Biography

Brenna McLean focuses on representing employers in employment disputes and providing preventive advice and counseling. She has experience defending employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies against claims arising under a variety of employment laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Brenna also partners with management and human resources personnel to develop practical and effective strategies for resolving workplace issues and minimizing risk. She provides guidance on a full range of federal and state employment law matters, including general discrimination and wage and hour issues.

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Brenna was a litigation associate at a national labor and employment law firm, and was seconded with a major airline.

During law school, Brenna worked as a legal extern for the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was also an Articles Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review and participated in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center for Wrongful Convictions of Youth, where she assisted in the post-conviction representation of juvenile offenders. Additionally, Brenna was a member of the Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy Trial Team and placed second in the ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy National Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Education
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2017)
    • Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
    • Executive Board Member, Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 2011)
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Memberships
  • First United Church of Oak Park High School Youth Group Advisor
  • Habitat for Humanity Chicago Women’s Build Participant