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Julie Z. Devine

Of Counsel St. Louis

Julie Devine, a trial lawyer for over 15 years, has extensive experience in all areas of litigation and employment counseling.

Litigation Experience

Julie represents employers in a wide range of single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action lawsuits.  She has successfully defended employers in state and federal court and government investigations involving claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, with extensive experience in:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)
  • Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”)
  • Illinois Human Rights Act
  • Missouri Worker’s Compensation Act
  • Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act
  • Missouri and Illinois common law claims

Employment Counseling

Julie also regularly provides advice and counseling to employers of all sizes about an array of compliance issues including:

  • Hiring practices
  • Credit and background checks
  • Drug and alcohol policies and testing
  • Workplace safety
  • Employee discipline and terminations
  • Accommodating employees with disabilities
  • Religious expression in the workplace
  • Social media and technology
  • Arbitration clauses
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Separation and severance agreements.

Litigation with Complex Medical and Psychiatric Issues

Julie has extensive experience with cases and administrative proceedings involving complex medical and psychiatric issues, including:

  • Disability discrimination and failure to accommodate claims
  • Civil litigation involving allegations of extensive medical and psychiatric damages
  • Appropriate placements for students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Julie has extensive experience representing employers in various industries, including:

  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Automotive/Transportation
  • Shipping
  • Manufacturing
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profits
  • Telecommunications
  • Call Centers
  • Hospitality
  • Elementary and Secondary Education


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Women’s Law Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance
  • Rainbow Village, Executive Board and Co-Chair of Human Resources Committee
  • Harvard Club of St. Louis
  • Bar Association of St. Louis, Pro Bono Committee

Speeches:

  • SHRM of Southeast Missouri Seminar - ''Managing Difficult Leave of Absence and Accommodation Issues'' - Sikeston - October 25, 2017
  • SHRM of Southeast Missouri Seminar - ''Social Media in the Workplace'' - Sikeston - October 25, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Responding to Agency and Multi-Agency Investigations'' - St. Louis - September 28, 2017
  • National Business Institute Webinar - ''HR Legal Nightmares: A Troubleshooting Guide'' - June 07, 2017
  • HR Departments of One - ''Breakfast Briefing'' - St. Louis - April 12, 2017
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Winter Meeting - ''Using Alternative Billing Models to Support Women in Law Firms'' - Chicago - March 10, 2017
  • HR Departments of One - ''Breakfast Briefing'' - St. Louis - March 08, 2017
  • HRMA Legal Roundtable - ''Accommodating Employees with 'Hidden' Mental and Behavioral Disabilities'' - St. Louis - February 15, 2017
  • Mound City Bar Association - ''What Employers Should Expect with the New Administrations'' - St. Louis - January 19, 2017
  • Rainbow Village - ''Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace'' - St. Louis - January 2017
  • Breakfast Briefing - ''What Employers Should Expect with the New Administrations'' - St. Louis - December 06, 2016
  • Breakfast Briefing - ''Accommodating Employees with ‘Hidden’ Mental and Behavioral Disabilities'' - St. Louis - December 05, 2016
  • Managing a Workforce in 2016 Seminar - ''Background Checks and the New Wave of Litigation'' - St. Louis - September 21, 2016
  • Institute of Management Accountants - ''Responding to the Department of Labor’s Overtime Regulations'' - St. Louis - September 20, 2016
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