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Julie M. Williamson
Conflict Resolution Services

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216-16th Street
Suite 600
Denver, CO 80202
USA
720-989-8745

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Description of Practice

As a mediator and arbitrator, I am dedicated to caring, efficient and effective dispute resolution. I focus my practice on the resolution of business, probate, and employment disputes, as well as bankruptcy, class, and collective actions. In addition to resolving over 100 cases as a mediator and arbitrator, I have over 30 years of experience in litigating and settling business disputes large and small.

As a mediator, my extensive commercial litigation background enables me to sort through even the most complex issues and persevere in helping parties find acceptable resolutions. As an arbitrator, I manage the pre-hearing process efficiently, conduct hearings fairly, and issue timely and well-reasoned awards.

My litigation experience also makes me keenly aware of the costs of litigation to individuals and businesses in terms of time, money, energy, and emotions. I am committed to resolving disputes outside of the courtroom whenever possible to minimize such costs and enable parties to return their full attention to pursuing productive lives and profitable businesses.

Professional Background

  • Mediator, Conflict Resolution Services
  • Mediator,Elledge Group and Court Mediation Service of the
  • Mediator, Elledge Group
  • The Mediation Association of Colorado, member
  • National Roster of Arbitrators, Commercial and Large Complex Panels, American Arbitration Association
  • Elected by her peers to The Best Lawyers in America® for all years since 2006
  • Named a Colorado Super Lawyer in business litigation 2009-2013 and in alternative dispute resolution 2014-2015
  • Holds Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating of AV preeminent
  • Colorado Bar Foundation-- Fellow
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee--former Board Chair and member of Hate Violence Task Force
  • Colorado Bar Association--active member of Ethics Committee and Legal Fee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Experience

Ms. Williamson is a licensed Colorado attorney who practiced in the area of commercial litigation for 32 years before turning to a full-time ADR practice She represented both plaintiffs and defendants throughout the entire course of a dispute, from the inception of litigation through discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial or arbitration hearing. She litigated and resolved not only straightforward two-party lawsuits, but also multi-party cases and multi-forum, class, and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective actions.

As an ADR professional, Ms. Williamson has resolved over 100 matters. Ms. Williamson has resolved disputes involving business dissolutions, franchise and license agreements, partnership agreement, limited liability companies, real estate transactions, and other claims of breach of contract and related torts. As an attorney, her litigation matters in state, federal district, and bankruptcy courts spanned such diverse areas as business dissolutions, investment fraud, insurance practices, commercial leases, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, receivership actions, accountant malpractice, banking practices, securities and broker fraud, ERISA liability, and employee compensation and benefits.

Degrees

University of Colorado School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1982
Order of the Coif
Storke Scholar

Lewis and Clark College
Bachelor of Arts, 1978
Summa cum laude
National Merit Scholar

Panel, Conflict Resolution Services, Inc., 3/2014- present; Member, JMW Resolutions, LLC, 2013-3/2014; Partner, Bieging Shapiro & Barber LLP, 2005-13; Partner, Hoffman Reilly Pozner & Williamson LLP, 2000-05; Partner/Of Counsel, McKenna & Cuneo, L.L.P., 1993-00; Of Counsel, Cortez Friedman, P.C., 1991-93; Partner/Associate, Sherman & Howard, 1982-91.

Admitted to Bar: Colorado, 1982; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1982; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1982; U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995. Numerous pro hac vice admissions.

Approach

I believe that thorough preparation is key to all forms of dispute resolution. As a mediator, I carefully review all pre-mediation submissions and often speak to the attorneys involved before the mediation to get additional information. During the mediation, I focus on careful listening and work on creative approaches to helping the parties to reach agreement. As an arbitrator, I manage the pre-hearing process attentively and efficiently, with a view to minimizing discovery disputes and motion practice. In resolving motions I study the materials submitted and hear arguments only when necessary. At the hearing, I pay close attention to the evidence, so that I can issue a timely and thoughtful award.

Fees

Flat rate or hourly fees available. No charge for front-range travel time. Sliding scale will be considered.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator

References available upon request.

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