A legal thriller set in the world of New York City high-stakes litigation, Damages follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes the nation's most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator and her bright, ambitious young protégé Ellen Parsons. After Patty handpicks Ellen to be a first-year Associate at the high- profile law firm, "Hewes & Associates", life will never be the same for either one of them. Ellen, newly-engaged to her boyfriend David Connor, is thrilled to join the ranks and be trained under Patty and Patty's trusted Senior Associate, Tom Shayes.
But Ellen soon realizes that the price of success may be much higher than what she's willing to pay. Currently, the focus of "Hewes & Associates'" attention is a class action lawsuit targeting the allegedly corrupt Arthur Frobisher, one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. Patty, on behalf of her clients, is attempting to bankrupt and personally destroy Frobisher. As Patty battles with Frobisher and his attorney Ray Fiske Ellen Parsons will be front and center witnessing just what it takes to win at all costs.