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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 the energy industry, for which she leads a broad spectrum of high-risk disputes before both courts and arbitration tribunals. Julie serves as lead counsel to exploration and production companies, oilfield service providers, and oilfield product manufacturers involved in complex business litigation—on both sides of the commercial docket. Her deep energy experience includes numerous warranty claims, well failures, contract disputes, indemnity and insurance recovery actions, real estate and construction matters, property damage and nuisance allegations, product liability, and other business torts.


  • 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

  • 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