Julie Vanneman

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
  • 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 environmental and litigation matters. She assists clients with day-to-day environmental compliance concerns and provides enforcement defense counseling, particularly with solid waste and groundwater issues. Her extensive background in CERCLA matters includes serving as legal counsel for clients involved in remediation initiatives at complex Superfund sites as well as litigating cases through multiple phases, including discovery, allocation negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution. Julie’s litigation practice encompasses not only environmental matters, but also insurance coverage actions and other commercial and business disputes.

Part of Julie’s practice focuses on assisting clients with crisis management. This support for clients in emergent situations includes managing root cause investigations, conducting extensive internal investigations, ensuring evidence preservation, providing enforcement defense, managing claims, and preparing for litigation defense. As part of these efforts, she has represented clients subject to government investigations, such as counseling and defending a client subject to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

With a substantial background in helping clients facing complex technical challenges, Julie has developed an extensive skill set in working effectively with experts in a variety of contexts, whether they have been engaged in a crisis situation, tasked with helping to address ongoing operational challenges, or retained for litigation.

Julie’s previous litigation experiences have included representing a party seeking contribution in a CERCLA case involving more than 200 parties; representing a policyholder in an insurance coverage dispute involving multiple insurers and coverage over an extended period; obtaining dismissal on grounds of forum non conveniens of a suit against a foreign national in a case involving claims under RICO and various business torts; and representing a client defending contract and tort claims in state court, securing the dismissal of all tort claims under Pennsylvania’s “gist of the action” doctrine.


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.


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. Julie is also a member of the Environmental and Energy Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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


  • Presenter, “Emergency Response and Crisis Management: Legal & Practical Issues for In-House Counsel,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2018
  • Moderator, “Career Trajectories: Forging Your Own Path,” Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association, April 2018
  • Presenter, “Emergency Response and Crisis Management,” Cohen & Grigsby 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
  • Presenter, “Energy 101: The Legal Life-Cycle of the Marcellus Shale,” Cohen & Grigsby Academy, April 2016