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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 a special counsel in the law firm's Employment practice and is located in the Washington, DC office. Her practice covers all facets of the employment relationship and includes both counseling and litigation. Ms. Judish serves as a legal advisor to clients on a full range of employment issues, to ensure compliance, prevent and resolve disputes, avoid litigation where possible, and establish a strong basis for defense against or initiation of legal claims if litigation becomes necessary. Ms. Judish’s 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 also represents many non-profit organizations on both employment and governance issues.

    Frequent areas of representation include claims of discrimination; sexual, age-based, or racial harassment; retaliation and wrongful discharge claims; disability or religious accommodation issues; and employee compensation disputes. Ms. Judish's experience includes the Fair Labor Standards Act and wage and hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave entitlements, noncompetition agreements, contract disputes, restructurings and reductions in force, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, employment policies, and employee discipline. As a part of her practice, Ms. Judish conducts internal investigations of harassment complaints or employee misconduct and conducts management training for clients. Ms. Judish also advises on affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and has guided numerous clients through audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

    In addition to her employment law practice, Ms. Judish also advises on and litigates legal ethics issues.

    Honors & Awards
    • LEAP for Justice Award, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (2016)
    • District of Columbia Courts Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll (2014)
    • 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.


    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


    “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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