Julie Arias Young

Julie Arias Young specializes in the representation of employers in all aspects of employment law, including harassment and discrimination litigation (such as sex, disability, age, race, national origin, religion and sexual orientation), wrongful discharge, and contract litigation in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.  Ms. Young also advises and represents clients regarding Title IX issues, including representing colleges and universities during investigations by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, into complaints lodged by students regarding the handling of alleged sexual misconduct and/or sexual violence incidents, as well as representing universities in Title IX litigation.  Ms. Young also advises clients on day-to-day employment matters, including terminations, layoffs, harassment allegations and investigations, leave requests and wage and hour issues.  Ms. Young also has drafted numerous employee handbooks and other employment materials and has presented training for clients’ supervisory and non-supervisory personnel on such topics as sexual harassment, family and medical leaves, and general employment law issues.  Prior to forming YZB (and its predecessor BPDZY), Ms. Young practiced in the Employment Law Department of the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, exclusively representing employers in a broad range of legal matters.

Over her 23 year career, Ms. Young has developed substantial expertise in representing a wide array of employers, including world-renowned universities and cultural institutions, media and entertainment companies, national grocers, healthcare providers, law firms, and energy and infrastructure companies.  Ms. Young’s representative clients include Chapman University, Claremont University Consortium, J. Paul Getty Trust, Skirball Cultural Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, Trader Joe’s Company, University of Southern California, and Yale University.

For the twelfth consecutive year, Ms. Young recently was named a California Super Lawyer in the field of employment litigation, a designation awarded to the top 5% of California attorneys based on a survey of all California lawyers.  She is also named in Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers and AV rated by Martindale in the areas of employment law and litigation.

Ms. Young has written for a number of legal and personnel publications on leave laws, including the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.  For example, Ms. Young co-authored a chapter on the Family and Medical Leave Act for the Employment Law Desk Book for Human Resources Professionals, published by the West Group.  Ms. Young also co-authored an amicus curiae brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in the matter ofSwierkiewicz v. Sorema, N.A., a case involving claims of national origin and age discrimination.

Ms. Young received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990.  In 1993, she received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review.  Ms. Young also served as an extern to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in 1991.