Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.)

T: 312-655-0555
F: 312-655-0644

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Employment
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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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