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   3Brenda H. FeisChicago(312) 523-2200bfeis@feisgoldy.combfeis@feisgoldy.comFeisGoldy LLCwww.feisgoldy.comwww.feisgoldy.comfeisbrenda.jpg Employment Law: EmployeeEmployment Litigation
Brenda H.
FeisGoldy LLC
161 N Clark St Ste 1600
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 523-2200 Fx.(312) 523-2001Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Employment Law: Employee    Employment Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Feis' first career was as a defense-side employment litigator and equity partner at the international law firm Seyfarth Shaw, representing Fortune 100 companies in a wide array of employment disputes. When she decided to "switch sides," she launched her plaintiff-side career as a partner at the nationally preeminent civil rights class action boutique Stowell & Friedman.

As a plaintiff-side employment lawyer with a deep understanding of the employer's decision-making process, Ms. Feis has advised numerous senior management-level employees faced with difficult employment situations, helping them develop successful strategies to navigate a solution. Ms. Feis is a tenacious advocate who has obtained substantial outcomes for individual employees in both litigation and pre-litigation settings. She has tried numerous cases to verdict for both sides with 100 percent success. Ms. Feis has been consistently recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Employment Law for both management and employees, and was elected by her peers as a fellow in the distinguished College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Feis also serves as a neutral in investigations, training and counseling matters and teaches employment litigation at Loyola Law School. She is also a frequent lecturer on employment law issues, particularly sexual harassment and retaliation, and she has conducted extensive sexual harassment training throughout the country. Her lectures in this area include presentations at the American Bar Association Equal Employment Opportunity Committee annual meeting, the ABA National Institute on Sexual Harassment, the National Employment Law Institute, the Practising Law Institute, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Chicago Bar Association, Northwestern University Law School Feminist Symposium, Chicago-Kent College of Law Sexual Harassment Forum, and numerous professional society and client symposia.

Ms. Feis was co-chair of the New Trier Ethical Conduct Global Citizenship Committee and has served on the board of directors of Family Action Network (FAN), Midwest Young Artists, and Jewish Vocational Services. She is also an active supporter of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Weitzmann Institute of Science.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Smith v. Nike Retail Services, Inc. (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (first-chair in race discrimination class action case)

EEOC v. Jillian's Entertainment Corp. (U.S.D.C. - S.D. Ind.) (first-chair in nationwide reverse sex discrimination pattern and practice hiring case)

Wiginton v. CB Richard Ellis (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (first-chair in nationwide sexual harassment class action case)

Hooters of America, Inc., et al. v. Spark, et al. (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (first-chair in nationwide class action challenging Hooter?s female-only hiring practices)

Allstate v. Mary Ann Hetred (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill./7th Cir.) (defense verdict in retaliation case; summary judgment granted on remaining sexual harassment, ADA, retaliation and tort claims; affirmed on appeal)

W.R. Grace Co. and Ambrosia Chocolate Co. v. Frank Ripley, et al. (Superior Court, New Jersey) (defense verdict in disability discrimination case; summary judgment granted on breach of implied employment contract, misrepresentation, loss of consortium claims)

Gannett Corp. (WGCI Radio) v. Irene Mojica (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (defense verdict on sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation claims)

Pepsi-Cola Corp. v. Sara Robinson (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ind.) (defense verdict on race discrimination claim)

Price Costco Corp. v. Nancy Byrom (Superior Court, New Jersey) (case settled at nominal level in middle of jury trial)

Sun-Sentinel Co. v. Kim Balletti (U.S.D.C. - S.D. Fla.) (judgment for defendant after bench trial on sexual harassment/retaliation claims)

Allstate Insurance v. Wei Hu (Ill. Hum. Rts. Comm.) (administrative law judge decision in for defendant after bench trial on national origin harassment and discrimination claims)

Center For Rehabilitation of the Disabled v. Janice Smith (Ill. Hum. Rts. Comm.) (administrative law judge decision for defendant after bench trial in sex discrimination case)

First Office Management v. Edie Swedlow (Ill. Hum. Rts. Comm.) (administrative hearing on age/sex discrimination claims; case settled after hearing)

Arlington International Racecourse v. Dana Hoffman-Dombrowski (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill./.7th Cir) (summary judgment granted on plaintiff's sex discrimination promotion and retaliation claims; affirmed on appeal)

Chicago Tribune, et al. v. Octavia Harriston (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.; 7th Cir.) (summary judgment granted in age, race and retaliation case; affirmed on appeal)

The Columbus Dispatch v. Hursey (U.S.D.C. - S. D. Ohio) (summary judgment granted in pregnancy discrimination/breach of contract case)

First Office Management v. Yasher, et al. (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ohio) (summary judgment granted in pregnancy discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of implied employment contract, emotional distress, loss of consortium case)

Baker & Taylor Books v. Harper (U.S.D.C. - C.D. Ill.) (summary judgment granted on claims of sexual harassment, discriminatory discharge)

Digital Equipment Corp. v. Patricia Nailing (U.S.D.C. - E.D. Wis.) (summary judgment granted in race/sex discrimination case)

WGN-TV v. Ron McCoy (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.; 7th Cir.) (summary judgment granted in age discrimination and retaliation case; affirmed on appeal)

Yale Security v. Antonio Gonzalez (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (summary judgment granted in age discrimination case)Computer Associates, et al. v. Holley, et al. (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (multi-plaintiff class-wide claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination and promotions, terminations and compensation, breach of contract and related employment torts)

Maytag Corp. v. Joseph Annis, et al. (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (summary judgment granted in age discrimination case)

Baker & Taylor Books v. Nancy Sheffield-Warman (U.S.D.C. - D. N.J.) (summary judgment granted in Equal Pay Act case)

Morgan Products v. Trishia Kleinfeld (Circuit Court, Saginaw, Michigan) (summary judgment granted in pregnancy discrimination case under state fair employment practice law)

Jackson Park Hospital v. Williams (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (sexual harassment, discriminatory termination; motion to dismiss granted)

Digital Equipment Corp. v. Musikiwamba (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (race/national origin discrimination; case dismissed)

Schering-Plough Corporation v. Struck (U.S.D.C. - N.D. Ill.) (sexual harassment, constructive discharge)

Olivet Nazarene University v. Trylong, et al. (U.S.D.C. - C.D. Ill.) (class action sex discrimination, Equal Pay Act)

Kay & Associates, Inc. v. Elder (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.) (motion to dismiss granted on plaintiff's retaliation claims)

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Circuit Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Year of Birth:  1960

Law School:  Duke University School of Law, J.D, 1985

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal

Undergraduate School:  Duke University, B.A. - English, 1982

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  
Summa cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Leading Lawyer in Employment Law, Law Bulletin Publishing Company
Top 15 Rising Star Litigators in Chicago, Illinois Legal Times, 1996

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