Overview

As a trial attorney, counselor or a Police Commissioner, Julius brings a practical innovation to every aspect of his practice. Julius heads Constangy's San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on a broad range of labor and employment matters including litigating single-plaintiff, class-action, and collective-action (both discrimination claims and wage/hour); Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and anti-corruption issues; and traditional labor. He also provides a full range- of counseling services, including in relation to trade secrets, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, and the employment relationship from hiring, agreement, management of issues and termination throughout several jurisdictions across the country. His practice encompasses representing employers in a variety of industries including airline, transportation, pharmaceutical and biotech, manufacturing, shipping, maritime, construction, retail, education, transportation, sports and entertainment, and high technology.

Julius began his practice nearly 20 years ago representing clients in all stages of federal court litigation under the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act, in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in labor arbitration. He has represented and advised clients in collective bargaining negotiations and administration, grievance procedures, union organizing campaigns, boycotts, and strikes, and on labor relation aspects of mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, plant closures, and relocations.

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Julius has considerable investigative and trial skills, and focuses on representing employers, as well as C-suite executives and high-level managers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. His criminal law background makes him a go-to counselor for major corporations facing FCPA, anti-bribery, anti-corruption, fraud, internal controls, compliance, and ethics concerns. Julius has represented multinational corporations and executives during sensitive and complex stages of pre-investigation, government investigation and audit, and prosecution and enforcement actions of the FCPA, and state law equivalents. He has structured agreements, which have included, dismissals, deferred prosecution, and reduced exposure for corporations and individual executive employees. He regularly conducts trainings, seminars, and audits on FCPA compliance, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption issues. Julius also assists clients with the drafting and implementation of compliance programs, codes of conduct and risks assessments.

Julius has successfully defended management, trying cases to both jury and bench trial verdicts, prevailing at arbitration, and winning summary judgment and dismissals of employment discrimination claims, including race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and hostile environment harassment. He has also successfully represented companies in complex state and federal wage and hour litigation claims, including exempt status misclassification, overtime, off the-clock, meal and rest periods, itemized wage statements, vacation pay, commissions, wrongful termination, unfair competition, violation of public policy, and common law tort claims, as well as state and federal wage and hour litigation.

Julius counsels, writes about, and conducts training for employers on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the California Business and Professions Code, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He also writes on topics such as employee terminations, workplace violence, pre-employment screening, employment agreements, workplace investigations and discipline, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and unfair competition, and drug and alcohol testing.

Honors & Recognitions

  • #1 "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault.com Associate Survey (2012)
  • Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
  • Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment, American Lawyer Magazine
  • National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • Tier 1 - Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor - Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling, The Legal 500 (2012)
  • Tier 1 - National Labor and Employment Practice, Chambers USA Guide (2012)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Mastering FCPA Compliance Before the Government Calls,” co-presented at San Francisco Bay Area Association of Corporate Counsel’s Compliance Day Program, June 2017
  • "California’s New Fair Pay Act Could Make Waves Elsewhere," Corporate Counsel, December 2015
  • "Gay Marriage Ruling Leaves U.S. Firms Unclear on Spousal Benefits," Reuters, July 2015
  • "Plaintiffs Lawyers Take a Liking to Employee Defamation Claims," The Recorder, May 2015
  • "In Kleiner Perkins Trial, Jurors Throw In Their Own Questions," The Recorder, March 2015
  • "U.S. Labor Department extends leave protections to same-sex couples," Thomson Reuters, February 2015
  • "Blurring of Work, Personal Tech Drives Privacy Disputes," The Recorder, January 2015
  • "Zillow Fires Back at Sexual Harassment Charges Using Accuser's Texts," The Recorder, December 2014
  • "Labor board reverses precedent, allows workers to use email for labor discussions," Daily Journal, December 2014
  • "New pro-employee ordinances in SF may be tough to challenge," Daily Journal, November 2014
  • "DEA Tackles Plaintiffs Claims that NFL Dosed Injured Players," The Recorder, November 2014
  • "Special Report: Employment Law," The Recorder, November 2013
  • "EEOC Case Shows Transgender Bias Claims Gaining Steam," Law360, July 2013
  • “Yes We Can!”
  • Barack Obama

Practice Emphasis

  • Class/Collective Actions
  • Employment Litigation Prevention and Defense
  • Employment Law Counseling
  • Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour/FLSA
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Trade Secrets and Noncompetition Law
  • Arbitration
  • Labor Relations
  • Union Negotiations and Campaigns

Clerkships

  • Judge John J. Hughes, U.S.M.J., in the District of New Jersey

Education

Rutgers School of Law

  • J.D., 1992

University of Michigan 

  • B.G.S., 1987

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California, 2003
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • State Superior Court of California
  • State Superior Court of New York
  • State Superior Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
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