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.

Amanda Burns

Amanda joined the firm in April of 2021 and has worked extensively on sexual harassment litigation, as well as compliance matters for the State of Illinois. Prior to joining the firm, Amanda spent a year and a half clerking for the Honorable Eve Reilly in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County where she worked extensively on employment matters, including cases regarding the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, contracts, non-compete provisions and emergency labor disputes.

Amanda graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2019. During law school, Amanda was Lead Articles Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and served as an academic tutor. Amanda also holds a master’s degree in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She attended Xavier University where she graduated with honors.

During law school Amanda held a variety of legal clerk positions, including at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, the Chicago Public School Board, and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York.

Amanda is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.