Julie A. Trout

Associate
Julie has spent her entire life working to understand different perspectives to avoid and resolve problems. The middle of five siblings, Julie began developing her analysis and persuasion skills at a young age to quickly assess and resolve issues that arose between her highly competitive brothers and sister.

Julie’s love of learning led her to law school after gaining valuable practical experience serving as a supervisor for several years for a Fortune 500 company. This experience allows Julie to understand first-hand the challenges that can face an employer on a daily basis. Given her personal experience working with both customers and employees, Julie finds helping clients comply with the full range of labor and employment laws very fulfilling. Julie enjoys helping clients prevent problems by providing proactive advice on various topics, including complicated leave management or reasonable accommodation issues, wage/hour compliance, performance management and corrective action. In addition to this advice, Julie represents employers when discrimination charges arise, including before the EEOC, the NLRB, and state fair employment practice agencies.

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

While she was not born with the last name of Trout, Julie has spent a considerable portion of her life in the water as a competitive swimmer. She began competing at the age of six, and went on to swim as a member of a three-time state champion swim team at Hawken School, which she captained her senior year. Julie also served as the swim team captain at Grove City College, where she earned a degree in International Business and studied French and Spanish. Julie and her husband, Jon, find great joy in their three young children. They are quite busy with chasing after them and answering the thousands of (often humorous) questions that come from the children of an attorney and engineer.
Education
  • Grove City College, B.S., magna cum laude, 2004
  • The University of Akron School of Law, The University of Akron, J.D., summa cum laude, 2011
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Professional Activities and Recognition
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Akron Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section
Publications and Presentations
  • Labor & Employment Issues in the Fire Service, State Auditor’s Local Government Conference, March 2019
  • Creating and Maintaining a Professional, Harassment-Free Workplace, O’Neill Group Lunch & Learn Workshop Series, January 2018
  • Peace, Love and Harmony Even in a Collective Bargaining Environment, Ohio SHRM Conference, September 2017
  • Handling Essential Municipal Employment Concerns, paper and presentation to National Business Institute CLE Seminar, February 2017
  • FLSA “White Collar” Exemptions, Ohio SHRM Conference, CLE Presentation, September 2015
  • Wage & Hour Law, CLE Presentation, December 2012
  • EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Arrest Records, CLE Presentation, September 2012
Civic/Charitable Activities and Associations
  • The New OSHA: Increased Fines, Drug Testing & Workplace Violence, Rise & Learn, October 2016
  • How to Conduct Internal Investigations, Rise & Learn, February 2016
  • EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Arrest Records, KWW Annual Client Seminar, November 2012
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