Julie Pace has significant experience counseling and representing businesses in a broad range of employment, litigation, construction, corporate, and government investigations, regulatory, and administrative matters. She prepares employment handbooks and policies, guides employers through difficult HR issues, she has handled more than 1,000 I-9 and E-Verify compliance investigations, and has defended employers in more than 1,000 OSHA, investigations, including more than 350 fatality cases. She has experience with independent contractors and alleged misclassification issues and defends claims of sexual harassment, employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, and wrongful discharge, and matters involving the EEOC, ACRD. OSHA, ICE, OFCCP, DOL, NLRB, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, WARN, PPA, CARES Act, SIGPR Audits, COVID-19, ACA, Davis-Bacon, wage and hour laws, FAR, SCA, and government contracts. She regularly provides training to companies and conducts investigations. Her corporate experience includes guiding businesses with corporate formalities, governance, and acquisitions, ranging from family businesses to nine-figure transactions. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named one of Arizona’s 10 most influential lawyers by Arizona Business Magazine.
Julie Pace has broad experience in a wide range of legal issues, as her large client base requests and relies on her skillful and tireless representation for employment, litigation, construction, corporate, government compliance, investigations, training, HR counseling and problem-solving, and much more.
Julie is a valuable resource for HR professionals who team with Julie to guide them through challenging employment and business issues, including performance management and discipline; anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training; policies; investigations; employee theft, fraud, disloyalty, or conflicts of interest; defense of wrongful termination and whistleblower claims; wage and hour claims; class actions; etc.
Julie has a legal practice that is national in scope in OSHA compliance, having handled more than 1,000 OSHA investigations in all regions of the country, including serious matters involving more than 350 fatalities. She proactively works with employers to draft and implement safety programs and policies, conduct training, and adopt best practices to reduce the risk of workplace injuries and to reduce the likelihood of OSHA citations. She is on call 24/7/365 to respond to workplace emergencies and accidents and to handle OSHA investigations whenever they arise. When citations are issued, she represents employers in resolving them, either through favorable negotiated terms or by defending against the citations during administrative proceedings and judicial appeals, if necessary. She has been working on fall protection issues since the fall protection standard went into effect in 1995 and has been tapped by OSHA to speak at national conferences on protecting Spanish-speaking workers.
Similarly, Julie has a multi-faceted approach to employer immigration compliance, including training HR personnel and supervisors in best practices, conducting audits of I-9s and E-Verify compliance, handling ICE investigations and audits, guiding employers through visa and work eligibility issues and proceedings, and defending against administrative and litigated employer immigration compliance disputes under federal and state laws. She coordinated the coalition of employer groups and led the litigation that challenged the constitutionality of the Arizona employer sanctions law in litigation that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. She was described by Arizona Business Magazine as the “go-to” lawyer for employer immigration compliance in Arizona.
Her experience includes handling matters involving the EEOC, ACRD, OSHA, ICE, OFCCP, DOL, NLRB, Davis-Bacon, FAR, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, ACA, WARN, wage and hour audits and issues, health care and benefits questions, employee grievances, arbitration, contract negotiations, elections, administrative hearings, and litigation in both union and non-union settings.
Her Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage practice includes counseling and training on state and federal prevailing wages and benefits requirements, coverage and applicability of prevailing wage laws, coverage exemptions, worker classification and pay issues, addressing wage determinations, wage surveys, and representation of employers before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and similar state agencies.
Julie is the presenter and narrator of an award-winning video called ”Respect at Work” that won a Telly award. She is the co-editor or primary author of three books on employment law. She has conducted national training programs for clients and industry groups.
She counsels employers on non-compete contracts, confidentiality agreements, employee discipline, drug testing, accommodation of disabled individuals, leaves of absence, workplace violence, safety policies, and other human resource policies and procedures. She also handles contract disputes, business torts, trade practices, and construction matters. She regularly prepares and reviews employee handbooks and safety manuals.
Julie serves in the role of an outside general counsel for numerous clients. She guides them through corporate governance and compliance, resolves internal and external challenges and disputes, and corporate sales and acquisitions ranging from small family businesses and generational transfers to large transactions.
She has represented companies in government contracting disputes and numerous commercial litigation matters involving contracts, construction, trade practices, financing, acquisitions, and other matters. She is known for creative, practical solutions to businesses’ legal challenges.
Julie regularly coordinates crisis response plans for clients to deal with workplace accidents, government investigations and other matters. She has been interviewed and quoted in news media across the nation, including ABA Journal, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, Associated Press, USA Today, L.A. Times, CBS News, FOX News, Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, Arizona television stations, Arizona Daily Star, The Tucson Citizen, HR Magazine, and many more.
Julie serves as an elected Council Member of the Town of Paradise Valley. She is a recipient of Arizona Business Magazine’s 2008 Centers of Influence Award, which recognized 10 leading attorneys in Arizona. Julie is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She was a sustaining member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals and is a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joe W. Contreras of the Arizona State Court of Appeals. Julie is a fourth-generation Arizonan.
- Arizona, 1992
- Supreme Court of Arizona, 1992
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1992
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 2012
Education & Honors
- Arizona State University (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
- Arizona State Law Journal, Symposium and Articles Editor
- Best Comment Award, Arizona State Law Journal
- Arizona State University (B.S. magna cum laude, 1983)
- Hon. Joe W. Contreras, Arizona Court of Appeals, 1992-93
- Legal extern, Hon. Robert C. Broomfield, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 1990
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment Law
- AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- “Centers of Influence Award” as one of the 10 most influential lawyers in Arizona, by Arizona Business Magazine, 2008
- American Institute of Architects, Rio Salado Community Vision Award, 1994
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit of Unity Award, 1994
- Mesa’s Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award, 1993
- Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
What Employers Need to Know About Immigration Law, I-9s, and E-Verify
Update on New and Proposed State and Federal Laws and Interpretations
Million Dollar Mistakes: Top DOL Wage and Hour Cases and What You Can Learn from Them
DOL’s New Guidance on Independent Contractors
Interplay of ADA, FMLA, Workers’ Compensation and Paid Leave Laws
Conducting Compliance Audits: Wage and Hour, I-9s, OSHA Safety, and COVID-19
Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policies in the Age of Medical and Recreational Marijuana
Responding to an EEO Charge
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Wage & Hour, and New Federal Legislation
Co-editor-in-chief, Arizona Human Resources Manual Federal Employment Law: An Employer’s Guide, third through 18th editions, a 600+ page book published by American Chamber of Commerce Publishers, Chicago.
Co-editor-in-chief, Model Policies and Forms for Arizona Employers, a book published by American Chamber of Commerce Publishers, Chicago.
Co-editor-in-chief, I-9s, E-Verify and Immigration Compliance, a book published by American Chamber of Commerce Publishers, Chicago.
Editor and contributor, Arizona Employment Law, published by the State Bar of Arizona.
Co-Author, Placing SB 1070 and Racial Profiling into Context, and What S.B. 1070 Reveals about the Legislative Process in Arizona, Arizona State Law Journal, Summer 2011, Vol. 43, Issue 2.
Co-Contributor, Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country, 2010.
Enforcement of Tribal Law in Federal Court: Affirmation of Indian Sovereignty or a Step Backwards Towards Assimilation? Arizona State Law Journal 24 (Spring 1992)
Co-editor, Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Arizona State Law Journal (24 Spring 1992)