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DBT40 Honoree: Brionna Denby

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Position: Associate

Employer: Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Age: 35

Through her work as an attorney, Brionna Denby strives to amplify the voices of people who have long been silenced. Denby is an associate at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, where she advises corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit groups and other entities that face allegations of wrongdoing.

Before Denby joined Cohen Seglias, she served as a deputy attorney general for the Delaware Department of Justice, where she defended state agencies, officials and employees in civil actions in federal and state courts. She also trained DOJ attorneys and staff on workplace issues as a member of the Sexual Harassment Committee, and she chaired the Summer Law Clerk hiring committee.

Working on and off the clock, Denby has helped people navigate difficult situations during the pandemic. She has reviewed people’s resumes; helped someone obtain unemployment benefits after they were denied multiple times; counseled a college student from her alma mater, Spelman College, who hopes to become a lawyer; and virtually lectured a group of students in preparation for the Delaware Bar exam.

Denby also teaches a course on legal argument at the University of Delaware in which she educates students about how to produce legal writing for various audiences and how to write a personal statement for their law school admission.

This year, she accepted a nomination to become the president of the Delaware Barristers Association, and accepted calls to serve on the Pre-Investigation Committee of the Delaware Supreme Court and on the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission.

Always in search of new destinations for adventure and seafood dishes, so far Denby favors Puerto Rico for its lobster and Vancouver, Canada, for its beautiful sights. She also enjoys teaching new tricks to her Schnauzer Poodle named Zahra, spending time with family and friends, getting manicures and pedicures, listening to podcasts and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. 

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