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Julie L. Gottshall

Chicago Office

Julie L. Gottshall serves as the Chicago head of the Employment Law and Litigation practice. She practices nationally in the area of employment law, providing litigation representation and counseling on behalf of management. Julie assists employers in matters arising under federal, state and local employment laws, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Illinois Whistleblower Act, and various state statutes and common law doctrines relating to employment.

Julie also represents both companies and individuals in matters relating to unfair competition and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, such as confidentiality and non-compete agreements. In addition to her litigation practice, Julie negotiates and drafts employment and separation agreements and restrictive covenant agreements, conducts workplace investigations, provides management training, and advises employers on implementing personnel policies and mitigating risk in employment decisions.

As a member of the Roster of Neutrals for the Employment Panel of the American Arbitration Association for more than 10 years, Julie regularly acts as an impartial third-party arbitrator in employment matters. Julie has decided arbitration cases initiated by employees (including high-level executives) and employers, involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, restrictive covenants, and breach of contract. Previously, she served as an arbitrator for the Cook County Circuit Court mandatory arbitration process and became certified as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Julie has conducted management training sessions through organizations such as the Law Bulletin Council on Education in Management and the Institute for Applied Management and Law and has taught a graduate-level course in Human Resources Law at Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Human Resources and Industrial Relations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Julie has also been quoted on cutting-edge employment law issues in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business and Inside Counsel.

Shown below is a selection of Julie’s engagements.


Super Lawyers, Illinois, 2006, 2008–2019
2003, 2010, 2013
Co-author, Employee Handbooks and Appendix, Conducting the Employment Practices Audit, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Firm News
June 28, 2017
Speaker | Understanding the American Workplace: Tips for Managing to Minimize Liability | China General Chamber of Commerce | Chicago, Illinois
June 28, 2016
Co-Presenter | Random Topics for Algo Trading Firms: Recordkeeping, Trade Secrets Protection and Updates From the CFTC | FIA Principal Traders Group | Chicago, Illinois
September 2013
Moderator | Should Your Company Use Arbitration Agreements? | Law Bulletin Seminars 8th Annual Employment Law Conference
March 2013
Facilitator | Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration | American Arbitration Association Training Program
September 2012
Panelist | Handling the Disgruntled Employee & the Exiting Executive | Law Bulletin Seminars 7th Annual Employment Law Conference
May 12, 2010
Co-Presenter | New Employment Laws and Regulations | 2010 Human Resources Conference | Chicago, Illinois
September 30, 2009
Panelist | Protecting the Business through Restrictive Covenants | 2009 Law Bulletin Seminars Employment Law Conference
January 25, 2009
Speaker | American Orthopedic Association | Chicago, Illinois
October 1, 2008
Moderator | Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims: Recent Developments in the Law and Guidelines on Prevention | Employment Law Conference | Chicago, Illinois
Julie L. Gottshall


  • JD, The George Washington University Law School
  • BS, Cornell University

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of Arizona
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


Super Lawyers
Illinois, 2006, 2008–2019
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