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IDC Volunteer of the Year Award

Denise Baker-Seal

Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

Denise Baker-Seal, principal with the Belleville law firm of Brown & James, P.C. has been named the 2017 IDC Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Baker-Seal was recognized for her contributions to the IDC, specifically as they relate to the association’s Employment Law Committee and Survey of Law publication.

“I am greatly humbled to be receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award, particularly because I know there are many other IDC members who have worked incredibly hard to support the organization and its mission over the past year. I appreciate the honor and look forward to continuing to work with my IDC colleagues,” said Ms. Baker-Seal.

IDC President R. Mark Mifflin commented that “Denise has been a versatile resource for the IDC, including her involvement as Chair of the Employment Law Committee and co-managing editor for the Survey of Law. She is always willing to help and has been a great asset for the IDC.”

IDC Executive Director Sandra Wulf remarked “Every year I am privileged to recognize one of our many volunteers who have raised their hand and said, ‘I want to be involved.’ Our 2017 Volunteer of the Year is a member who not only continues to raise her hand, but jumps wholeheartedly into whatever is asked of her. Whether it be her service on the Board; as the Employment Law Committee Chair; or our Survey of Law Managing Editor, Denise Baker-Seal epitomizes a great volunteer. Knowledgeable, personable, and enthusiastic – Denise has it all.”

Denise Baker-Seal focuses her practice on the defense of employment matters and catastrophic injury cases. She frequently represents employers and other businesses, including product manufacturers, truck lines, and property owners. She participates as an arbitrator in the St. Clair County and Madison County 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 to entering private practice, Denise served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Lewis M. Blanton, U.S. Magistrate Judge. A graduate of Millikin University and Northeastern University School of Law, Denise is admitted to the bars of Illinois and Missouri and all federal courts in Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Illinois State Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

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