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Julia Nowicki

Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.)

Case Manager
Juliana Wilkin
T: 312-655-9193
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606


Judge Nowicki presided for more than twenty-two years in several divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, where she resolved a variety of matters including commercial disputes; corporate governance matters, nationwide and statewide class actions; insurance coverage disputes; torts including professional malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, and Structural Work Act (SWA) cases; employment-restrictive covenant and executive termination cases; injunctive matters; trust disputes; administrative reviews; real estate matters including foreclosures, partitions, and specific performance cases; and domestic relations disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Judge Nowicki has adjudicated and mediated numerous employment disputes including:
    • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act class actions
    • Multiple restrictive covenant matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements resulting in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, interference with business relations, violations of trade secrets and unjust enrichment claims
    • High level executive employment termination disputes
    • Multiple matters involving age, race, gender, and sexual harassment claims
    • Multiple matters involving retaliation claims
    • Unpaid commission claims
    • Partnership dissolutions
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Women ADR Neutrals in Illinois, Leading Lawyers, 2014, 2015
  • Honoree, Justice Circle, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2014
  • Appointed by Mayor Rham Emanuel to the City of Chicago Board of Ethics in 2012 for a four year term
  • Appointed by the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Illinois as the Compliance Administrator to monitor illegal patronage practices in the County of Cook, 2006-2009
  • Served as a member of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke’s Committee to Screen Judicial Applicants
  • Trial Practice Instructor
    • Adjunct Professor at Loyla of Chicago Law School, 2005-Present
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Chicago Bar Association, created and implemented trial advocacy course designed to comply with the Federal Trial Bar requirements
  • Judicial
    • Appointed by the Chief Judge to the Cook County Circuit Court Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Preference
    • Served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Conference, 1992-2004
  • Lecturer
    • Frequent presenter at a numerous venues, including bar associations, law firms, professional organizations, commercial organizations, and Illinois Supreme Court seminars on a wide variety of topics
  • Bar Associations
    • Chicago Bar Association, served in several leadership roles, including as a Member of the Board of Managers and co-founder of the CBA Symphony Orchestra
    • Active in the Women’s Bar Association and Advocates Society
  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1984-2006
  • Private practice with Burke and Smith Chtd., 1981-1984
  • Assistant State’s Attorney - Civil Division and Criminal Division, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1975-1981
  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1971

Counsel Comments

    • “Judge Nowicki was the ideal arbitrator; she was well prepared, courteous and fair to all parties, and immediately demonstrated a keen insight into, and understanding of, both the legal issues and the complex technical issues presented in our case. She did not hesitate to 'get her hands dirty' by digging into the engineering issues with the experts.”



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