Product Liability

  • National trial counsel for global shoe manufacturer for all product liability claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment against all design defect/negligence claims; affirmed on appeal. See Geshke v Crocs, 740 F.3d 74 (1st Cir. 2014)
  • Defended pharmaceutical company against mass tort claims.
  • Defended railcar manufacturer against claims arising out of prototype fire.
  • Defended crane manufacturer against products liability claims in conjunction with construction accident.

Professional Liability – Construction

  • Defended architects, engineers and surveyors against professional liability claims in variety of complex matters in Colorado, Texas, California and Wyoming. Also assist design professionals with response to disciplinary proceedings.
  • Defended international construction management firm in complex construction defect litigation brought by public housing authority.
  • Defended protective coatings consultant against wrongful death, personal injury claims. Secured summary judgment, affirmed on appeal to Colorado Court of Appeals.
  • Tried to defense verdict contract dispute arising out of construction of retail mall. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented concrete foundation contractor in all areas of construction-related disputes.

Professional Liability – Lawyers/Law Firms

  • Defended all sizes of law firms and individual attorneys against complex legal malpractice claims.
  • Represent individual attorneys in defense of grievance proceedings.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of large law firm accused of conspiring in Ponzi scheme with client.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of law firm in action alleging claims of securities fraud, legal malpractice.
  • Acted as monitoring counsel over complex large law firm legal malpractice matter involving millions in exposure.
  • Defended variety of legal malpractice claims against small to medium-sized law firms.
  • Defended variety of legal grievance matters before Colorado regulatory board.

Professional Liability – Financial/Professional Services

  • Representation of various financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, brokers in commercial litigation.
  • Represented Managing General Agent for large insurance/financial services entity in broker raiding litigation.
  • Defended national lender against claims of conspiracy, mortgage fraud, and lender liability.
  • Defended national lender against breach of contract claim for loan repurchase agreement.
  • Defended broker/dealer against multiple cases alleging securities fraud. Tried to verdict.
  • Defended wholesale insurance broker in complex litigation involving commercial property coverage.
  • Represented Fortune 100 lender in various mortgage-related actions including class actions alleging TILA, RESPA violations.
  • Represented national finance company in variety of commercial credit disputes.
  • Defended individual officer and director liability claims arising out of alleged corporate malfeasance/shareholder litigation.

Employment

  • Represent physician partners in negotiation of departure from medical practice.
  • Defended computer networking firm against discrimination charges.
  • Defended global engineering firm against discrimination charges.
  • Defended broker/dealer against executive breach of contract claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer against breach of employment contract claim.
  • Prosecuted non-compete agreement on behalf of construction-related company against former employee.
  • Prosecuted non-compete agreement on behalf of computer networking firm against former sales employee.

Contracts

  • Tried to verdict breach of commercial lease agreement.
  • Six-week trial to verdict contract dispute between cardiac surgeon and hospital regarding surgery privileges.
  • Tried to verdict commercial landlord’s eviction proceeding, including award of attorneys’ fees for landlord-client.
  • Tried to defense verdict contract dispute between product manufacturer and supplier.
  • Tried to defense verdict contract dispute arising out of commercial pool installation.
  • Defended agricultural products producer against breach of contract claims.
  • Represented computer networking solutions provider in contract negotiations and enforcement.

Publications

  • High Times in the Construction Industry: Precautions for Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry
  • Grit, The Secret to Advancement – Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Aug. 2017.
  • Women Rainmaker Q&A, Defense Research Institute Newsletter of Women in the Law Committee (October 2016)
  • Green Building in Colorado: Know the Risks!, presented at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell (Nov. 2009)
  • Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Expert Witness – What’s Your Battle plan?, Faculty Member, Defense Research Institute Young Lawyer’s Conference (June 2007)
  • Meaning and Practice of Professional Ethics Symposium, Participant, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Apr. 2006)
  • Second Annual Legal Ethics Seminar, Panelist University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Apr. 2004)
  • End of the Representation, 32 Colo. Law. 59 (Oct. 2003)
  • Anti-Stalking Legislation. Can It Protect the Victim Without Violating the Rights of the Accused?, 71 Denv. U. L. Rev. 273 (1994)

Speaking Engagements

  • CNA 2019 Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys – High Times in the Construction Industry: Precautions for Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry
  • DRI Women in the Law Seminar – Rainmaking Workshop February 2016
  • “Twelve Angry … Jurors: Diversity and Jury Selection” IADC Annual Meeting, July 2015
  • “Collaboration or Conflict: What Results When a Claim Triggers Both General and Professional Liability Coverage” CNA Invited Attorneys Conference, May 2015
  • “The Risks of Statutory and Civil Liability on Multi-Employer Jobsites.”, American Society of Safety Engineers 2014 Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Fl, Scheduled June 11, 2014
  • “The Myth of Contractual Immunity – Legal Risks on the Multi-Employer Jobsites”, American Industrial Hygiene Association ABA Forum on Construction Trial Academy, Faculty June 2012
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Rocky Mountain Regional Basic Trial Skills Program, Faculty 2010, 2007, 2006
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Program for Public Service Lawyers, 2007

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Inn of Court
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Civil Justice League
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Denver Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Judge William E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • PLAN (Professional Liability Attorney Network)

Community Involvement

  • Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Leadership Program
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Wyoming
  • State of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of CO
  • Multiple pro hac vice admissions
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Muhlenberg College

Julie has extensive experience as a trial lawyer representing individuals and businesses in federal and state courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations across the country. She has tried multiple jury and bench trials to verdict in Colorado and other jurisdictions. She has handled complex litigation for all types of businesses in a variety of matters involving construction, professional liability, product liability, qui tam, financial services, complex torts, employment and commercial litigation. Julie also has experience assisting licensed professionals in responding to regulatory inquiries or disciplinary matters. Julie is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been a Colorado Super Lawyer for professional liability defense since 2015, and has been selected for Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation every year since 2015.

Julie is active in a number of professional legal organizations where she has held leadership positions including the Defense Research Institute (DRI), William E. Doyle Inn of Court and the Colorado Bar Association. Over the past several years, Julie has been highly active in the DRI Women in the Law Committee where she serves on the Steering Committee. Julie is also involved in the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect Colorado artists with the appropriate legal counsel when they need assistance.