Julie Z. Devine

Attorney at Law

Julie Z. Devine

Julie Z. Devine is a trial lawyer with over 15 years of experience. She has extensive experience in all areas of litigation and employment counseling for employers in various industries including retail, restaurant, automotive/transportation, shipping, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, non-profits, telecommunications, call centers, hospitality, and elementary and secondary education. She has represented employers in a wide range of single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action lawsuits. She has successfully defended employers in state and federal court and government investigations involving claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”), Illinois Human Rights Act, Missouri Worker’s Compensation Act, Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act, and Missouri and Illinois common law claims.

Julie also regularly provides advice and counseling to employers of all sizes about an array of compliance issues including hiring practices, credit and background checks, drug and alcohol policies and testing, workplace safety, employee discipline and terminations, accommodating employees with disabilities, religious expression in the workplace, social media and technology, arbitration clauses, non-compete agreements, and separation and severance agreements.

Julie also has extensive experience with cases and administrative proceedings involving complex medical and psychiatric issues including disability discrimination and failure to accommodate claims, civil litigation involving allegations of extensive medical and psychiatric damages, and appropriate placements for students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Julie earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Lecturer, “Addressing Harassment in the #Metoo Era,” Missouri School Boards’ Association, September 29, 2018, Lake of the Ozarks, MO
  • Lecturer, “The Mentally Ill Employee: How to Ensure Compliance with the ADA and FMLA Mandates and Strategies to Defend Claims” USLAW Network Conference, September 7, 2018, Montreal Canada
  • Author, “Addressing Pay Equity in the #metoo Era,” USLAW Magazine, September 5, 2018
  • Lecturer, “Employee Leave Simplified: FMLA, ADA, and More”  National Business Institute, April 3, 2018, St. Louis Missouri
  • Lecturer, “Employment Termination Tools You Must Have to Lawfully Handle Difficult Situations” National Business Institute, April 3, 2018, St. Louis Missouri
  • Panelist, “Responding to Agency Investigations,” HRMA Legal Roundtable, St. Louis, February 2018
  • Lecturer, “Managing Difficult Leave of Absence and Accommodation Issues,” SHRM of Southeast Missouri Seminar, Sikeston, October 2017
  • Lecturer, “Social Media in the Workplace,” SHRM of Southeast Missouri Seminar, Sikeston, October 2017
  • Lecturer, “Responding to Agency and Multi-Agency Investigations,” St. Louis, September 2017
  • Lecturer, “HR Legal Nightmares: A Troubleshooting Guide,” National Business Institute Webinar, June 2017
  • Lecturer, “Breakfast Briefing,” HR Departments of One, St. Louis, April 2017
  • Lecturer, “Using Alternative Billing Models to Support Women in Law Firms,” National Association of Women Lawyers, Chicago, March 2017
  • Lecturer, “Breakfast Briefing,” HR Departments of One, St. Louis, March 2017
  • Panelist, “Accommodating Employees with ’Hidden’ Mental and Behavioral Disabilities,” HRMA Legal Roundtable, St. Louis, February 2017
  • Lecturer, “What Employers Should Expect with the New Administrations,” Mound City Bar Association, St. Louis, January 2017
  • Lecturer, “Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace,” Rainbow Village, St. Louis, January 2017
  • Lecturer, “What Employers Should Expect with the New Administrations,” Breakfast Briefing, St. Louis, December 2016
  • Lecturer, “Accommodating Employees with ’Hidden’ Mental and Behavioral Disabilities,” Breakfast Briefing, St. Louis, December 2016
  • Lecturer, “Background Checks and the New Wave of Litigation,” Managing a Workforce in 2016 Seminar, St. Louis, September 2016
  • Lecturer, “Responding to the Department of Labor’s Overtime Regulations,” Institute of Management Accountants, St. Louis, September 2016
  • Author, Compensation Policies Under Scrutiny: Federal Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Female Faculty Physicians in EPA Case, October 2017

Community Service & Awards

  • Rainbow Village, Secretary and Co-Chair of Human Resources Committee
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