • Northeast Ohio Psychiatric Institute v. Levin, 121 Ohio St.3d 292, 2009-Ohio-583 (real property exemption for a mental health facility)
  • Southside Cmty. Dev. Corp. v. Levin, 119 Ohio St.3d 521, 2008-Ohio-4839 (real property question as to whether a subsequent owner could intervene in a prior owner’s application for exemption)
  • Global Knowledge Training, LLC v. Levin, 127 Ohio St.3d 34, 2010-Ohio-4411 (constitutional challenge to imposition of sales tax on computer training)
  • Zupancic v. Wilkins, Franklin App. No. 08-AP-472, 2009-Ohio-3688 (determination as to what is the proper form of relief for a party seeking to appeal a decision that lacks administrative review)
  • Progressive Plastics v. Levin, Franklin App. No. 08-AP-472, 2009-Ohio-3688 (determination as to what standard is appropriate for valuing inventory)
  • Ridgeway v. State Med. Bd., Franklin App. No. 06-AP-1197-98, 2007-Ohio-5657 (determination as to whether a summary suspension is immediately appealable to the court of common pleas)
  • Coniglio v. State Med. Bd., Franklin App. No. 07-AP-298, 2007-Ohio-5018 (determination as to whether a decision by another state can be challenged by a physician in Ohio)
  • State ex rel. Gelesh v. State Med. Bd., 72 Ohio App.3d 365, 2007-Ohio-3328 (determination as to whether a physician can bypass their administrative remedies by seeking relief with a court of common pleas)

Damion is a tireless litigator who thrives in the courtroom environment.  He has significant first and second chair jury trial experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation disputes in state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association.  Damion is well skilled in handling all phases of litigation including drafting complaints, answers, and counterclaims; preparing and responding to discovery; taking and defending depositions; conducting settlement negotiations; and preparing and attending trial.

Damion has used his passion for litigation to also defend individuals and businesses before the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office predominately relating to sales tax assessments.

Damion routinely advises both small and large business in managing their day-to-day operations.  For example, Damion has handled non-compete agreements, employment contracts, cease and desist letters, workers’ compensation disputes, and unemployment compensation claims for his clients.

Damion also has significant appellate experience in preparing briefs and arguing on numerous occasions before various Ohio Appellate Courts and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Damion also devotes a portion of his practice representing licensees before various state agencies throughout Ohio including the State Medical Board of Ohio, the State Pharmacy Board, the Ohio Nursing Board, and the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Before joining James E. Arnold & Associates, Damion spent almost five years working at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an Associate Assistant Attorney General representing the Ohio Tax Commissioner, the Ohio Department of Taxation, and the State Medical Board of Ohio in litigation.


Local: 614-460-1600

Fax: 614-469-1066

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James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA

115 W. Main St., 4th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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