Overview

Julie concentrates her practice in complex business disputes, with a focus in class actions, commercial litigation insurance and reinsurance, and financial services. The practical, business-centered approach Julie uses as a trial lawyer evolved from her experiences early in her career as a federal law clerk. Seeing litigation from behind the bench helped her develop a unique ability to quickly hone in on the issues that matter to a fact finder.

She maintains a laser focus on efficiently achieving results that serve her clients’ business needs, whether by positioning a matter for an early negotiated resolution or by preparing a case for a successful resolution at trial.

Some of her recent experience includes successfully navigating a bet-the-company litigation and arbitration arising out of the mortgage and credit crisis, as well as litigating credit and mortgage insurance coverage disputes which involved allegations of misrepresentation, bad faith and other coverage issues.

Julie also has experience representing clients in disputes regarding investor rights, mortgage seller liability, commercial leases, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She has defended clients in class actions relating to allegations of bad faith, unlawful claims handling practices and other statutory violations. Issues have involved use of computerized databases to assess total loss vehicle claims and to calculate usual and customary medical charges.

She has handled reinsurance disputes regarding allocation of latent claims, coverage for punitive damages, allocation of retrospectively-rated premium, and allegations of late notice, bad faith, and poor claims administration. Her matters have addressed contracts covering a variety of underlying risks, including asbestos liability, workers compensation, builders risk, directors’ and officers’ liability, and construction defect.

Julie is dedicated to providing pro bono representation to those in need. She recently prevailed in an asylum hearing, obtaining asylum for a client who had been persecuted based on her ethnicity. Julie has also served as appointed counsel on behalf of prisoners in Section 1983 suits.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
  • University of Michigan  (M.S., 1998)
  • Claremont McKenna College  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

Professional Associations

  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in the Law
  • ARIAS-U.S., Strategic Planning Committee, Member
  • Association of Professional Insurance Women
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyers®
  • Chambers USA, Reinsurance litigation and arbitration
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship

Community

  • Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor, 1995-1997
  • Michigan Journal of Race and Law, Notes Editor, 1996-1997