Dena Moghtader got a front row seat to law school at an early age. Her mother went to law school when Dena was a child, which meant young Dena observed and absorbed some of the experience. Dena subsequently decided to follow in that path. From the start, Dena knew her focus would be in the realm of defense. During law school, Dena aided defense counsels to zealously advocate for people accused of capital crimes. She worked on the civil side of defense as well, while she clerked at one of Chicago’s most prominent medical malpractice defense law firms. She also worked on plaintiff civil cases while in school, but it was the defense side of things that really called to her.
In mounting a defense case, Dena knows that she and the plaintiff are working from the same set of facts. Dena is adept at analyzing and developing a line of defense that works best for her clients. In representing her clients, it is Dena’s job to speak up and say what she’s thinking about the opposing counsel’s evaluation of the facts. Her cooperative and efficient style involves coming in from several approaches to develop the best strategy that works for her clients’ unique circumstances.
Dena loves painting, writing and cooking in her free time. Painting and writing allow her to let her imagination run free, unconstrained by the dictates of the legal process and the law. In her cooking, she finds herself able to treat each recipe like a case – each dish a unique challenge that requires creativity to reach the best outcome while adhering to the steps prescribed.
Dena is proud to have a background in public service. She served as a student attorney with the Veterans Legal Clinic during law school and she currently mentors high school students.