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Clients turn to Julie Levinson Werner for strategic advice that addresses the potentially wide-ranging impact of employment matters. She serves a dual role as both employment law counselor and litigator, considering the employment actions of a business from every possible angle.
Julie handles employment counseling and litigation for clients—from startups to public companies—in a wide variety of sectors, including technology and life sciences entities. Her counseling practice spans a variety of human resources issues facing employers, such as hiring and recruiting, worker classification, employee terminations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, and compliance with state and federal EEO requirements. Julie regularly conducts, directs, and advises on workplace investigations involving whistleblower allegations, discrimination, and harassment. She also advises employers on employee mobility issues, including trade secret matters and restrictive covenants. Julie often provides training on discrimination/harassment and managing employees within the law, and she assists with the employment-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions.
When counseling matters result in litigation, Julie is a zealous advocate for her clients. She represents employers in litigation matters in federal and state courts on a wide variety of claims, including harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, trade secret theft, and unfair competition. In addition to handling court trials and arbitrations, she also has extensive mediation experience, as well as experience with administrative proceedings before the EEOC and state agencies. Julie successfully argued Silvestri v. Optus Software, Inc., 175 N.J. 113 (2003), before the New Jersey Supreme Court, in which the court ruled in the employer's favor and held that in satisfaction contracts, it is the employer's subjective business judgment that determines whether the employer is satisfied with the employee's performance.
A frequent contributor to trade publications and client newsletters, Julie has written numerous articles emphasizing litigation-avoidance strategies for employers.