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

A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Leah joined Noelle Brennan & Associates as an Associate in 2014. Her litigation practice focuses primarily on employment discrimination law. She also works with a variety of clients in contract negotiations and/or review, workplace investigations, wage and hour matters, compliance, corporate training programming, and other employment-related matters. Prior to joining the firm, Leah’s work focused on public interest law and appellate practice.

In addition to her work at NB&A, Leah serves as a volunteer attorney with the Chicago Bar Association's "Settlement Assistance Program," providing pro bono legal representation to individuals bringing claims pro se and the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago's "Lawyers in the Classroom Program," bringing legal skills and exercises to CPS students grades 2-8. Leah is an Associate's Board Member for Illinois Action for Children and volunteers with Phi Alpha Delta as a board member of the Chicago Alumni Chapter and the District Justice for District XIII (Indiana/Middle Illinois).

During law school, Leah served as the vice president of the National Honors Moot Court Society, Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, Staff Writer for the Journal for Social Justice, and was recognized with the Senior Service Award for her commitment to mentoring and public service. Leah graduated with honors and is admitted to the Order of the Barristers. Leah is a member of the National Employment Lawyer’s Association, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and National Lawyer’s Guild.

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.