Julia B. Drafahl

Associate || St. Louis

Julia Drafahl is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’s St. Louis office. Ms. Drafahl focuses her practice on defending employers against discrimination claims, harassment claims, retaliation claims, wrongful termination claims, and wage and hour violations in both state and federal courts. Ms. Drafahl also represents and advises employers in pre-litigation matters before administrative agencies, and she counsels employers in compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins in 2014, Ms. Drafahl received her J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School.  Her educational background also includes an M.A. in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A from Macalester College.  While in law school, Ms. Drafahl interned for Magistrate Judge David Noce of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri and with the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Michigan.

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In January 2016, Ms. Drafahl was part of a trial team that achieved an all-defense verdict on gender discrimination and retaliation claims in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.  The prior year, she second-chaired a jury trial in the Southern District of Illinois. She has also handled numerous pre-trial matters in federal and state courts, such as drafting and arguing jury instructions, drafting motions in limine, Daubert motions, and trial briefs. Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Drafahl has drafted successful summary judgment motions for race, religion, and national-origin discrimination claims, as well as retaliation claims, in federal courts in the Eastern District of Missouri and Eastern District of Texas.  She also drafted a post-arbitration brief arguing Railway Labor Act preclusion of an employee’s state-law defamation claims, leading to a complete defense award. Additionally, she has assisted in several large-scale audits of FLSA employee classifications for both Missouri and national employers.


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Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Young Friends of the St. Louis Art Museum


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