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Julie is one of the founding partners of Reed Smith’s Houston office and also serves on the firm's global Executive Committee. Her litigation practice focuses on both the energy and life science sectors, for which she leads a broad spectrum of high-risk disputes before both courts and arbitration panels.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 1999, J.D., honors
  • Texas Christian University, 1995, B.S., Political Science & Philosophy, magna cum laude

  • Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas

  • The Institute for Energy Law
  • Women's Energy Network
  • The Center for Women in Law
    • Circle of Leaders
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Bar Association – Litigation and Oil & Gas Sections

Awards & Recognition

  • Named Star Lawyer in 2019 in the Acritas Star Lawyer database of stand-out lawyers nominated by clients’ senior in-house counsel for their exceptional client service
  • Selected to 2013-2018 Texas Super Lawyers list - General Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources 
  • Selected to Texas Executive Women's 2015 Class of "Women on the Move"
  • Houston Business Journal “40 Under 40” 2013 Honoree
  • Houston Woman Magazine's "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2013" Honoree
  • Selected to Texas Rising Stars list, 2005-2012 - Civil Litigation

In the News

  • 13 May 2016 "Texas Judge Nixes Trade Secrets Suit Against ConocoPhillips" Law360
  • 26 October 2015  "Energy Industry's Victory in Personal Injury Case Could Have Far Reaching Effects" SETexasRecord.com
  • 31 August 2015 "Texas Executive Women Announces 2015 Women on the Move Award Winners" Business Wire
  • 1 October 2013 "Meet HBJ's 40 Under 40 Class of 2013" Houston Business Journal