Julie is a fearless advocate for businesses and organizations striving to master government processes, avoid litigation, and ultimately foster an environment that allows them to grow freely. Her experience working for federal and local governments and agencies has provided Julie with a unique ability to foster cooperative relationships with city, county and other public agency staff. Though she’s quick to identify and establish relationships that help get the job done, she’s not afraid to be bold. Julie frequently appears before commissions and councils to achieve the best results for her clients.
Julie’s insight is rooted in her extensive experience handling matters ranging from code enforcement, land use, and tort claims, to writs, appeals and constitutional and civil rights cases. She has advocated for cities and other public agencies for years, and previously served as a city prosecutor and deputy city attorney, advising planning commissions and city councils on zoning, land use, and CEQA issues.
Whether a client is a city organization, public agency, or private business looking to make its next move, Julie has consistently proven her ability to deliver creative, pragmatic strategies, based on specific political climates, zoning constraints, and client needs and risk tolerances.
When she’s not flexing her legal muscle, you can catch Julie on stage at the world famous Hermosa Beach Lighthouse, singing with her band.
Attorney, Hamill Law
Attorney, Richards, Watson & Gershon
Legal Clerk, United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism
Summer Associate, Richards, Watson & Gershon
Legislative Research Analyst, National Association of Counties
Board of Directors, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors, California Young Lawyers Association, Liaison to Public Law Section, State Bar of California
Editorial Board, Real Property Law Reporter, Continuing Education of the Bar
Real Property Advisory Committee, Continuing Education of the Bar
Former Vice President of the International Trade and Investment Law Society, American University Washington College of Law
Real Estate and Land Use Panel, “The Business of Marijuana in Northern California,” The Seminar Group, January 17 and 18, 2019.
“Ethically Navigating Local and State Licensing for Cannabis Businesses,” CEB, December 7, 2018.
“2018 Update: Land Use & Zoning Regulation of Cannabis Businesses,” CEB, June 20, 2018.
Local Law and Land Use Panel, “Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Southern California,” The Seminar Group, March 29 and 30, 2018.
Blockchain Technology: Local Government Applications and Challenges, An International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) White Paper, November 2018.
A Comprehensive Update to MAUCRSA: California Cannabis Regulation and Risks of Leasing Real Property to Cannabis Businesses, CEB RPLR, May 2018.
“Cryptic Coinage,” Culture B2B, February, 2018.
From MMRSA to MCRSA to MAUCRSA: The Current State of Affairs in California Cannabis Regulation and Risks of Leasing Real Property to Cannabis Businesses, 40 CEB RPLR 101, September 2017.
Proposition 64 and Beyond: Insights From a Former City Prosecutor on the Risks of Leasing to Cannabis Operators in Today’s Legal Landscape, 40 CEB RPLR 28, March 2017.
“Insights From a Former City Prosecutor on the Risks of Leasing to Cannabis Operators,” Real Property Law Reporter, Mar 7, 2017.