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BARRIE M. DENMARK

About

Attorney Barrie M. Denmark brings to the practice of law over 30 years of management experience in the fields of arts and not for profit corporations, health care, and credit, estate, and insurance products. Areas of expertise include: corporate development, credit products, wills and trusts, criminal defense and elder law. At the Law Firm of Fenters Ward her practice focuses on credit debt defense, wills and trusts, and family law issues.

 

Barrie earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism at the Ohio State University forty years prior to earning her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law in 2014. At Duquesne she was president of both the Black Law Students Association and the Public Interest Law Association. She earned two CALI awards of excellence. Prior to joining Fenters Ward Barrie worked as a public defender in the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel and with the international law firms of Marco Q Rossi & Assocaiti (Milan) and Mayer-Brown (Dusseldorf). She is a 2017 graduate of the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy.

Education

Leadership, Membership & Honors

Significant Professional Experience

Certified Legal Intern, Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel.

 

Pittsburgh, PA, June 2013—May 2014.
Under the guidance of staff attorneys and certified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, worked as a practicing defense attorney in the county’s criminal defense conflict program. Intensive criminal defense internship included:

Law Clerk, Marco Q. Rossi & Associati

 

Pittsburgh, PA, September 2012—September 2013
Marco Q. Rossi & Associati is an international law firm with headquarters in New York, and offices throughout the U.S. and in Milan and Genoa. The Pittsburgh office focuses its activity largely on cross border strategic transactions and border operations for clients operating in the U.S. and internationally.

 

Assisted with day to day office responsibilities, due diligence reports, compliance training, and client interaction.

 

Conducted research regarding corporate clients, their industries and contractual counterparties.

 

Participated in client strategy development.

 

Legal Intern, Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender


Pittsburgh, PA, January 2013—May 2013
Assisted staff attorneys in the Appellate Division

 

• Legal research
• Brief writing

 

Criminal Defense representation in Pittsburgh City Court conducting preliminary hearings.

 

Legal Intern, Mayer Brown LLP


Dusseldorf, Germany, June—July 2012
Mayer Brown is a global law firm employing over 1600 lawyers and operating in cities worldwide. The firm delivers innovative and practical solutions to transactional dispute resolution and regulatory challenges. In Germany, some 80 lawyers in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt advise German and non-German clients on all aspects of business law as well as litigation and dispute resolution.

 

Assisted with the writing and editing of:

 

Mayer Brown is a global law firm employing over 1600 lawyers and operating in cities worldwide. The firm delivers innovative and practical solutions to transactional dispute resolution and regulatory challenges. In Germany, some 80 lawyers in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt advise German and non-German clients on all aspects of business law as well as litigation and dispute resolution.

 

Assisted with the writing and editing of:

Conducted research regarding corporate clients, their industries and contractual counterparties.

 

Participated in client strategy development.

 

Group Sales and Diversity Programming Manager, Victoria Theatre Association

 

Dayton, Ohio, June 2007—October 2010
Collaborated within the marketing department of a major not-for-profit arts and management organization to increase audience size by over 450% through the development and engagement of newly defined audience groups.

 

Directed the corporate outreach programming aimed at audience diversification, working collaboratively with in-house Client Development, Events Services, the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association to successfully serve a culturally diverse community.

 

Worked with corporate leaders to engage major area employers in the fields of healthcare, law and education to create and administer the country’s first proprietary employee theatre access program.

 

Created and oversaw community-wide programming by forging and coordinating partnerships with the University of Dayton, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning and The Kettering Foundation to present lectures and programs by world innovators from Elie Wiesel, Geoffrey Canada and Spike Lee to Tyler Perry, Edwin Moses and Kareem Abdul Jabar.

 

Created and presented staff training and development programming.

 

District Sales Manager, Discover Card Services


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1985—1987
One of 100 sales pioneers recruited to introduce Sears’ new credit vehicle, The Discover Card, to a skeptical merchant population in advance of the national introduction of the card to the consumer. National sales leader, 1986.

 

Credit Card Marketing Officer, Mellon Bank


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1981—1985
Reporting to the Vice President and Director of the Credit Card Division, managed, planned and supervised the marketing of Mellon Bank’s credit card products, including the writing and creation of direct mail sales materials and advertising.

 

Instrumental in planning and introducing the country’s first student credit card program as well as the first credit card products to access brokerage accounts with The Reserve Fund and Sears/Dean Witter.

 

E.F. McDonald Company. Dayton, Ohio 1977—1980 Created and executed corporate sales incentive activities for Fortune 500 companies including Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Motors, Ford, General Electric. Responsible for directing travel rewards programs in China, Tahiti, and Western Europe for corporate management teams.

 

Jerry Matusoff and Associates. Dayton, Ohio, 2002—2010. Created and sold financial planning and insurance services for high net worth clientele.

Public Affiliations And Programs

Board of Directors, Temple Israel, Dayton, Ohio
Montgomery County Medical Auxiliary Board
KinderConcerts Chairman, Dayton Philharmonic Women’s Association
Auction and Fundraising Chairman, St. Elizabeth Foundation, Auction Chair, $600,000 goal attained.
The Miami Valley School, Auction and Fundraising Committee Chair, exceeded goal by $400,000.
National Conference for Community and Justice, Mentor
Dayton Heart Hospital Development Board
Dayton Council on World Affairs, Presenter
Broadway League, Group Sales Presenters Division
Crown Jewels of Dayton, Breast Cancer Screening and Awareness Program

Outreach:

*Trayvon Martin: Was Justice Served? Conceived, created, implemented a panel discussion with national experts on the legal issues and trial strategies employed in the controversial Zimmerman murder case, February, 2014
Martin Luther King Day Prayer Breakfast: Conceived/generated student participation in community program
Future Lawyers Day: Day long informational program and panel discussion with local minority high school students who are considering law as a career. March, 2014
A Cut Above…Back to school preparedness for at risk youth, 2009—2010
For Good: Scholarship program developed in conjunction with creators of Wicked, 2010.
In Celie’s Footsteps: Educational outreach for at risk high school students with the Broadway producers of The Color Purple and Sinclair Community College, 2008.
In the Attic: Holocaust awareness theatre program for grade school children, 2007.
Raisin’ Cane: A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance starring Jasmine Guy: In conjunction with The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha, 2007.

 

References and work samples upon request.

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