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Clark Hill Attorney Denise Ilitch Receives the Michigan Women’s Foundation 2011 Women of Achievement & Courage Award

March 24, 2011



– Clark Hill attorney Denise Ilitch will be one of five Michigan women honored with the Michigan Women’s Foundation 2011 Women of Achievement & Courage award.

The first of two ceremonies will include a dinner, to be held March 29 in Detroit, MI, followed by a luncheon in Grand Rapids, MI on April 12.

The award gives recognition to women of diverse backgrounds who have been active role models by making positive differences in individuals, and who’ve helped inspire women to create change in their professions, homes, and within their communities. Specifically, Denise’s work as Vice Chair of the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents has played an integral part of her recognition, in addition to a host of other community contributions. Denise joins her mother, Marian Ilitch, who is also among this years’ award recipients. The mother and daughter honorees are making MWF history, by being awarded the same year.

The Women of Achievement and Courage Award was established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire other women to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges that make positive differences for individuals, communities and the state. To register for the Women of Achievement and Courage Dinner and Luncheon, please visit


Denise has been an integral part of Detroit’s business and philanthropic communities for 30 years as a dedicated business leader, a devoted community servant, a supporter of many charitable causes, and a tireless advocate for women and children.

Denise is “Of Counsel” at Clark Hill PLC, where she advises clients in the areas of business practice, corporate law, and government policy. Prior to joining Clark Hill, she was the president of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., a privately held business that manages such entities as Little Caesar Enterprises, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, and Olympia Entertainment. As owner of Denise Ilitch Designs and the owner and publisher of


Magazine, Denise promotes entrepreneurship and the successes of Michigan citizens. She was part of the team that joined prominent business leaders and government entities to create a vibrant entertainment and sports district, including a $600 million side-by-side stadium project, Comerica Park and Ford Field, for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions near the Fox Theatre.

Denise has served on the Boards of several civic, business, professional, charitable and civil rights organizations. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Branch NAACP. Among her numerous awards and commendations are the B’nai B’rith International Great American Traditions Award and the Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross.

Clark Hill PLC is a full service law firm that provides business legal services, government & public affairs, and personal legal services to our clients throughout the country. With offices in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Washington, DC, Clark Hill has more than 200 attorneys and professionals. For more information on our firm and our services, visit

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