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Denise Baker-Seal
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Denise  Baker-Seal

525 West Main St.
Suite 200
Belleville, IL 62220
T: (618) 355-5105
F: (618) 235-5591
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Education

Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
Millikin University (B.A., Political Science, Sociology, summa cum laude, 1995)

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Denise Baker-Seal is a shareholder in the Brown & James Belleville, Ill., office. Her practice focuses on employment cases, as well as catastrophic injury cases. She frequently represents employers and other businesses, including product manufacturers, truck lines, and property owners.

A lifelong resident of central Illinois, Ms. Baker-Seal also participates as an arbitrator in the St. Clair County (Ill.) and Madison County (Ill.) mandatory arbitration program. She serves on the firm's employee/personnel committee and is also the co-founder of the Fifth Friday Initiative to increase retention and promotion of women in the firm.

Recent Achievements
Volunteer of the Year, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2017) 
Board of Directors, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Elected June 2016)
Second Vice President, Southern District of Illinois Chapter of Federal Bar Association
Member, ALFA International Labor & Employment Law Steering Committee 
Super Lawyers - Personal Injury: General, Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2017)
Chair, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Employment Law Committee (2014-2017)

Professional Affiliations
ALFA International 
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Federal Bar Association

Bar Admissions
Illinois
Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Publications
"Supreme Court Declines to Answer Certified Question in Case Involving Interplay between Tort Immunity Act and Human Rights Act," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Defense Update, March 2018
2017 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Managing Editor
2016 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Managing Editor
2015 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Contributor
2014 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Contributor
2013 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Contributor
2012 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Contributor
2011 IDC Survey of Law (Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel) - Contributor
For Your Consideration: The Current State of Post-Employment Restrictive Covenants in Illinois and National Trends Beyond Continued Employment as Adequate Consideration, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Quarterly, First Quarter 2015 
EEOC Trends from 2013, IDC Defense Update, May 2014
From Retaliatory Discharge to Retaliation by Association: The Expanding Scope of Viable Retaliation Claims Against Employers, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Quarterly, Second Quarter 2013 
EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions, IDC Defense Update, December 2012
On the Horizon: New EEOC Regulation that Redefines an Available Defense in Disparate Impact Age Claims, IDC Defense Update, April 2012

Prior Legal Experience
Law Clerk, Hon. Lewis M. Blanton, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (1998-2000)

Speaking Engagements
"Case Law Update: 'The Times They Are A-Changin,'" Brown & James General Defense & Insurance Law Symposium (January 2018)

"Who's the Boss? Understanding Employment Relationships in the Contemporary Legal Landscape," Illinois Society of Association Executives (April 2016). The presentation focused on the distinction between employees and independent contractors. Brown & James lawyers presented with a group of attorneys from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.
 
"Defending the Plaintiff's Blackboard of Special Damages," Brown & James Law Symposium (January 2016)

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