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    Julia E. Judish

    Julia E. Judish
    Special Counsel

    T: +1.202.663.9266 F: +1.202.663.8007
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    Julia Judish is Special Counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in their Washington, DC office. Ms. Judish’s practice focuses on employment law and nonprofit governance. Her employment practice covers all facets of the employment relationship, and she serves as a trusted advisor to clients. Ms. Judish provides critical and strategic counseling to ensure compliance, to address sensitive employment issues, and to resolve and defuse employment-related disputes, with the goal of avoiding litigation where possible, and, where matters proceed to court, placing the employer in the strongest litigation posture. Her advice is informed by her experience litigating in state and federal courts, representing clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and investigating and defending claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and local human rights agencies.

    Ms. Judish represents private-sector employers, nonprofit organizations – including trade associations, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, and credentialing and certification organizations – and government contractors. She regularly advises on affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and has guided numerous clients through audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Ms. Judish’s nonprofit practice includes advice on governance, ADA accessibility issues, and due process requirements for members and certificants, as well as employment issues.

    Ms. Judish publishes extensively on employment and nonprofit legal issues and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She is a co-author, with Jerald Jacobs, of the Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (3d ed.).

    In addition to her regular practice, Ms. Judish also advises on legal ethics issues and serves as outside counsel on a pro bono basis to several legal services organizations.

    Honors & Awards
    • LEAP for Justice Award, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (2016)
    • District of Columbia Courts Capital Pro Bono High Honors Roll (2014, 2015, 2016)
    • Legal Clinic Volunteer of the Year, Bread for the City - DC (2012)
    • Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence, Legal Aid Society—DC (2009)


    Ms. Judish is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.


    "Mitigating Risk in Your HR Department: Strategies to avoid lawsuits and keep you out of the news," Presentation to the FAR-Roundtable, 22-February-2017

    “FLSA Overtime Update for Nonprofits,” webinar for, 26-July-2016

    “Employees or Independent Contractors: What Happens if State Agencies Disagree with How You Classify Your Teaching Staff?” webinar for Yoga Alliance, 29-June-2016

    Panelist, “ASAE Discussion on Overtime Rule,” ASAE, 23-June-2016

    "Plenary Session: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Proposed Overtime Rule," the National Association of Development Organizations’ 2016 Washington Policy Conference, 5-April-2016

    "Labor and Employment Issues Up and Down the Supply Chain," the Supply Chain Symposium, 16-March-2016

    Panelist, ASAE’s Town Hall Meeting, “DOL’S Overtime Rule,” 2-March-2016

    “The Dramatic Effect the Proposed Changes to The Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations Will Have on Associations – And Steps You Should be Taking Now to Prepare,” webinar for, 8-December-2015

    “Employment Law Update–Recent Legal Changes That Affect Your Business Model,” Pillsbury’s Government Contracts Executive Roundtable, 10-November-2015

    "Accessibility Concerns: How ADA Has Evolved and How It Affects You,” webinar for Institute for Credentialing Excellence, 10-June-2015

    "Best Practices in Pro Bono: Thorny Ethical Issues in Pro Bono,” Washington Council of Lawyers Program, 12-May-2015

    “Top Six Wage & Hour Mistakes,” webinar for American Council of Engineering Companies, 13-March-2014

    “Focus on Health Care Reform Compliance: Independent Contractors, Interns, Volunteers, Temporary Staff Employees and Leased Employees,” webinar, 07-July-2013

    "Human Resources and Employment Law," webinar for ASAE 2012 Association Law Online Conference, 19-June-2012

    "Compliance in Executive Recruiting," 17-Apr-2012

    "Illegal Harassment in the Workplace - Protect Your Employees, Protect Your Firm," webinar for American Council of Engineering Companies, 20-Dec- 2011

    "Best Practices and Limiting Risk in Hiring and Termination Decisions: Lessons from the Legal Front Lines," webinar for American Council of Engineering Companies, 14-June-2011

    “Social Media and the Workplace: From the Employer’s Perspective,” Pillsbury’s four-part Nonprofit Briefing Series at The Kreeger Museum, 14-Apr-2011

    "From Concepts to Practice: Understanding and Building on the Law To Effectively Develop A Diverse Workforce," ASAE Foundation Diversity + Inclusion Conference, 25-Feb-2011

    "Compensation Discrimination," Feminist Legal Philosophy Seminar, Washington and Lee School of Law, 1-Nov-2010

    "Today's Biggest Employment Law Risks for Nonprofits: How to Manage Your #1 Liability Area Like a Pro," Pillsbury, 4-Nov-2009

    "Compliance Boot Camp for Supervisors; Hiring: How to Attract and Select Top Candidates—Legally," Business and Legal Reports Webinar, 7-October-2009

    "Compliance Boot Camp for Supervisors; Problem Employees: Dealing with the Difficult, the Deceitful, and the Duds," Business and Legal Reports Webinar, 18-March-2009

    "Federal Contractors and OFCCP Audits: How to Survive a Review of Your Affirmative Action Practices," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 9-Feb-2009

    "Federal Contractors and Applicant Tracking: Tips and Traps in Collecting, Compiling, and Reporting Applicant Data," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 2-Feb-2009

    "Federal Contractors and Affirmative Action Plans: How to Create and Monitor AAPs to Stay in Compliance," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 26-Jan-2009

    "Employment Law Outlook: The FMLA Amendments and New FMLA Regulations," Pillsbury's Employment & Labor Practice Breakfast Briefing, Washington, DC, 13-Jan-2009

    "Federal Contractors and Affirmative Action: Your Obligations Relating To Training Programs, Outreach Efforts, and More," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 27-Oct-2008

    "Wage & Hour Mistakes: How To Avoid The Five Most Common (and Costly) Errors Employers Make," Business and Legal Reports Webinar, 7-July-2008

    "Employment Tests: How to Reduce the Risks of Tests Used in Hiring and Promotion Decisions," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 25-Mar-2008

    "Internet Applicant: Compliance Tips and Traps," Society for Human Resource Managers Virginia State Annual Conference, 05-Oct-2007

    "The New 2007 EEO-1 Reporting Rules," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 14-Sep-2007

    "Retaliation: One Year After Burlington Northern," Business and Legal Reports Teleconference, 14-Aug-2007

    "Handling Harassment Complaints and Managing the New Retaliation Standards: Tips on Avoiding Employment Lawsuits," Association of Corporate Counsel Webinar, 12-Jun-2007


    “Attys React To High Court’s Auto Service Advisers OT Ruling,” Law360, 20-June-2016

    “Overtime Rule Released: How Organizations Can Prepare,” Associations Now, 23-May-2016

    “Pro Bono Team Supports Victims of Domestic Violence at U.S. Supreme Court,”, 26-Feb-2016

    “ASAE Testifies Again on D.C. Paid-Leave Proposal,” USAE, 22-Feb-2016

    "Rhetoric Might Trump Reality of Fair Pay Law," Daily Journal, 29-Jan-2009

    “The signs, they are a changin’: The Bush administration made some 11th hour changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” Washington Business Journal, 9-Jan-2009

    "Companies brace for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' List of Compliance Evaluations," Workforce Management, September 2008

    “Social Media and the Workplace: From the Employer’s Perspective,” Pillsbury’s four-part Nonprofit Briefing Series at The Kreeger Museum, 14-Apr-2011

    "Managing faith at work," Washington Business Journal, 22-Aug-2008

    "Returning Vets suing to get their jobs back," National Law Journal, 17-Dec-2007

    District of Columbia
    State of Maryland
    J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996
    cum laude
    M.A., Brown University, 1993
    B.A., Swarthmore College, 1989
    with high honors

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