Overview

Julie is sought after as an advisor and litigator by clients large and small who want effective, real-world counsel and solutions to the personnel issues employers face on a daily basis.

A one-stop shop for a broad range of human resources and employment law needs, Julie is an excellent resource who can demystify a complex web of issues. She is able to focus on a client’s big picture and understands that employment law problems are only a small part of it. That’s why Julie gears her advice toward furthering business operations and management goals in the most efficient way possible, and provides clear direction and counsel in language that makes sense to non-lawyers.

Julie is an experienced litigator and counselor representing management in employment-related matters in state and federal court and administrative agencies. Her work includes discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, tort claims such as defamation, public policy and common law claims, employment contract and severance claims, reductions in force, claims involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets; and wage and hour claims. When it comes to looking down the road for her clients, Julie is astute. She can anticipate potential issues or risks that may arise based on decisions made today.

  • Experience

    • Julie obtained dismissal of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims by a manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies against her client, a large specialty ingredient corporation, by successfully demonstrating lack of personal jurisdiction over her client and inapplicability of the contract at issue to the allegedly misappropriated information.

    • Julie is a strong litigator on behalf of her clients, obtaining final decisions that fully and favorably dispose of her clients’ cases. Most recently, Julie defended her client, a global electronics products company, against claims filed by a former females sales executive who filed multiple internal complaints, agency charges, and an arbitration demand alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. Julie secured a final award in favor of her client on all claims after a six-day arbitration hearing.
    • Julie has obtained summary judgment on behalf of many clients, including for her client, a national in-store marketing company sued in federal district court by a former employee for race and sex discrimination, harassment and other claims under Title VII and Section 1981.
    • She secured a summary judgment on an age discrimination claim that was filed in federal district court by a former employee against a large national distribution company, which was upheld on appeal by the former employee to the Third Circuit.
    • Julie has successfully tried cases resulting in judgment in favor of her clients, including defending a national grocery chain at trial against claims of retaliation and wrongful termination filed in Illinois state court by a former employee.
    • She obtained dismissal on the pleadings of claims filed in Illinois state court by a former employee of an educational management company alleging breach of contract, discrimination, and numerous tort claims.
    • She has handled hundreds of administrative charges before the EEOC and state agencies, securing dismissals at an early stage without further agency action.
    • Julie regularly negotiates favorable, often nuisance value settlements on behalf of many clients, always keeping the big picture and client goals in mind.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1993
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

        Professional Memberships

        American Bar Association

        Past Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Committee, Labor & Employment Subcommittee

        Twice-appointed past Chair of the ABA

        Young Lawyers Division Labor and Employment Law Committee

         

        Illinois State Bar Association

         

        Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 

        Past Board Member

         

        State Bar of California

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        Other Publications

        Julie also is a widely published author with dozens of published works on timely and topical issues. Recent publications include:

        • “Breastfeeding is Protected by Title VII, Fifth Circuit Rules” (Jun. 3, 2013)
        • “Seventh Circuit Addresses Obligations Regarding the Interactive Process under the ADA” (May 10, 2013)
        • “Seventh Circuit Creates New Disability Accommodation Obligations for Employers” (Sep. 14, 2012)
        • “Seventh Circuit Holds Cat’s Paw Theory Can Create Personal Liability for Non-Decisionmakers under 42 U.S.C. § 1981” (May 31, 2012)
        • “Illinois Federal Court Sides With Circuits Allowing Non-Disabled Individuals to Bring ADA Claims” (Mar. 13, 2012)
        • “Illinois Supreme Court Decides Requirements for Enforceable Noncompete Agreements in Illinois” (Dec. 5, 2011)

         

        Other publications include:

        • “Civil Rights Agencies: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and Cook County Commission on Human Rights,” Chicago Lawyers Court Handbook, Chicago Bar Association (1997, 2000, 2009)
        • “The New Landscape of Discovery in Employment Litigation,” American Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee Annual Meeting (Feb. 2005)

        Julie also is the editor of the Labor & Employment Group’s recurring Client Alerts. She formerly served as Editor of the monthly national and state specific employment law newsletters for Council on Education in Management.

        Speeches & Presentations

        Julie is a frequent speaker and presenter in a variety of forums. She brings a common sense, practical approach to public speaking in settings both large and small. She has been a featured presenter in such forms as the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Retail Federation, the Business Women’s Professional Group, Council on Education in Management, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations, as well as a recurring presenter at Schiff Hardin client briefings and seminars. In addition, clients frequently ask Julie to train and present topics on site on topics of interest to their workforce.  

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