Employment Rights and Benefits
The core area of my practice is representing individuals (e.g., employees, executives, and partners) in all areas of employment and employee benefit law, including disability benefit claim denial, incorrect pension calculations, discriminatory benefit plan design, and workplace discrimination based on age, disability, gender, race, national origin, and sexual orientation. Most of my clients are employees or former employees with problems or claims relating to their jobs.
Although my practice is based in our Nation
1250 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Ste. 200
Washington DC 20036
Ms. Clark is the founder of the Law Office of Denise M. Clark, in
Washington, D.C., where she practices employee benefit and employment
law, representing individuals in litigation involving claims to recover
pension, severance, and disability benefits, and related employment
An employee benefit law practitioner for 16 years, immediately prior
to establishing the firm, Ms. Clark held the position of General Counsel
with HEREIU Welfare and Pension Funds. There she managed employee
benefits and employment matters for the organization, implemented the
Funds’ compliance with ERISA and related statutes, represented the Funds
before the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service, and
handled litigation on behalf of the Funds enforcing subrogation liens,
defending and prosecuting fiduciary responsibility claims, enforcing
withdrawal liability assessments and delinquency collection before the
federal courts across the country.
Ms. Clark’s law practice assists individuals with employee benefit
claims and related employment matters.
Ms. Clark co-chairs the Employment Discrimination Subcommittee of the
ABA Employee Benefits Committee Section of Labor and Employment Law and
is a chapter editor of the Committee’s Employee Benefits Law treatise.
She is a Vice-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the TIPS
Section of the ABA, and a member of the Employment Rights Executive
Board of the American Association for Justice. She has been a speaker at
the annual ERISA Basics and ERISA Litigation programs sponsored by the
ABA, as well as the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans
Ms. Clark routinely teaches ERISA and Fiduciary Responsibility at the
National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Ms. Clark was a founding director of the District of Columbia
Employment Justice Center. She was a member of the Steering Committee of
the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Bar of the District of
Ms. Clark earned her LLM in taxation and labor, specializing in
employee benefits law, at Georgetown University Law Center. She earned
her J.D. at North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she
was a senior editor of the North Carolina Central University Law Review,
and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Marquette University. She is
admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, Indiana, and
Illinois, as well as numerous federal district and circuit courts.