Julie has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor, employment and business disputes in federal and state court, including representation in appellate courts and arbitrations. Julie also practices before various state and federal administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. She has successfully defended employers in lawsuits for claims arising under Title VII, the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, RLA, NLRA, as well as related state claims such as trade secret infringement, restrictive covenants, breach of contract and tort actions.
Julie regularly counsels employers with respect to hiring, firing, disciplining employees, leaves of absence, compliance, accommodations, drug testing, union avoidance and other matters that arise in the workplace. In addition, Julie has significant experience drafting and negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements and related transactional work, reviewing and revising employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and presenting various seminars and training programs relating to discrimination, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, post-employment restrictive covenants, social networking and other pertinent legal topics.
After starting her legal career at Ford Harrison LLP, Julie spent several years as an attorney at Fisher Phillips LLP. Immediately prior to joining HAGRS, Julie worked as in-house counsel for an international insurance company.
Julie serves on the board of directors for The Frazer Center, an inclusive community located in Atlanta, Georgia that serves adults and children of all levels of ability and disability. She is the chair of the Children’s Program committee.