The Firm

Denise M. Clark, Esq. – Founder

Denise M. Clark is the founding partner of Clark Law Group, PLLC in Washington, DC, where she practices employee benefits and employment law. For more than 25 years Ms. Clark has represented employees, independent contractors, and other individuals seeking justice in the workplace and protection of their compensation and benefits. While Ms. Clark has handled numerous employment matters in the areas of wage and hour, FMLA, and wrongful termination, her primary focus is disability discrimination, disability and retirement benefit claims under ERISA plans, and enforcement of executive compensation arrangements and severance agreements.

Ms. Clark is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel, and a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Clark served as a member of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, and is active in the Section’s Employee Benefits Committee, where she served as co-chair from 2016-2019. As a committee member, she has been a contributing author to BNA’s Employee Benefits Law treatise since 1992. Ms. Clark has been a speaker at the annual ERISA Basics and ERISA Litigation programs sponsored by the ABA. She has also been a contributing author to The Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act treatises published by BNA.

Ms. Clark served as a member of the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, representing employees from 2010-2012.

Ms. Clark earned her LL.M. 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, Maryland, New York, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as numerous federal district courts and circuit courts.

Jeremy Greenberg – Associate

Mr. Greenberg’s practice spans the full range of employment issues, with a focus on claims under the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act, as well as corresponding state and local laws involving protected leave periods and disability rights. He has worked to resolve disputes for clients in court, administrative proceedings, and in arbitration for public and private sector employees.

Mr. Greenberg is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and is active in the Section’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, and is a contributing author to the Bloomberg BNA treatise The Family Medical Leave Act. Mr. Greenberg has publicly spoken on areas of employment law.

Mr. Greenberg earned his J.D. at George Mason University School of Law in 2013, graduating cum laude, where he was an assistant editor for the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal and a contributing editor for the Journal of Legal Metrics. He has been interested in helping employees with disabilities since law school where he authored a Not a “Second Class” Agency: Applying Chevron Step Zero to EEOC Interpretations of the ADA and ADAAA, 24 GEO. MASON U. C.R. L.J. 297 (2014). He graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and classical civilizations. He is admitted to practice in Virginia; the District of Columbia; the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, District of Maryland, and District of Columbia; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Fourth Circuit.

J. Barrett Kelly – Associate

Barrett Kelly represents employees in a broad range of employment-related matters, including wage and hour disputes, workplace discrimination actions under Title VII and the ADA, executive compensation agreements, severance agreements, wrongful discharge, and workplace retaliation.

Prior to joining Clark Law Group, Mr. Kelly worked for an employment law firm in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he represented employees and small businesses in employment-related matters, with a focus on wage and hour cases. Mr. Kelly also previously worked for an employment law firm in the District of Columbia focusing on employment discrimination cases.

Mr. Kelly earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. During law school, Mr. Kelly interned with the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Honorable Laura A. Cordero of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Mr. Kelly worked in the financial services industry and earned an MBA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Kelly earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.

Mr. Kelly is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court.

Alejandra LLontop Maldonado – Paralegal

Alejandra LLontop Maldonado is a 2017 graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County on where she majored in Political Science. She started working in the legal field assisting with immigration issues as a paralegal with a firm in Montgomery County, Maryland, before joining the firm.

Her responsibilities include supporting the firm’s employee benefits practice, including assisting clients with their preparation of claims and appeals; following up with physician and medical record inquiries and assisting clients with the initial filing of their social security claims.  She supports the ERISA litigation that is an outgrowth of denied appeals.  Alejandra also supports the firm’s employment law practice involving claims in the various administrative agency processes.

Ambar Mendez – Legal Assistant

Ambar Mendez is a 2017 graduate of Trinity University, where she majored in history. Before starting her position with the firm, Ms. Mendez worked in the financial services industry.

Ambar is responsible for the firm’s client intake process, as well as vendor relations and client billings. She also assists with client case set-up, correspondence regarding client retainers, invoice payments and accounts receivable.

Tori Ratchford – Paralegal

Tori Ratchford is a 2018 graduate of The Paralegal Institute of Washington, DC. Before joining the firm, Tori interned with Melehy and Associates, LLC an employment litigation law firm in Maryland.

Tori supports the firm’s employment litigation, including complaint drafting, assisting with discovery and trial support.

Contact Us

Clark Law Group, PLLC
Washington, DC
1100 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 920
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 293-0015
Fax: (202) 293-0115
Toll Free: 855-202-0011

Clark Law Group, PLLC
Chicago, IL
150 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 1925
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 574-3420
Toll Free: 855-769-7500

Clark Weekly

Topic of the Week

Worker Classification: Independent Contractor or Employee

Knowing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is important for both workers and employers. Any worker should understand how they are classified, and what it means. As an independent contractor, you may have more freedom to choose ho


Blog of the Week

How Does the Passage of AB 5 in California Affect Me and Others in the Gig Economy?

Today Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5. The untitled new law will have a significant impact on the gig economy in California. It will be increasingly difficult to lawfully classify California workers as independent contractors. With the exception of several significant carveouts, which I discuss below, the definition of “to employ” announced by the California Supreme Court last year in Dynamex v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 will define the relationship between the hired and the hirer moving forward. The core of the new law takes effect January 1, 2020.

Thought for the Week

"Workers lose basic protections like the minimum wage, paid sick days and health insurance benefits. Employers shirk responsibility to safety net programs like workers' compensation and unemployment insurance. Taxpayers are left to foot the bill," Reversing the trend of misclassification is a necessary and important step to improve the lives of working people."

–Gavin Newsom; California Gov.

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top Searches on Leaves this week: 

  • Sick Leave
  • Disability Leave
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Military Leave





Top Five News Headlines

  1. Even In A Competitive Labor Market, Little Vacation For Workers
  2. Low-wage workers gather to build power across sectors in the South
  3. Home care workers have a lousy job. A new bill in Congress aims to change that.
  4. BMW Loses Its Only Female Board Member as Head of HR Steps Down
  5. Marquez Brothers to Pay $2 Million to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit