We are proud to announce that associate Brionna Denby is among this year’s “DBT40,” the Delaware Business Times’ list of 40 leaders and innovators in Delaware under the age of 40. Honorees were selected based on their professional achievements and contributions to their community. The publication will celebrate the winners at a ceremony on October 21, 2020.
Brionna is honored by the Delaware Business Times for her work as an attorney as she “strives to amplify the voices of people who have long been silenced.” Among the many volunteering efforts the publication highlights are her contributions around the clock helping 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.”
Earlier this year, Brionna was appointed to the Wilmington Civil Rights Commission, a seven-member appointed body charged with supporting diversity, equality, equity, and the understanding of civil and human rights. She was also selected for the Delaware Supreme Court’s Preliminary Investigatory Committee, which investigates complaints against judicial officers and makes written findings and recommendations to the Court on the Judiciary.
In her practice, Brionna counsels corporations, educational institutions, non-profit groups, and other entities that are faced with allegations of wrongdoing. As an ATIXA-certified Level One Civil Rights Investigator, she regularly counsels and provides training to university boards of trustees on Title IX issues, and advises scientists accused of plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification of data in the context of scientific research supported by federal funds at universities and other research institutions. Before joining Cohen Seglias, Brionna served as a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Department of Justice in the Civil Division, Defensive Litigation Unit, and in the Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust.