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.

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.

Leah M. Farmer

Leah joined Noelle Brennan & Associates as an Associate in 2014, where her practice focuses primarily on complex class action and employment discrimination litigation. She represents clients in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and settlement negotiations for claims including Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, and the FLSA. Additionally, Leah regularly counsels clients on employment contracts, severance agreements, business conduct standards, workplace investigations, disciplinary hearings, risk assessment, human resources, compliance, corporate training, and other employment-related matters. Prior to joining the firm, Leah’s work focused on public interest law and appellate litigation.

In 2017, Leah was selected by her peers as an "Emerging Lawyer" and a "Rising Star" in the field of Employee-side Employment Law. The Emerging Lawyers designation comes from the Law Bulletin. It is reserved for attorneys younger than 40 years old (or practicing for less than 10 years) and accounts for less than 2 percent of licensed Illinois attorneys. Thomson Reuters publishes the Rising Star list. Inclusion on the list is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice and is only bestowed on 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois.

Leah graduated from DePaul University College of Law, with honors. During law school, Leah served as the Vice President of the National Honors Moot Court Society, Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, and Staff Writer for the Journal for Social Justice. Additionally, she was one of six graduates recognized with the Senior Service Award for her commitment to mentoring and public service and one of seven graduates honored with an induction into the Order of the Barristers for excellence in written and oral advocacy.

Leah is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is an active member of the National Employment Lawyer’s Association, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, National Lawyer’s Guild, and Phi Alpha Delta. Leah volunteers with the "Lawyers in the Classroom Program" organized by the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago and the Settlement Assistance Program coordinated by the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (CLC). Leah also serves as a volunteer District Justice for Phi Alpha Delta, a board member on the DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board, committee member on the DePaul Law Dean's Advisory Committee, and as an emeritus member for the Illinois Action for Children Associate's Board.

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.