Julie B. Yanow J.D., AWI-CH


Julie has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law for over 30 years. She founded EquiLaw in 2003 to focus on providing investigation, training, and expert consulting services.

She has conducted approximately 700 workplace investigations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employee misconduct. She has trained and/or coached thousands of employees across the spectrum of workplaces regarding topics such as the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, as well as the art of conducting prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations. Julie also serves as an expert witness and consultant for plaintiff and defense counsel regarding employment issues.

Julie is an active member of the workplace investigator and employment law communities. Julie served as 2019-2020 Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a member of the California Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. Julie is a Charter Member of the international Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) for which she served on the Board of Directors and serves currently as faculty. Julie earned a workplace investigator certificate through AWI’s inaugural national Training Institute in 2012, was invited to be a faculty member for the 2013 Institute, served as Chair of the 2014 Institute, and was among the first investigators to attain AWI-CH (certificate holder) status through AWI's accredited examination process. She is a member of AWI’s Institute Committee, which among other things is charged with formulating its ongoing training curriculum. Julie is a Past President of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI). She speaks and publishes on the topic of workplace investigations.

Prior to launching EquiLaw, Julie was employed by Warner Bros. Two years after joining Warner Bros. in 1991, Julie was selected to co-found the Company's Employment Law department; she served as Vice President and Senior Employment Counsel until 2001. Julie was chosen to chair the committee responsible for creating and implementing studio sexual harassment and discrimination awareness training; she investigated/supervised investigations of employee misconduct; responded to government complaints and charges; provided counsel regarding the full range of employment issues; and monitored employment-related compliance.

Before joining Warner Bros., Julie held a position as in-house counsel at NBC, handling a wide range of labor and employment issues. Her in-house experience was grounded upon three-and-a-half years of private practice at the national law firm Pepper, Hamilton and Scheetz, where as an associate attorney she represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and practice.

Julie is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She studied law at the University of California, Los Angeles. Julie received her J.D. in 1986 and was admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in the same year.

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