Denice A. Gierach
Denice A. Gierach is a business lawyer with almost 30 years of experience representing business owners in the formation, franchising, and dissolution of businesses; representing employers in matters of employment and age discrimination in the workplace; and aiding individuals in matters of advanced estate planning, charitable giving, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security.
As a Certified Public Accountant with a Master's degree in Management, Ms. Gierach also practices in the areas of Income Taxation, Federal Estate Taxation, and varied Real Estate Law, including commercial real estate.
Ms. Gierach began her career in accounting working for several CPA firms, including Haskins & Sells and Friedman Eisenstein Fraemer & Schwartz in Chicago.
Ms. Gierach worked for the firm of Barnard & Barnard in Chicago for almost 10 years at the start of her legal career. For almost twenty years, she practiced as Gierach & Associates and recently founded The Gierach Law Firm to provide better service to her clients.
From the beginning of her legal career, Ms. Gierach provided legal services to individuals and small and mid-sized companies in the areas of business, estate planning, taxation, employment law, commercial real estate, succession planning. She continues to focus on these areas in her current practice.
Ms. Gierach is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, and Arizona State Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Arizona and practices before the Illinois circuit courts, Illinois Appellate Court, Federal Tax Court, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Business Ledger, a newspaper dedicated solely to the greater Chicago area, named Denice Gierach as one of twenty "Influential Women in Business" for 2008.
Publications & Presentations
Ms. Gierach is a monthly contributor to the Dollars and Sense column of the Naperville Sun.
Community Service Activities
As an active member of her community, Ms. Gierach is a past member of the Exchange Club and Director for the Heritage YMCA and is a present member of both the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Naperville. Ms. Gierach also acts as a Director for the Naperville Area Humane Society and as a Director for the DuPage Community Foundation.
Areas of Practice:
- Wills & Trusts
- Business & Commercial Law
- Business Organizations
- Estate Planning
- Litigation & Appeals
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Probate & Estate Administration
- Real Estate Law
- Land Use & Zoning
- State, Local & Municipal Law
- Tax Increment Financing
- Taxation Law
- Administrative Law
- Civil Rights - Age Discrimination
- Employment Law - Employee, Employer
Certified Public Accountant, State of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1994
U.S. Tax Court, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1976
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, Illinois, 1975
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Master's in Management
Naperville Sun, Monthly Contributor to "Dollars and Sense"
Honors and Awards:
Named One of Twenty "Influential Women in Business" - the Business Ledger, a Chicago area newspaper, 2008
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Illinois State Bar Association, 1976 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, 1976 - Present
DuPage County Bar Association, 1986 - Present
State Bar of Arizona
Exchange Club of Naperville, 1991 - 1997
Rotary Club of Naperville
Naperville Chamber of Commerce
Pro Bono Activities:
Director, DuPage Community Foundation, 2011 - Present
Director, Naperville Area Humane Society, 2006 - Present
Rotary Club of Naperville, 2003 - Present
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Exchange Club, 1992 - 1997
Director, Heritage YMCA, 2006 - 2010
Phi Alpha Delta