Julie Bauer is an experienced trial lawyer and a partner in the firm’s litigation department. She has tried cases before state, federal and bankruptcy courts and administrative agencies.
Ms. Bauer’s significant trials include:
Altria Group Inc. v. United States (S.D. N.Y. 2009): She represented plaintiff Altria Group Inc. in a jury trial seeking a refund of corporate income taxes. Altria argued it was entitled to certain deductions related to leveraged lease transactions of its subsidiary Philip Morris Capital Corporation.
United States v. Ryan (N.D. Ill. 2006): Ms. Bauer was a member of the team that defended former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan in his six-month jury trial on public corruption charges, including racketeering, mail fraud, and income tax fraud.
Price v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Madison County, Ill. 2003): Ms. Bauer represented Philip Morris USA in a consumer class action concerning the sale of “light” cigarettes that was tried to verdict in Madison County, Ill.
Auditorium Theatre Council v. Roosevelt University (Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill. 1998): Ms. Bauer represented the Auditorium Theatre Council in a dispute with Roosevelt University over the operation and control of the Adler and Sullivan-designed Auditorium Theatre and in particular, whether the university created a public trust of the theatre.
In addition, Ms. Bauer has handled a wide variety of complex commercial and class action litigation. She represented Caremark International Inc. in In re Caremark International Inc. Derivative Litigation, 698 A.2d 959 (Del Ch. Ct. 1996), which culminated in a significant decision on the scope of the duty of care owed by directors and officers to a company; Isquith v. Caremark International Inc., 136 F.3d 531 (7th Cir. 1998), in which the Seventh Circuit held that a stockholder who received shares in a spinoff could not state a claim under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and In re Caremark International Securities Litigation, No. 94 C 4751 (N.D. Ill.), a group of consolidated securities class action lawsuits brought by open market purchasers.
Ms. Bauer has also represented publishers, authors, and broadcasters in defamation, invasion of privacy, and right of publicity matters. She has spoken to the media on avoiding legal landmines and counsels them prior to publication on minimizing legal risks.
Ms. Bauer joined the firm in 1987 following a two-year clerkship with the Hon. Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Bauer was named by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Media & Entertainment Litigation in 2007-2012. She has been named as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network and as an Illinois Super Lawyer each year from 2005 to 2013, including as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2008 and 2013. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
In 2012, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association honored Ms. Bauer and a team of Winston & Strawn lawyers she supervised for Outstanding Work in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for their work on behalf of two families whose children were wrongly removed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women bestowed upon Ms. Bauer its Founder’s Award in 2009. Given annually, the award honors an outstanding woman attorney who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics, and excellence.
Ms. Bauer serves on the Board of Directors and as outside General Counsel of Landmarks Illinois, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and protecting architectural resources in Illinois.
Ms. Bauer is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution and has completed its 40-hour mediation skills training program.
Ms. Bauer currently serves as president of the 7th Circuit Bar Association. She previously served as a member of the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association and as co-chair of the CBA’s Alliance for Women. From 2001-2004, she was a member of the board of visitors of the University of Illinois College of Law.
Ms. Bauer received a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1982, where she was an Echols Scholar, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985, where she served as a member of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Ms. Bauer frequently presents on the corporate attorney-client privilege, including at the ISBA’s Legal Ethics in Corporate Law, 2010; PLI’s Internal Investigations 2008: Legal, Ethical & Strategic Issues program, 2008; and “Client Communications: The Attorney Client Privilege,” PLI’s Bridge-the-Gap: Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys, in 2007-2009 and 2011. She teaches regularly at trial advocacy programs and has led a seminar on historic preservation law.
Speeches and Publications