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, litigation from opening petition through trials, settlement negotiations 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 equitably shared between parents post-dissolution

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

  • Restricted parenting time when domestic violence occured during relationship

  • Restricted parenting time when substance abuse threatens safety of children

  • 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

  • Multiple relocation matters when one spouse moves outside of Illinois

  • Assisted victims of long-term domestic violence escape safely with financial security

  • 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 also frequently participates in cross-discipline events.

Presentations

  • "The Connection Between Discrimination and Women’s Vulnerability” at the International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference, June 13, 2019.

  • Discussion Moderator 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.

  • “Drugs & Fitness to Parent,” “DCFS & Parenting” and “Child Support,” Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Table Clinic Series, Session 4, March 2, 2017.

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

  • “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, Nov. 17, 2016.

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

  • 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

Publications

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

  • "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

  • "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

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Julie joined the firm in July 2009 and was named a member of Aronberg Goldgehn in January 2017. 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 received the Alta May Hulet Award from the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women. In honor of the first licensed female attorney, the award honors one outstanding woman lawyer annually for significant contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics and excellence.

She has been named a Leading Lawyer in Family Law for both Litigation and Appellate practice since 2018. From 2015, she was recognized by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer. She has also been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2018, having been previously honored as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Family Law since 2008.

While a law student, Julie received a Presidential Commendation from the Illinois State Bar Association for her work securing unanimous Assembly support in favor of pro bono reporting, which influenced the addition of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(f). That same year, Julie was selected by the Women’s Bar Foundation to receive their Public Interest Scholarship, an award granted to only two law students in the state that year. Upon graduation, Julie received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award.

LEADERSHIP ROLES

  • Elected Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, Member (2017-2020; 2020-2023)
  • DuPage County Bar Association Appellate Section, Chair (2020)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Membership Committee (2019-2020)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women and the Law (2007-2017; Chair, 2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Leadership Council, Member (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, Member (2016-2018)
  • NIU College of Law Alumni Council (2013-2016)
  • Prairie Food Co-Op Board of Directors (2014-2016)

RELATED NEWS



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, (2017-2020; 2020-2023)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Women and the Law, (Council Member, 2007-2017; Chair, 2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association , Diversity Leadership Council Member (2016-2017)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section, Council Member (2016-2018)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Member (since 2016); Rules Committee Member (since 2016)
  • DuPage County Bar Association Appellate Section, Chair (2020)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Membership Committee (2019-2020)
  • Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Member (2008-2013)
  • NIU College of Law, Alumni Council Member (2013-2016); Class Agent (2012-2015)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly Member (2009-2011; 2013-2016)
  • American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Law Student Division Liaison (2006-2007)


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • Illinois Super Lawyer in Family Law (2019-2020)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer in the Areas of Family and Appellate Law (2018-2020)
  • Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's Alta May Hulett Award (2017)
  • Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers (2015-2017)
  • 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's 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.