Julia S. Acken

Julia S. Acken Member

P: 602.262.5950
F: 602.495.2664
L: Phoenix

Ms. Acken focuses her practice in labor and employment law. She has defended numerous companies in gender, race and disability discrimination cases in state and federal court. Ms. Acken also has wide-ranging experience representing both public and private entities in EEOC claims, wage payment/overtime, wrongful termination, Davis-Bacon, and state and federal leave issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Acken was in-house employment counsel to a large international company. In that capacity, she partnered with the Human Resources to draft and implement employment policies, assist with union labor negotiations and issues, resolve employee relations issues, manage civil and administrative employment and labor claims, revise the employment handbook and draft multi-state agenda, audit the I-9 process and draft multiple job descriptions based upon state and federal wage laws. She also trained both management and non-managerial employees on employment law compliance issues.

Areas of Focus

  • Employment
  • Labor Relations
  • Adoptions
  • Discimination

Labor and Employment

  • Respond to EEOC and ACRD charges of discrimination on behalf of employers, including investigating and drafting position statements. 

  • Respond to unfair labor practice charges on behalf of employer, including investigating, responding to Board requests, drafting position statement, and attending Board interviews. 

  • Attend mediations on behalf of employers and draft and revise subsequent severance and release agreements. 

  • Draft employment handbooks and associated policies, including paid sick time policies.

  • Provide sexual harassment and gender sensitivity training to employees.


  • Draft and revise petitions to adopt in a variety of adoptions, including foreign re-adoptions, ICWA qualifying adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and direct-placement adoptions. 

  • Represent prospective adoptive parents at final adoption hearings.

  • Advise prospective adoptive parents with respect to associated legal issues, including terminating parental rights, obtaining parental consents, immigration requirements, and vital records.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona
    Member, Employment Law Section

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona

Court Admission

  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2002
  • Arizona Federal Courts, 2002


  • J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2002
  • B.A., Indiana University, 1999