Brown & James Principal Denise Baker-Seal was elected Secretary/ Treasurer and to a position on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC). Principal Jessica Holliday was named the 2020 recipient of the IDC Rising Star Award and was appointed to serve as a member of the IDC Board of Directors. The award and appointments were announced at the organization’s annual meeting, held June 19, 2020.
Baker-Seal will progress through the positions in the Executive Committee to become president in June 2025. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Defense Counsel since 2015 and has served as the managing editor of the IDC Survey of Law, chair of the IDC Employment Law, and previously been named the IDC Volunteer of the Year.
Baker-Seal is a shareholder in the firm’s Belleville, Ill., office, and her practice focuses on the defense of employment matters and catastrophic personal injury cases. She serves as co-chair of the firm’s Employment Law Group.
Holliday also practices in the firm’s Belleville, Ill., office. She focuses her practice on premises liability, transportation, and employment matters.
“Ms. Holliday distinguished herself by truly helping IDC grow. She has been the Chair of the Employment Law Committee for three years, and the Employment Law Committee has been one of IDC’s most active committees. Under her leadership, the Committee put on two webinars, one on the employment ramifications of marijuana legalization and another on Title IX,” commented IDC President William K. McVisk.
“My involvement with the IDC has been rewarding for both my professional and personal life. From opportunities for writing, presenting, and seminar attendance, to establishing great friendships with defense attorneys across the state, my participation in the IDC has been nothing short of gratifying. While I am very much appreciative of the IDC for the Rising Star Award, I am more appreciative of the opportunities, skills, and friendships that I have gained through my involvement with the IDC,” said Holliday.
The IDC was organized in 1964 and has nearly 700 members. The mission of the IDC is to ensure civil justice with integrity, civility and professional competence.