Julie Halaby focuses her practice on addressing the legal needs of employers, business owners and individual professionals, providing ongoing counsel and support with employment and business-related matters. Whether this involves preparing contracts, responding to events in the workplace, setting up an LLC or corporation, initiating or responding to a lawsuit, or other issues affecting day-to-day business operations, Julie is committed to helping her clients succeed. Through her knowledge of the ever-changing employment and business related laws, exposure to a variety of industries, and her sensitive, solution-oriented approach, Julie is a valuable resource in the transactional context and where ongoing counsel is needed.
Julie began practicing law in Massachusetts in 1995, defending discrimination and wrongful termination cases for employers. She relocated to Denver, Colorado where she litigated employment, contract, tort, construction, workers’ compensation and insurance coverage disputes on behalf of large corporations, construction contractors and insurance carriers. She also negotiated and prepared employment agreements and commercial contracts, monitored industry-specific legislation for clients, and served as a lobbyist to the Colorado state legislature. Julie often provided "general counsel" kinds of services, giving ongoing advice on a variety of legal matters that affect day-to-day business operations, and served as a trusted advisor to company executives.
Julie returned to Massachusetts and in 2009, opened her own law practice in Cohasset. She and her husband Jon formed Halaby Law Group in 2010 and now practice in downtown Hingham. Julie enjoys acting in an “independent general counsel” capacity to companies who need ongoing support. She assists management and human resources professionals with delicate personnel matters including hiring practices, employee counseling and discipline, termination/layoffs, compensation/wage and hour questions, workplace injuries, accommodation of disabilities, return to work/modified duty, and investigating and responding to charges of unlawful employment practices. Julie helps employers prevent litigation by addressing these issues promptly, and by helping them maintain proper policies, documentation and training in these areas. She prepares employee handbooks and manuals, safety training, independent contractor agreements/consulting agreements, confidentiality/trade secret agreements, non-competes, severance agreements and other employment-related materials.
Julie also represents individual employees facing unlawful treatment at work, who need the assistance of a strong advocate to stand up to their employer. For example, where an individual has been deprived of wages or other compensation owed, Julie pursues the employer aggressively to see that these amounts are paid in accordance with the Massachusetts wage laws and other requirements. Where an individual has been the victim of discrimination, harassment, retaliation or other unlawful employment practice, Julie learns the details that are so critically important in these cases, so that her client's concerns can be effectively relayed to the employer and a proper remedy achieved, often through mediation or other out-of-court resolution.
Julie also devotes significant time to the negotiation of severance agreements on behalf of executives and professionals who have devoted many years to their line of work and are now facing important career transitions and/or retirement.
Beyond the employment arena, Julie assists business owners with selecting the appropriate entity (LLC, corporation, etc.) based on their unique needs and concerns. She then prepares and files all necessary documents including certificates with the Secretary of State, agreements among the business owners, and other documents needed for the business to be operating in compliance with Massachusetts law. Julie also prepares various industry-specific contracts for her clients relating to the delivery of professional services, confidentiality / non-disclosure, indemnity and insurance obligations, and the purchase and sale of products.
Julie A. Halaby, Esq.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, JD
University of New Hampshire, BA
Massachusetts state courts
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Colorado state courts
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
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