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Julie A. Proscia



Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Eastern Illinois University, M.A., European History

Eastern Illinois University, B.A., cum laude



Julie provides labor and employment counsel that is outcome based. Before giving advice, she asks her clients what they want or need as the outcome to their matter; then skillfully crafts a pragmatic, business-centric solution to the issue.

Julie actively navigates employers of all shapes and sizes through the legal pitfalls of the employment relationship from its inception at recruitment and hiring through the implementation of policies and procedures, and the conclusion of the relationship with the termination/separation process. When litigation becomes necessary, Julie aggressively advocates for clients in the areas of traditional labor and employment law, including but not limited to discrimination/retaliation cases, non-competition/non-solicitation enforcement, wage and hour litigation, and employment and labor arbitrations.

Julie represents many public sector/municipal employers in traditional labor and employment issues. Most commonly, Julie represents municipalities in labor disputes, including negotiations, grievances, ULP defense, and arbitration. Her impressive legal practice includes representing both public and private sector employers in federal, state and administrative venues. These venues include a trial practice in federal and state court, as well as at the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor.

Finally, in addition to, and in concert with, her labor and employment practice, Julie assists a substantial number of not-for-profits with both their traditional employment issues, as well as the issues that arise before 501(c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations. Julie’s not-for-profit practice includes training in board policies, procedures, and development, as well as counseling a defense.

In 2012, Julie was honored as one of the 40 Attorneys Under 40 in the State of Illinois to Watch by Chicago Lawyer magazine. At the time, she was described by a client as, “honest, bright, creative, diligent and aggressive.” Another client stated, “Julie has never failed to give me exceptional assistance.” SmithAmundsen leadership and Julie’s labor and employment team members echo these sentiments.

Julie is well respected by her peers in the legal, business and service communities. She is often asked to speak on trending topics in the labor and employment arena by clients and educational providers around the country. The articles she pens are regularly broadcast to more than 20,000 people across the Midwest by various educational providers and associations. Additionally, Julie sits on the Board of Directors for the Fox Valley United Way as well as the YWCA.

Prior to joining SmithAmundsen, Julie practiced at a Midwest-based boutique labor and employment law firm. Preceding that, Julie worked in the Human Resources Department of Northern Illinois University as the Assistant Director of Affirmative Action and Legal Compliance. In this role, she conducted numerous internal investigations, reviewed policies and procedures for legal compliance, and developed training programs aimed at preventing employment litigation and liability.


  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2015, 2016
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List: 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Recognized as "40 Illinois Attorney Under 40 to Watch" by the Law Bulletin in 2012
  • Received the Influential Women in Business Award from the Daily Herald Business Ledger in 2013
  • Selected to the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's "The List" in 2013
  • Selected by the Leading Lawyers Network as an “Emerging Lawyer” in employment law: management and labor law: management

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association; National Association of Women Business Owners Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Instructor; Northern Illinois University PHR-SHRM Certification; Dupage SHRM
  • Illinois Landscapers and Contractors Association (ILCA): Member; Panelist for ILCA Business Advisory Counsel; ILCA Women's Networking Group
  • Board of Directors and Legal Counsel: Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • General Counsel: National Association of Independent Insurance Auditors and Engineers
  • Business Advisory Member: Illinois Landscape and Contractor’s Association
  • Vice Chair: Fox Valley United Way
  • Board Member: YWCA Aurora
  • Advisory Board: Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry 


Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Administrative Eyecare Magazine.


  • Administrative Eyecare Magazine, May/June 2015
  • Adminstrative Eyecare Magazine, March/April 2015
  • Illinois Governor Signs Bill Creating Mandatory Retirement Program for Illinois Businesses
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, January 2015
  • Administrative Eyecare Magazine, January/February 2015
  • Chicago City Council Approves Minimum Wage Increase to $13.00 Per Hour
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, December 2014
  • The DOL’s Regulatory Agenda is Chalked Full with Changes
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, July 2014
  • If College Athletes Can Unionize, Who Else?
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, May 2014
  • Internal Controls in a Nonprofit Organization
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, April 2014
  • Liability Risks of Volunteers to Not-For-Profit Organizations
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, March 2014
  • New Laws for California
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, February 2014
  • Supreme Court Limits Who are Supervisors that can Hold Employers Vicariously Liable under Title VII
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, July 2013
  • Tips for Winning Unemployment Hearings
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, June 2013
  • Illinois Landscape Contractors Association's The Landscape Contractor, June 2013
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, June 2013
  • New Monthly Wage Requirements for Illinois
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, April 26, 2013
  • FMLA Service Member Requirements Expanded
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, February 2013
  • NLRB Recess Appointments Held Unconstitutional - NLRB Effectively Shut Down
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, January 2013
  • The United States Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Who is a Supervisor?
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, December 2012
  • To Pay or Not to Pay...That is the Question
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, November 2012
  • NLRB Strikes Again-Costco Social Media Policy
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, October 9, 2012
  • Make Sure A “It’s Just a Sprain” Doesn’t Turn Into Years of Free Health Care on the Company’s Dime – Tips on Actively Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, September 2012
  • Honest Suspicion - Continues to Defeat FMLA Claims and Reminds Employers—I DID IT
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, August 9, 2012
  • A Tip on Tips - the DOL’s Tip Credit Rule is Upheld by a Federal Court
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, July 2012
  • A Jury Duty Refresher and Warning
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, June 9, 2012
  • Refreshing Clarification from the California Supreme Court: Employers NOT On the Hook If Employees Work During Breaks
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, May 2012
  • Daily Herald, May 7, 2012
  • Just Your Monthly Reminder…Social Media is Where the Action Is At
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, April 2012
  • And The Hits Just Keep On Coming
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, March 2012
  • Recent Appointments Made at the NLRB
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, January 9, 2012
  • Holiday Parties May Boost Morale But Lawsuits Can be a Buzz Kill
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, December 2011
  • Illinois Guide to Hiring and Firing
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Commercial Background Checks: Are they more trouble then they are worth?
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, August 9, 2011
  • Historic Workers' Compensation Reform Legislation Signed into Law on June 28, 2011,
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, July 2011
  • EEOC Issues Final Regulations On ADAAA
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, June 2011
  • Changes at the New NLRB May Affect Your Business
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, April 2011
  • Facebook Protected By the NLRB?
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, February 2011
  • Federal Court Holds that (Most) FedEx Ground Drivers Are Independent Contractors
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, January 2011
  • How to Reduce Liability Under the FLSA
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, December 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision on Employee Texting
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, September 2010
  • How to Avoid Workplace Violence Issues
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, August 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision on Employee Texting
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce HR Advisory Blog, June 2010
  • Government Agencies to Crack Down on Misclassification of Independent Contractors
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, June 2010
  • The Political Landscape, May 31, 2010
  • Interviewing Tips - The DOs and DON'Ts on Questions
    Client Newsletter, May 2010
  • Furloughs May Save Money, But Also Pose Huge Wage and Hour Concerns
    Client Newsletter, April 2010
  • U.S. Department of Labor Adopts More Stringent OSHA Penalties
    Mueller & Co. Newsletter, April 2010

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