Julie A. Johnson (formerly Neubauer) dedicates her practice to issues of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, domestic violence/orders of protection, child support, post-judgment litigation, adoption, parentage and all other related matters.

She is engaged in all aspects of the practice, including preparing prenuptial agreements, drafting pleadings, handling pre-trial motions, engaging in settlement negotiations, conducting discovery analysis, and handling trials and appeals.

Julie prefers a client conscious approach to her practice. Divorce and child-related disputes are oftentimes of crisis. She quickly finds the material issues and works to resolve them in a thorough and expeditious manner. Her goals are always to produce a favorable and equitable outcome, and to promote safety and stability in the lives of her clients and their children.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Through both negotiation and litigation, Julie has achieved extraordinary outcomes. This includes:

  • Multiple shared parenting agreements whereby the support and care giving responsibilities are more equally shared between parents post-dissolution

  • Reservations of child support when parenting time and incomes of parties were comparable

  • Sole legal custody and restricted parenting time for a mother of a teenager who was verbally and emotionally abused by father

  • Secured residential custody for a father of a teenage daughter to protect her from an alcoholic and abusive mother

  • Multiple permanent and extended review periods for maintenance awards that allow the lesser-earning spouse sufficient cash flow allowing the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage to continue

  • Prevented the attempt by a never-married mother to abscond with children to another state without notice to substantially involved father

  • Assisted victim of long-term domestic violence escape from her husband, with her infant child from another state

  • Secured numerous Orders of Protection, emergency and plenary, protecting victims of domestic abuse

  • Successfully defended against numerous Orders of Protection wrongfully obtained as strategic maneuvers in attempt to gain advantage in custody disputes.

APPELLATE CASES

Significant published appellate cases Julie has handled include:

  • In re Marriage of Micheli, 2014 IL App (2d) 121245. Counsel for the wife. After trial in the Circuit Court of Lake County, both parties appealed. The Appellate Court held that: (1) an uncapped bonus maintenance award was an abuse of discretion; (2) seven-year maintenance award was not an abuse of discretion; (3) award of 100% of husband's unvested stock options and restricted stock units was an abuse of discretion; and (4) requiring the husband to pay $10,000 of wife's attorney fees was not an abuse of discretion.

  • In re Marriage of Branit, 2015 IL App (1st) 141297, reh'g denied (Oct. 15, 2015), appeal denied (Jan. 20, 2016). Counsel for the former wife. Former wife appealed the order of the Circuit Court of Cook County to discharge three citations to discover assets to the custodian and trustee of a non-spousal inherited individual retirement account (inherited IRA) belonging to the former husband issued to collect judgments for unpaid college expenses for the parties’ child and attorney fees. The Appellate Court held that the funds in inherited IRAs are not exempt as retirement plans under Illinois law and are available for collection by judgment creditors.

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

Julie speaks and writes on a variety of topics relating to divorce, family law and domestic violence. With a unique combination of advocacy and legal experience, she frequently participates in cross-discipline events. Julie is a regular contributor to the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women & the Law newsletter, The Catalyst, as well as other publications.

  • Moderator, Discussion With Lawyer and Filmmaker Sharon Rowan Following the Private Screening of Her Documentary Feature Film, “Balancing the Scales,” a program presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Women & the Law and The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, May 11, 2017.
  • Presenter, “Drugs & Fitness to Parent,” “DCFS & Parenting” and “Child Support,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Table Clinic Series, Session 4, Chicago, March 2, 2017.

  • Presenter, “Demonstrative Exhibits & Summaries at Trial Party Depositions” and “Motion for Finding,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Table Clinic Series, Session 3, Chicago, January 26, 2017.

  • Presenter, “Party Depositions,” “Subpoena In/Out of State,” and “Admissions Offered Prior to Trial,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Table Clinic Series, Session 2, Chicago, November 17, 2016.

  • Presenter, "Declaratory Judgment," Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Table Clinic Series, Session 1, Chicago, September 15, 2016.

  • Author, "Back After Baby," Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the Law newsletter, The Catalyst, Oct. 2015, Vol. 21, No. 2

  • Author, "Why Celebrate Women In The Profession?" Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the Law newsletter, The Catalyst, Feb. 2014, Vol. 19, No. 4

  • Interview Subject, "Getting to Know Madame Vice Chair: An Interview With Julie Neubauer," Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the Law newsletter, The Catalyst, July 2015, Vol. 21, No. 1

  • Program Coordinator, "Because You're Worth It! Achieving Advancement & Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession," Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Woman and the Law CLE event, Chicago, May 7, 2015

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Julie was named a member of Aronberg Goldgehn in January 2017. When she joined the firm as an associate in July 2009, she brought a decade of experience, both from her prior career as an advocate and counselor for survivors of domestic violence and as a practicing attorney.

In May 2017, Julie was presented with the Alta May Hulett Award by the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women. Named for the first woman lawyer in Illinois, the award honors one outstanding woman lawyer who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics and excellence.

In 2018, she was named a Leading Lawyer in Family and Appellate Law, a designation awarded to less than 5 percent of Illinois attorneys. From 2015-2017, Illinois Leading Lawyers recognized her annually as an Emerging Lawyer in Family Law. She has also been named a Rising Star in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

Julie received the Illinois State Bar Association's Presidential Commendation Award in 2006 for her efforts to secure a unanimous Assembly vote in favor of pro bono reporting, which influenced the Illinois Supreme Court to add Rule 756(f). She was honored by the Illinois Women’s Bar Foundation with its Public Interest Scholarship for 2006-07, an award granted to only two female law students in the state that year. In addition, upon graduation from law school, she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award.

Julie serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Prairie Food Co-Op and is active with the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council.



Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007

University of Iowa, B.A., Sociology and Religion (double major), 1999



BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois, 2007

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Board of Governors (current)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Chair (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women in the Law, Council Member (since 2007)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Leadership Council, Member (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section, Council Member (since 2016)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Member (since 2016)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Rules Committee Member (since 2016)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Member (since 2015)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Member (2008-2013)
  • NIU/COL Alumni Council (2013-2016)
  • NIU/COL Class Agent (2012-2015)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Member (2009-2011; 2013-2016)
  • American Bar Association, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, Law Student Division Liaison (2006-2007)


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's Alta May Hulett Award (2017)
  • Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the Areas of Family and Appellate Law (2018)
  • Recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Named a Rising Star in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers (2009-2013, 2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Presidential Commendation Award (2006)
  • Illinois Women's Bar Foundation Public Interest Scholarship (2006-2007)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award (2007)

PERSONAL

What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? I would open a restaurant or small resort on a quiet lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
What is one item on your bucket list? To write a book that people actually want to read.