Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. summa cum laude (2009)
University of Texas at Austin, B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Honors (2006)
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Named as one of Texas Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020
Named a Texas "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers, 2020-2022
Named “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2017-2019
Named a "Top Lawyer" by Houstonia Magazine, 2019-2022
Named as one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H-Town magazine, 2015
Texas Tech School of Law, Articles Editor, Texas Tech Law Review
Texas Tech School of Law, Order of the Coif
Texas, Southern District
Texas, Eastern District
Texas, Northern District
Texas, Western District
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
Briefing Attorney, Supreme Court of Texas, Justice Phil Johnson
Julie is an experienced litigation attorney in Chamberlain’s Houston office. She has substantial experience defending employers nationwide in wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits, including matters involving allegations of misclassification of employees and failure to pay overtime. She has also defeated class certification and has obtained decertification of collective actions in overtime and other wage-related cases.
Julie has successfully defended employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including disputes over breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. In many cases, she has obtained complete dismissal for clients on summary judgment.
She has also secured victories for clients on appeal in state and federal courts and has extensive appellate experience having represented clients before the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals and several state appellate courts.
In addition to handling state and federal cases, Julie represents clients in investigations by administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the Texas Workforce Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor.
Julie is passionate about helping clients navigate complex issues and achieve their employment-related compliance and business objectives. She is a trusted advisor to local and national firm clients and routinely provides day-to-day employment advice to executives, managers, and human resources professionals on a full range of topics, including hiring and termination practices, workplace complaints and internal investigations, FMLA and ADA leave and accommodation, classifying and paying workers in compliance with wage laws, employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employment handbooks and policies, as well as other employment matters that employers face on a regular basis.
Prior to joining Chamberlain, Julie clerked for Justice Phil Johnson of the Texas Supreme Court.
- Represented a national retailer in dispute with National Labor Relations Board regarding legality of a class waiver provision in its company arbitration clause. After unfavorable ruling from the NLRB, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, finding the class waiver provision was legal. Cellular Sales of Missouri, LLC v. Nat'l Labor Relations Bd., 15-1620, 2016 WL 3093363 (8th Cir. June 2, 2016).
- Represented a corporation in an FLSA lawsuit filed in federal court in Missouri. Obtained dismissal of the former employee’s claims against the parent company and its Chief Executive Officer. Successfully compelled the remaining claims against a subsidiary to arbitration, which resulted in favorable settlement.
- Successfully compelled multi-plaintiff FLSA and state wage law case to arbitration and obtained dismissal of state wage law claims and FLSA retaliation claims.
- Successfully compelled arbitration of FLSA retaliation lawsuit filed in New York federal court and obtained a complete defense verdict.
- Successfully appealed a trial court’s denial of a plea to the jurisdiction, which resulted in the Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals rendering a judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s disability claim with prejudice.
- Successfully appealed a trial court’s order denying arbitration of a partnership dispute to the Houston First Court of Appeals.
- Obtained an order from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals staying a temporary restraining order that prohibited a law firm from providing services to clients.
- Obtained summary judgment in an insurance company’s favor on numerous claims by a former employee, including claims for age and race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation filed in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained complete dismissal of a former employee’s age discrimination claims and drafted the appellate brief to the Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals, which affirmed the client’s judgment.
- Obtained complete dismissal of a former employee’s disability and retaliation discrimination claims filed in federal court in the Western District of Texas.
- Obtained complete dismissal of race discrimination and retaliation claims filed against a wellhead equipment manufacturer in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.
- Obtained temporary restraining order and injunction on behalf of distributor of electrical components, enjoining former employee from working for a competitor, servicing the client’s customers, interfering with the client’s relationship with customers and suppliers, and using or disclosing the client’s confidential information.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction in Texas state court on behalf of a systems management provider, enjoining a former employee from working for a competitor and enjoining both the former employee and her new employer from marketing certain products, soliciting the client’s customers, or using the client’s confidential information.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction in Texas state court on behalf of distributor of hydraulic products, enjoining a former employee from contacting and doing business with the client’s customers.
- Houston Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Section
- Patrick Martin named Sustaining Life Fellow, and Hobbs Gnaim, Julie Offerman and Brittney Williams named Life FellowsMarch 20, 2023
- Texas Lawyer: Recent Federal Legislation and Policy Impose Restrictions on Texas’s Strong Fundamental Right of Freedom of ContractLarry Carbo and Julie Offerman discuss recent National Labor Relations Board ruling on severance agreements in Texas Lawyer articleTexas Lawyer, March 8, 2023
- "Chamberlain Hrdlicka Announces 10 Shareholder Promotions, With 6 in Atlanta, 4 in Texas," Daily ReportArticle published in the Daily Report highlighted Firm's recent elevationsDaily Report, February 20, 2023
- Attorneys in the Chamberlain Hrdlicka Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio offices elevated to Equity Shareholder and ShareholderFebruary 8, 2023
- Article published in Law360 Pulse highlighted Firm's recent shareholder elevationsLaw360 Pulse, February 8, 2023
- Houstonia names 30 Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys as 2022 Top LawyersNovember 30, 2022
- 2022 Texas Super Lawyers includes Chamberlain Hrdlicka AttorneysSeptember 21, 2022
- Houstonia names Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys as 2021-2022 Top LawyersHoustonia, December 1, 2021
- Texas Super Lawyers names Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys to 2021 ListSeptember 21, 2021
- Article in Law360 Pulse on “Chamberlain Hrdlicka Promotes 5 Across US Offices”Law360 Pulse, March 11, 2021
- Chamberlain Hrdlicka elevates Julie Offerman to Shareholder during First Virtual Shareholders MeetingJulie Offerman elevated to Chamberlain Hrdlicka ShareholderMarch 2, 2021
- Five Attorneys elevated at First Virtual Shareholders MeetingMarch 2, 2021
- Super Lawyers names Diana Perez Gomez and Julie Offerman to Texas 2020 Top Women ListDecember 16, 2020
- Houstonia Magazine names Chamberlain Attorneys as 2021 Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine, November 30, 2020
- Labor & Employment Update - New York & California Employers: Don't Forget Your Annual Sexual Harassment TrainingNovember 10, 2020
- Super Lawyers names Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys as 2020 Texas Super LawyersOctober 19, 2020
- Labor and Employment Update - Independent Contractor Proposed RuleSeptember 24, 2020
- Labor & Employment Update - Government Agency Guidance on the COVID-19 PandemicJune 9, 2020
- Labor & Employment Update - DOL Expands OT Exemptions for Certain Employees of Retail and Service EstablishmentsMay 20, 2020
- Chamberlain L&E Update - Unemployment Benefits in Georgia and TexasApril 2, 2020
- Chamberlain L&E Update - Layoff vs. Furlough: Legal and Practical RamificationsMarch 30, 2020
- Chamberlain L&E Update - Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Effective Date ChangeMarch 24, 2020
- Chamberlain L&E Update - Summary of Paid Leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)March 19, 2020
- December 2019
- March 7, 2019
Seminars & Presentations
- Amber Ali to present on Harnessing the Benefits of a Multigenerational WorkforceThe St. Regis Houston, March 1, 2023
- Essential and Hot Topics in Employment Law, Houston, Texas, September 21, 2021.
- Employment Law from A to Z in Texas, a seminar to human resources managers on strategies designed to avoid employment disputes , January 27, 2011.
- "The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That an Oil Rig Supervisor Paid a High Day Rate is Still Entitled to Overtime Pay"Article by Julie Offerman on "The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That an Oil Rig Supervisor Paid a High Day Rate is Still Entitled to Overtime Pay"Shale Magazine, December 3, 2021
- Texas CEO, September 9, 2021
- Houston Business Journal, May 10, 2019
- “The Dose Makes the Poison”: Specific Causation in Texas Asbestos Cases After Borg-Warner, 41 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 709 (2009).
- Labor & Employment Blog, March 2, 2023
- Labor & Employment Blog, January 28, 2022
- Labor & Employment Blog, January 21, 2022