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Julia R. Shackleton


Julia concentrates her practice in labor and employment, general liability, and professional liability in state and federal courts, and administrative agencies.  She represents employees and employers in a variety of litigation matters involving employment discrimination, retaliation and whistleblowers’ claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, and wage and hour disputes.  Julia also advises clients on restrictive covenants, employee handbooks, wage and hour laws, harassment and discrimination complaints, and employee termination issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Julia served as a Judicial Clerk for the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department, assisting the Providence County Business Calendar.

During law school, Julia was a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review and the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. As a member of the Moot Court Board, Julia competed in The Annual National Moot Court Competition.  She was a recipient of the CALI in Conflict of Laws and the Dean’s Achievement in Professional Responsibility Awards.

Representative Accomplishments

  • Assisted in successfully settling multidistrict litigation involving claims related to arbitrability, enforcement of non-compete agreement, and contract interpretation regarding royalty payments.
  • Obtained reversal of Preliminary Investigating Commissioner’s recommendation of probable cause finding on claims related to ADA discrimination and retaliation in the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights.
  • Obtained reversal of the Department of Labor and Training Director’s Decision denying unemployment benefits based on alleged misconduct.


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
  • Gettysburg College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department
  • Alexa, Amazon Assistant or Government Informant? 27 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 301 (2019)
  • Cloudy Over United States v. Microsoft, U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. Blog (April 4, 2018)