May 19, 2021Press Release

Michael Best Partner Denise Greathouse Receives Women of Influence Award from Milwaukee Business Journal

Michael Best is pleased to announce that Denise Greathouse has received the Women of Influence Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal. Honored in the Inspiration Category, Greathouse is recognized among Milwaukee’s top influential women, “…who, through their words, actions, and attitude, inspire those who work with and around them.”

As a Partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations practice group, Greathouse focuses her practice on employment counseling and litigation, with an emphasis on healthcare, construction, manufacturing, transportation, food, and education industry sectors. Aside from her robust client matters, she also co-leads the firm’s Engagement Action Committee on behalf of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. In this role, Greathouse focuses on taking the DE&I Committee’s goals and turns the ideas into actions to make an impact both internally at Michael Best and externally throughout communities nationally.

Greathouse’s involvement in the diversity and inclusion landscape doesn’t stop there. Greathouse was selected to participate as a member of the 2019 Class of Fellows, a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) geared to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. As an advocate for people of color and women, Greathouse regularly surrounds herself with community-minded changemakers and inclusive up-and-coming leaders to work together on creating equal opportunities for advancement.

Seen as a go-to mentor, Greathouse regularly reaches out to Michael Best associates of all levels to share knowledge she has acquired throughout her career. She regularly volunteers and has served on numerous boards and organizations, including Emerging Women Leaders and PEARLS for Teen Girls. Greathouse also dedicates her spare time to various local organizations and her church. She also previously served as an adjunct professor for Employment Law at her alma matter, Marquette University Law School.

Greathouse has also been recognized this year by both The Best Lawyers in America and The Midwest’s Best Lawyers for her work in the firm’s labor and employment relations practice and was also honored as the “Woman of the Year” from the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2019.

Greathouse earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School.


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