Julie Levinson Werner Senior Counsel

New YorkNew Jersey
T 212.419.5864; 973.597.2550 | F 973.597.2551



Clients turn to Julie 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 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.

Representative Engagements

Regularly counsels New York-based start-ups and other corporate clients on employment law compliance.
Obtained defense jury verdict for prominent real estate investment trust in disability discrimination and retaliation trial.
Achieved summary judgment in favor of internationally recognized cosmetics company in connection with former employee’s claims of disability discrimination.
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Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2013–2016) – Recognized in the employment law category.

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer, “Employee Mobility,” Cornell Tech LLM Program, October 25, 2016

  • Guest Lecturer, “Employment Law for Technology Start-Ups,” Cornell Tech LLM Program, October 24, 2016

  • Speaker, "Ban the Box: Where Are We Now?," Lowenstein Sandler and SterlingBackcheck Webinar, June 1, 2016

  • Speaker, "Wage and Hour Update," Lowenstein Sandler and ADP Seminar, September 29, 2015; September 30, 2015

  • Speaker, "Class Action Avoidance Strategies Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act," ACC-NJ and Lowenstein Sandler Life Sciences Breakfast Series, April 29, 2015

  • Speaker, “Ban the Box Legal Compliance in 2015,” Lowenstein Sandler and SterlingBackcheck Webinar, February 19, 2015

  • Speaker, “Employee Background Checks and the Law in 2015: Is Your Company at Risk?,” Lowenstein Sandler and SterlingBackcheck Seminar, January 29, 2015

  • Speaker, “Avoiding the Bad Breakup: Advice When Terminating Employees”, the third of a three-part Lowenstein Sandler series, June 4, 2014; June 11, 2014

  • Speaker, “Pitfalls, Policies, and Procedures in the Employment Relationship”, the second of a three-part Lowenstein Sandler series, February 26, 2014; March 5, 2014

  • Speaker, “The Hiring Process”, the first of a three-part Lowenstein Sandler series, October 22, 2013; October 29, 2013

  • Speaker, "What’s New at the EEOC, NLRB, DOL, and OFCCP," Westchester/Southern Connecticut ACCA, April 10, 2013

Publications

New York Employers Beware: State and Local Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees Exceed Federal Requirements
Employment Client Alert, December 1, 2016
William Greenbaum, Julie Werner, Joshua Knapp
Big News on the Wage and Hour Front
Employment Client Alert, November 23, 2016
David Wissert, Julie Werner
It’s Time to Examine Your Separation and Release Agreements (Again)
Employment Client Alert, August 18, 2016
Julie Werner
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Press Mentions

In Enterprise MagazineJulie Levinson Werner comments on the legal risks and benefits of employee work-life balance for employers. , Enterprise Magazine , First Quarter 2016
Lowenstein Sandler is representing The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, in its pending acquisition of GLAMGLOW, the Hollywood skin care brand focused on fast-acting treatment masks designed to deliver stunning, camera-ready results. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in February 2015. The Lowenstein team includes Marita A. Makinen, Seth T. Goldsamt, Michele J. Alexander, Lynda A. Bennett, Jeffrey Blumenfeld, David Leit, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Matt Savare, Jeffrey M. Shapiro, Jack Sidorov, Jeri L. Abrams, Julie Levinson Werner, David Toma, Lesley Pruzansky Adamo, Kimberly Donnelly Rowe, Annie Nazarian Davydov, and Marisa A. White. , December 19, 2014
In XconomyJulie Levinson Werner comments that part of the culture of sexism and misogyny existing in the technology scene may be due to startups’ natural growing pains. , Xconomy , July 21, 2014
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Related Areas

Business Litigation
Employment
Litigation
The Tech Group

Education


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( J.D. , 1996 ) , magna cum laude
Cornell University ( B.A. , 1993 ) , with distinction

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Affiliations


  • New Jersey District V-C Ethics Committee