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Ms. Bronte represents and counsels minorities and women in a broad range of employment and civil rights disputes. She has secured landmark victories for clients in trials and appeals in federal and state court concerning employment discrimination, non-compete covenants, and contract disputes. Before joining Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., Ms. Bronte practiced for 20 years as a partner and associate at Jenner & Block LLP, where she represented clients in complex litigation and arbitration involving employment, civil rights, trade secrets, securities, contract, and insurance and reinsurance coverage law.
Ms. Bronte has helped her clients secure significant appellate victories, including a recent milestone decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that certified a nationwide class of African American employees. In addition to her litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels, Ms. Bronte also has negotiated favorable pre-litigation resolutions for employees discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender, disability, or arrest record.
Since 2005, Ms. Bronte has served as pro bono lead counsel in habeas corpus proceedings on behalf of several prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, and she was the principal author of an amicus curiae brief submitted in the Guantanamo litigation on behalf of seven retired federal judges.
Ms. Bronte has spoken and published extensively on civil rights, trial practice, and other legal issues. She was the first recipient of the Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and she received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in 2005. Ms. Bronte has been recognized consistently as a Super Lawyer in Illinois by Super Lawyers Magazine and as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Ms. Bronte also was voted by Leading Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois, and Super Lawyers Magazine named her one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Illinois. Ms. Bronte is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for both ethical standards and legal ability.
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals
Year of Birth: 1957
Law School: Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Graduate School: West Virginia University, M.A.
Undergraduate School: University of Southern Mississippi, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With honors
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Council of Lawyers, Civil Liberties Committee
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. is dedicated to defending employees' civil rights. We have successfully litigated cases that challenge nearly every form of adverse employment action, from failure to hire to discriminatory pay practices, harassment, denial of promotion and termination. Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. has represented thousands of employees and recovered over $750 million in damages for victims of discrimination and other unlawful conduct. Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. achieves results for its clients by drawing upon the vast knowledge, diversity, experience, passion, creativity and collaboration that exists within our firm.