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Julie serves as the managing partner, Americas, and is a member of Reed Smith’s senior management team. She is one of the founding partners of the firm’s Houston office and has served on the firm’s global executive committee since 2016. Her trial practice focuses on the energy and life science sectors, for which she leads a broad spectrum of high-stakes disputes before both courts and arbitration tribunals. Julie has tried multiple cases with claims in excess of $100 million. As reported by clients to Chambers USA, Julie is "incredible and a fantastic standup litigator” who “is very prepared, has good trial instincts and a good presence in the courtroom.” Julie is further described as "efficient, knowledgeable, responsive” and someone who “delivers great results." The Legal 500 recommends Julie for “high-risk disputes and complex commercial litigation for oil and gas sector clients.”


  • 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 – Advisory Council 
  • 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

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Texas: Houston & Surrounds Litigation: General Commercial, 2021-2024
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers "Top Women Attorneys in Texas" list for Energy & Natural Resources (2020) 
  • Named Star Lawyer in the Acritas Star Lawyer database of stand-out lawyers nominated by clients’ senior in-house counsel for their exceptional client service, 2018-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers list for Energy & Natural Resources (2013-2020)
  • Selected for the 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 for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Civil Litigation (2005-2013)

In the News

  • 11 August 2020 “Insurer Says Virus Coverage Fight Belongs In Texas, Not NY” Law360 
  • 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