Ms. Yanow has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law for over three decades. She founded EquiLaw in 2003. Ms. Yanow is a sought-after independent workplace investigator and trainer, having conducted well over 600 investigations and trained thousands of employees and executives at all levels, across the full spectrum of workplaces, regarding various topics vital to the workplace. Ms. Yanow also serves as an expert witness and consultant--both for plaintiff and defense counsel--in the areas of prevention, investigation, and elimination of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace.
Prior to launching EquiLaw, Ms. Yanow was employed by Warner Bros., where, after joining the Company in 1991, she acquired a decade of in-house experience. In 1993 Ms. Yanow was selected to co-found the Company's Employment Law department; she served as Vice President and Senior Employment Counsel until 2001. In that capacity, Ms. Yanow chaired the committee responsible for creating and implementing sexual harassment and discrimination awareness training at the Studio; investigated claims of harassment and discrimination, as well as other misconduct and employment-related matters; responded to state and federal complaints and charges; provided counsel regarding the full range of employment issues; monitored employment-related compliance for the Company; and directed outside counsel representing the Company in litigation.
Before joining Warner Bros., Ms. Yanow held a position as in-house counsel at NBC, handling a wide range of labor and employment issues. Ms. Yanow's in-house experience was grounded upon three-and-a-half years of private practice at the national law firm Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where she represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and practice.
Ms. Yanow is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. After attending UC Berkeley, Ms. Yanow studied law at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1986 garnering an Externship with the Directors Guild of America. Ms. Yanow received her JD in 1986 and was admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in the same year.
Ms. Yanow is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, for which she serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section as Vice-Chair for the Section. Ms. Yanow is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. She is a Past President of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI). Ms. Yanow is a Charter Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), for which she was invited to serve as Chair of the 2014 National Training Institute, served on the Board of Directors, and will serve as Institute faculty in 2019. Ms. Yanow speaks and publishes on the topic of workplace investigations.
Julie B. Yanow