Julie is a commercial litigator, pursuing and defending primarily contract-based claims on behalf of her clients in the construction, real estate, health care, and financial services industries. While she enjoys all aspects of litigation, Julie appreciates the assessment and negotiation process the most, where she evaluates the precise contract language, analyzes the applicable law, and applies both to the facts to assess her client’s claims or defenses. This meaningful process utilized at the beginning of the engagement and throughout the case has saved clients precious time and resources, and provides a unique learning opportunity for future contracts.
Julie routinely represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in construction claim disputes, often involving bonds and lien enforcement. She handles all aspects of asset recovery for financial institutions, including foreclosures, claim and delivery, receiverships, and deficiency actions and post-judgment special proceedings. In this capacity, she commonly defends lender liability counterclaims. Julie is also experienced in handling quiet title actions for lenders and title insurance companies, as well as commercial lease disputes and transactional negotiations for landlords and property managers.
Within the health care industry, Julie represents health care professionals before occupational licensing boards. She also works with hospice and long-term care clients, advising them on specific contract and regulatory issues.
Julie serves on the firm’s Summer Clerk Committee and Associates Committee, and is committed to mentoring new hires and challenging her colleagues to maintain a dynamic workplace.
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Managed North Carolina delinquent account collection for national construction supplier.
Filed liens and bond claims on over 20 projects on behalf of financial institution who had first lien on accounts receivables of bankrupt debtor.
Defended limited liability company in action filed by departing member pertaining to valuation of membership interest.
Obtained judgment on behalf of bank in bankruptcy court adversary proceeding against a third party who purchased assets of the bankrupt debtor.
Frontier Leasing Corp. v. Hunt, 698 S.E.2d 202 (N.C. App. 2010) - successfully argued before NC Court of Appeals to affirm lower court’s ruling which gave full faith and credit to an equipment lessor’s Iowa judgment against a NC debtor.
Warren v. Coats (In re Coats), 435 B.R. 915 (Bankr. E.D.N.C. 2010) - obtained judgment awarding punitive damages to Bankruptcy Trustee against debtor.
Prior Legal ExperiencePrior to joining Poyner Spruill in 2004, Julie served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John M. Tyson of the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2002 to 2003 and to the Honorable I. Beverly Lake, Jr. of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 2003 to 2004.