Denise Baker-Seal

Principal
Richland Plaza 1
525 West Main Street
Suite 200
Belleville, IL 62220-1547
618-355-5105
618-235-5591

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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.

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)

More About Denise

Education

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

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

Recent Achievements

  • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2019)
  • 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
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Publications

Speaking

  • "Access Denied! ADA Accessibility Claims," ALFA International Labor & Employment Pittsburgh Regional Seminar, September 2019
  • "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
  • "Defending the Plaintiff's Blackboard of Special Damages," Brown & James Law Symposium, January 2016