Julie Vanneman

Director
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 4th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., with distinction, American Studies, Stanford University, 1991

Julie counsels and represents clients in a range of litigation and environmental matters. Her practice focuses on CERCLA cost recovery actions, insurance coverage disputes, and various contract and business tort disputes.

Julie has represented clients in a number of Superfund cases. Her state court practice has included work at both the trial and appellate court levels.

Areas of Concentration

Environmental Law and Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Represented client in complex, multi-party CERCLA action through multiple phases, including investigation and extensive discovery, legal research and briefing, and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Conducted legal research and analysis and provided litigation support to clients in CERCLA matters in active litigation through the appellate level, and in negotiations outside of formal litigation
  • Represented policyholder in insurance coverage dispute involving multiple insurers and coverage over an extended period

Commercial Litigation and Business Matters

  • Obtained dismissal on grounds of forum non conveniens of suit against foreign national in case in federal court involving claims under RICO and various business torts
  • Represented client defending contract and tort claims in state court, securing the dismissal of all tort claims under Pennsylvania’s “gist of the action” doctrine
  • Served as member of a team of local counsel for state court injunction hearing to determine rights and obligations under a gas drilling lease
  • Provided legal research, analysis, and advice to clients on various topics, including contractual disputes and potential products liability risks

Experience

While attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Julie was a legal writing teaching assistant and research assistant for Professor Teresa Kissane Brostoff and served as the Senior Topics Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Prior to law school, Julie was a freelance writer and nonprofit program administrator.

Memberships

Julie is currently serving a three-year term on the Council for the Allegheny County Bar Association Women in the Law Division and is co-chair of that Division’s Education and Programming Committee.

Honors and Achievements

  • David Stahl Memorial Award for highest grade average in graduating class at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Scribes Award for best Law Review Note

Speaking

  • Presenter, “Emergency Response & Crisis Management,” C&G Academy, November 2017
  • Panelist, “Navigating a Return to Work: Surviving and Thriving Following Maternity (and other) Leave,” Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association, October 2017