Julia S. Acken

Member

Overview

Ms. Acken focuses her practice in labor and employment law. She has defended numerous companies in gender, race, and disability discrimination cases in state and federal court.

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Areas of Focus
  • Employment
  • Labor Relations
  • Adoptions
  • Discrimination
Education

J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2002)

B.A., Indiana University (1999)

Biography

Ms. Acken focuses her practice in labor and employment law. She has defended numerous companies in gender, race and disability discrimination cases in state and federal court. Ms. Acken also has wide-ranging experience representing both public and private entities in EEOC claims, wage payment/overtime, wrongful termination, Davis-Bacon, and state and federal leave issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Acken was in-house employment counsel to a large international company. In that capacity, she partnered with the Human Resources to draft and implement employment policies, assist with union labor negotiations and issues, resolve employee relations issues, manage civil and administrative employment and labor claims, revise the employment handbook and draft multi-state agenda, audit the I-9 process and draft multiple job descriptions based upon state and federal wage laws. Ms. Acken also trained both management and non-managerial employees on employment law compliance issues.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona

Court Admission

  • Arizona Supreme Court (2002)
  • Arizona Federal Courts (2002)

Representative Experience

Labor and Employment

  • Responds to EEOC and ACRD charges of discrimination on behalf of employers, including investigating and drafting position statements
  • Responds to unfair labor practice charges on behalf of employers, including investigating, responding to Board requests, drafting position statement, and attending Board interviews
  • Attends mediations on behalf of employers and draft and revise subsequent severance and release agreements
  • Drafts employment handbooks and associated policies, including paid sick time policies
  • Provides sexual harassment and gender sensitivity training to employees

Adoptions

  • Drafts and revise petitions to adopt in a variety of adoptions, including foreign re-adoptions, ICWA qualifying adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and direct-placement adoptions
  • Represents prospective adoptive parents at final adoption hearings
  • Advises prospective adoptive parents concerning associated legal issues, including terminating parental rights, obtaining parental consents, immigration requirements, and vital records

Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Employment Law Section