Julie is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare compliance programs and on the topic of informed consent. She brings passionate, committed, experienced representation to the defense of her clients, advocating for them at every turn. She is an experienced business law attorney having worked extensively in business creation, dissolution, governance issues, compliance programs, contracts and vendor issues, leases, mergers/acquisitions, policy and procedure creation, and business reformation.
During law school, Julie was an Honors Merit Scholar, an Associate Editor of the Touro International Law Review, Captain of the “National Trial Competition” Trial Advocacy Team and was named Outstanding Trial Advocate in the ATLA Competition. She was also an invitee and Member of the American Inns of Court, and graduated magna cum laude, receiving a law school honoree designation for outstanding pro bono service.
In addition to traditional legal services, Julie also provides education, training, and consulting services to hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare entities with the goal of improving patient safety, reducing risk and increasing the provision of quality and equitable care.
As a talented and very experienced trainer and educator, Julie has a unique way of cutting through to the heart of a matter, making complex concepts simple to understand and to put into practice. These skills serve her clients well with juries and administrative hearing officers. They also serve her third-year law students well at WMU Cooley Law School where she teaches Health Law, Medicine, Forensic Science and the Law, and the law of Business Organizations courses as an Adjunct Professor.
Julie serves as the General Counsel and President Elect for the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality and is active in the Healthcare Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), and other state and national health law professional organizations. She is a content contributor for the Michigan Public Health Code – General Rules for License Renewals – Mandatory Implicit Bias Training Programs – Format and Content Requirements (2020). She is a frequent presenter on current and emerging legal compliance, risk, and business issues for several state and national healthcare industry professional associations, explaining and synthesizing many areas of intersecting law for clients and industry professionals alike. Julie is a distinguished author, writing several books, book chapters, white papers and articles on legal and medical topics.
Co-Keynote presenter, Greater Houston Society for Healthcare Risk Management Annual Conference, March 2021
Presentation to Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) Multi-State Quality Association Consortium, December 2020
Medicolegal Forensic Death Investigation Training Course Western Michigan University – Stryker School of Medicine, November 2020
Lead Presenter - State Bar of Michigan – Healthcare Law Section, September 2020
Presenter at the Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) Covid-19 Town Hall, September 2020
Presenter - Oakland University – School of Nursing, September 2020
Podcast participant/guest - REVELEER (Risk Adjustment and Quality Improvement Company), September 2020
Legal Continuing Education Presenter - Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) Annual Conference, October 2019
Legal Continuing Education Presenter - Southeast Michigan Health Information Management Association (SEMMHIMA) Annual Conference, September 2019
Legal Continuing Education Presenter - Michigan Health Information Management Association (MHIMA) Annual Conference, May 2019
Presenter - Macomb County Community College, Medical Sciences & Business Tech Divisions, February 2019
Legal Continuing Education Presenter - Michigan Health Information Management Association (MHIMA) Spring Lunch & Learn Series, January 2019
Presentation to Southeast Michigan Health Information Management Association (SEMMHIMA) Annual Conference, September 2018
Little Victories Press, 2007
Little Victories Press, 2006
Little Victories Press, 2005
Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2009. (Book jacket cover review; review for publication web site and marketing.)
State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section, 2016
Matrix Medical Communications Publishing, 2007
State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section, August 2020
Bariatric Times, January 2008
Bariatric Times, May 2007
Bariatric Times, May 2007
Obesity Care Journal, November 2007
Julie’s dyed-in-the-wool, law-geek personality can be attributed (she claims) to her early exposure to the legal world in the Crown Attorney’s office. Her mother worked there as a legal assistant and court reporter, often letting Julie complete her homework in the Crown’s evidence vault among all the murder weapons and such! She helped her mother with the office filing too – this was exciting because it included gruesome photos of various crime scenes and autopsy reports, fascinating to her young, inquiring self! Her mother started taking her to court when she was around five, and even to Coroner’s Inquests when she turned eleven. Her father (a chef), and his culinary talents (and well-stocked bar) often drew many police officer and attorney friends to their home where Julie would enjoy a variety of war stories, which always got better as the night went on! All this explains why she first became a paralegal, then went on to law school, then practiced health law and decided to teach Medicine, Forensic Science, and the Law!
Julie has developed a love for the history and tradition of the law (she is a member of the Supreme Court Historical Society), and if you visit her office you will note a distinct legal theme to the décor. She not so secretly wishes that American courts had a little more of the formality and tradition of the British system in which she grew up – minus the wigs, but she loves the vitality of American law practice. So, it’s a draw.
If you are wondering how her husband fares in an argument with her, well . . . he holds his own and doesn’t take much guff, but she says her record of wins isn’t in too much jeopardy!
Central Michigan University, MSA - Healthcare Administration, 1999
Touro College – Fuchsberg School of Law, J.D., 1997
Davenport University, BBA, 1994
Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787 – Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age – Kevin Boyle Ireland – Frank Delaney
Morocco, France, Ireland, Italy, Greece
I just can’t choose!
Italian, Indian, Moroccan, Irish, Canadian – anything my Dad makes (he’s a Chef)
two cats Puffy and Snoodle
Healthcare workers and first responders Ruth Bader Ginsberg