In this paper, a brake damper is modeled with the finite element method to predict its response in a free-free impact modal test. A multi-layer representation of a brake shim is described which captures the dynamic characteristics of a damper, bonded to a brake shoe and lining. Calculations of damping values and natural frequencies are compared to impact modal test results over a wide temperature range. It was found that the finite element model accurately predicts the results from the experiment. A discussion is also given on how the model may be used to develop a material database and automation of the modeling process to analyze any layered brake damper.