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Julia chairs the firm’s appellate practice group and is the former chair of the Locke Reynolds appellate practice group. She continues to practice in appellate, construction, fidelity and surety, and other commercial matters. She also represents lawyers before the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. Julia served as chair of the management committee of the former Locke Reynolds law firm from 2000 to 2005, one of very few women to hold that title in Indianapolis. A well-respected national leader in the profession, she is a frequently requested speaker.

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Law School

Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1978, cum laude

Undergraduate School

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, B.A., 1975, cum laude

Bar Membership

Julia is licensed to practice in the following state:



Local & National Recognition

2019 Indiana State Bar Association David Hamacher Public Service Award

Indiana Women of Achievement Award, Ball State University College of Science and Humanities, 2016

Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law Awards, Distinguished Barrister, 2016

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow

Recipient of the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, 2010

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® and the Top 25 Female Super Lawyers, 2004–2018

The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007–2019

The Best Lawyers in America©, Indianapolis Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2012

“Women to Watch,” Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer,2000

Chambers USA® America’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2018

The American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Bar Register of Women Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell Inaugural Edition®, 2011

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section; Fidelity and Surety Committee, Vice-Chair, 1990-1995 and 1997-2002; Professional Issues Committee

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry Committee

Council of Appellate Lawyers

Indianapolis American Inns of Court, Founding Member, Master of the Bench

Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations

Legal Advisory Committee to the Indiana Legal Foundation

Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Committee on Membership & Programs, Indiana Chair

Indiana State Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Former Chair, 1999-2001, Executive Committee Member, 1991-2001

Surety Claims Institute

The Lawyers Club

Fidelity Law Association

IU School of Law – Indianapolis, Board of Directors, President 1992-1994

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Alumni Association, Past President, 1992-1994

St. Elizabeth’s Home, Board Member, 1990-1995

Cathedral Arts Midsummer Festival

Firm Committees

Julia serves on the following committee at Frost Brown Todd:

Strategic Planning Committee, Member