Atlanta area attorney Julie Liberman represents businesses and individuals in a variety of real estate, business, and employment disputes. She assists all clients with resolving legal disputes in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Julie is proactive in utilizing alternative dispute resolution and routinely resolves disputes before they escalate into full-scale litigation. When litigation is inevitable, Julie provides a tough, ethical and balanced approach to advocacy.
Julie's well-established real estate practice includes an emphasis on disputes involving community associations (homeowners associations and condominium associations). She has been in the unique position to represent parties on both sides of these disputes in different matters, typically as the parties seek to interpret and enforce restrictive covenants and other governing documents that apply to their property. Julie has successfully argued cases in this practice area at the Georgia Court of Appeals, and has published articles of interest in this practice area.
In the areas of commercial and employment law, Julie offers a wide range of legal services, including a focus on interpretation and litigation of non-competition clauses.
Julie began her legal career with the Atlanta Regional Office of the United States Department of Labor, where she was a trial attorney and the three time recipient of the Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award. Her work included litigating cases on behalf of the Secretary of Labor, who stands in the shoes of aggrieved employees in disputes with employers under federal employment laws including the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and federal nondiscrimination laws. Julie worked on large-scale litigation of matters involving issues such as work-place fatalities, mismanagement and misappropriation of employee retirement benefit funds, failure to pay minimum wage and over-time, and discrimination in the workplace.
She also represented the Department in disputes with its own employees under federal employment statutes, and she thus gained direct experience of the management perspective as well as the employees’ perspective. Working on both sides of the same types of disputes from the inception of her career has contributed to the well-balanced approach Julie takes every day to an analysis of litigation matters.
Julie's insight into Georgia trial and appellate work is also drawn from her service as a staff attorney at the Georgia Court of Appeals. Of all her legal experience, she recounts that this was one of the most formative, because she gained invaluable insight into the process and method of analysis that occurs when appeals from rulings in Georgia’s superior courts are decided:
In law school, students are taught to advocate both sides of a dispute. At the Georgia Court of Appeals, I became a student of what is beyond advocacy: the best answer to every legal problem. Consequently, with every client and with every legal problem or dilemma, I strive to find that best answer and to guide my clients toward their goals with that perspective.
Julie has partnered with numerous clients to protect their interests through litigation and favorable settlements. Her efforts have resulted in precedent-setting decisions by the Georgia Court of Appeals. Read more about her clients' successes.
"What Duty of Care Does a Homeowners Association Owe its Members?" Georgia Bar Journal, December 2016.
"The Limits of S-D RIRA, LLC v. Outback Prop. Owners' Ass'n, or An End To Shoehorning Covenant Violations," State Bar of Georgia Real Property Section Newsletter, Winter 2016.
"Litigating Attorneys' Fees," Georgia Commons, 2013.