Julie Johnston-Ahlen

Of Counsel

Overview

Julie has represented a wide range of corporations, law firms, investment ventures, partnerships and individuals.

She has significant courtroom experience in state and federal courts, including federal bankruptcy courts. Julie has a broad litigation practice that has recently focused on energy disputes, real estate disputes, bankruptcy and electronic discovery. She also has experience litigating cases involving contracts, intellectual property, fraud, fiduciary relationships, class action defense, antitrust, employment, partnerships and closely held corporations.

Julie has significant experience in all aspects of electronic discovery, and routinely works with clients, vendors and opposing counsel to streamline the electronic discovery process and make it more efficient and less costly. In addition, Julie provides value to clients by advising them on steps they can take before litigation to minimize the burdens and costs of complying with electronic discovery obligations. Julie holds an MBA as well as a law degree, and before attending law school, she had her own information technology consulting firm that provided information technology consulting services to corporations for 5+ years.

Before joining Novack and Macey LLP, Julie was an associate in Mayer Brown’s bankruptcy practice group. She was born in New York in 1971, and presently resides in Oak Park, Illinois.

EDUCATION

  • Wells College (B.A. 1992), Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (M.B.A. 1994)
  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2002), Order of the Coif

Speeches & Publications

  • Author, Chapter 2, “Personal Liability in Closely Held Entities,” Handbook on Disputes Involving Closely Held Companies, published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2015.
  • Author, “Surprise! It’s a Subpoena: My company has been served with a subpoena. What should I do?” Smart Business Chicago, Spring 2015. View PDF.
  • Author, “Preferential Payments: How to keep money paid to you by a customer that goes bankrupt,” Smart Business Chicago, October 2013. View PDF.