After graduating from IIT-Kent Chicago College of Law, Denise was Legislative Liaison for Chicago Alderman Mary Ann Smith. In 1992, she established a law practice serving a moderate-income clientele in employment, real estate, housing discrimination and administrative appeals, including Social Security Disability appeals.
For the last several years, Denise has concentrated in employment law and condominium association law. She advises employees and employers on their rights and obligations and litigates on behalf of employees whose rights have been violated. This includes discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, national origin and disability; recovering wages and unpaid overtime for employees, and retaliatory termination, including on behalf of Whistleblowers. She also advises condominium associations in a variety of governance matters, negotiates to resolve disputes between Board and unit owners, and litigates where necessary to enforce the rules and regulations of the condominium association and/or the rights of unit owners.
Denise is active in the Illinois Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association. In 2013, she founded the Northside Attorneys Group , a networking group for solo practicioners in Chicago.
Denise has long had an interest in civic engagement including involvement in at least five electoral campaigns for local and federal office over the last twenty years. From 1997 until 2000, she was director of a campaign finance reform project at the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Graduating with a B.A in Urban Planning, Denise was a planner and housing advocate for seven years prior to law school. She continues her involvement in that arena through serving on the Development Partners committee of the Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown.
In her spare time, she takes Italian lessons and Zumba dance classes.
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Timothy Huizenga, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I co-counseled a difficult case with Denise at the Merit Systems Protection Board in 2014. Denise was an excellent colleague. She did a great job of preparing our client for testifying and of assembling all the documentary evidence. Denise has a sharp legal mind and is a pleasant, gracious person. She is also a tough litigator.
Christina Hatzidakis, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Denise has been a colleague of mine for almost five years. During that time, I have personally observed her dedication to her clients and her passion for getting them the results they deserve. Denise has the rare ability to see her clients as dynamic people with diverse needs, and she thoughtfully and resourcefully addresses those needs. She is known among lawyers as the â€œgo toâ€ lawyer for unemployment matters, and her track record confirms that she wins these cases time and time again. Denise is personally committed to civil rights issues, both personally and professionally, and that commitment shows through her work on her employment discrimination and overtime cases. Clients represented by Denise are sure to receive an uncommon mix of determination, compassion, and professionalism.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1990||11/18/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Moot Court Team winner||American Bar Association||1987|
|Of Counsel||Maduff & Maduff, LLC||2006 - 2010|
|Program Director||Community Economic Development Law Project||1992 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Employment Lawyers-Illinois||member, Commitee chair||2009 - 2012|
|IIT-Kent college of Law||Law||J.D.||1989|