Our Attorneys

The depth of experience and wide-ranging perspectives our attorneys bring to the practice is what makes Noelle Brennan & Associates a formidable and trusted partner for our clients.

Our attorneys are:

Noelle Brennan

Called a “bulldog fighter for civil rights and fairness in the workplace” by The Chicago Tribune, Noelle Brennan is a veteran employment attorney and litigator with a long track record of success.

A 1995 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Noelle spent seven years as a trial and supervisory attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she litigated major class actions including EEOC v. Dial Corporation and EEOC v. Misubishi, the latter being the largest sexual harassment settlement ever reached by the EEOC. Noelle also served as co-counsel in a race discrimination case against Nike Retail Services, Inc. that eventually settled for $7.6 million dollars and in a disability and age discrimination case that resulted in one of the highest jury verdicts in an individual disability discrimination case in Illinois history.

In 2005, Noelle Brennan was selected by a federal judge to monitor the city of Chicago’s compliance with the Shakman Decree.  In that role she works with the city to identify, address and prevent employment discrimination on the bases of political affiliation. In November of 2014, Noelle was appointed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier as a Special Master to review the State of Illinois’ Department of Transportation’s compliance with the Shakman Decree. In November 2016, those duties were expanded to include all agencies under the Jurisdiction of the Governor of Illinois for the purpose of developing a finite list of Rutan-exempt positions. Rutan-exempt positions are those for which an employer may take into account political considerations when deciding whom to hire, promote, or transfer to fill positions.

Noelle was recognized in Crain’s Chicago Business’ annual top “40 under 40” in 2005.  This honor is bestowed each year upon 40 individuals who are “rising stars” in Chicago and under 40 years old. Noelle has been named by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as Top Rated Employment and Labor Attorney in Chicago, IL each year from 2013-2018. She also currently holds the distinction of featured speaker for Pincus Professional Education.

Kristin H. Carter

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Kristin began working at Noelle Brennan & Associates in 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Kristin spent a year and a half at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as a Legal Fellow and Volunteer Attorney. Following her time at the EEOC, Kristin served as in-house counsel at an international product development, advertising, and distribution company.

During law school, Kristin received Dean’s Merit, diversity, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund scholarships. She participated in the NAACP’s Annual Airlie Civil Rights Training Institute, was a staff member for the Journal of Law and Social Change, Chair of the Counsel of Student Representatives Diversity Committee, and a member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. At Penn Law, she also mentored other students through the Black Law Students Association and the Public Interest Mentoring Initiative. She received Distinguished Recognition for Pro Bono Service at graduation.

Kristin is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.