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Julie M. Koerner

Julie Koerner is a partner at OKGC and has been with the firm since 2004. Julie handles litigation in both federal and state courts, with a primary emphasis in the defense of matters brought against public entities, including §1983 police liability and personal injury suits.

Having been engaged in the practice of law for twenty-five years, Julie has extensive trial experience and has taken to verdict over thirty civil matters with favorable outcomes for her clients in over 80% of these cases. Additionally, Julie has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has frequently obtained favorable rulings for her clients on dispositive motions.

Outside of the office, Julie is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, having worked on and performed in the CBA’s annual Christmas Spirits production, and is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. Julie recently assisted in a CLE presentation regarding recent updates in the Illinois Eavesdropping Act.

Areas of Focus

  • §1983 Civil Rights Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1987

Representative Cases

  • Stainback v. Dixon, 569 F.3d 767 (7th Cir. 2009)—Seventh Circuit upheld grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant police officers in §1983 excessive force suit.
  • Chandler v. Montgomery, Northern District, Illinois—Jury verdict in favor of defendant police officers in §1983 excessive force suit.
  • Williams v. Southern Illinois Riverboat/Casino Cruises, Inc., Southern District, Illinois—Jury verdict in favor of defendant police officer in §1983 excessive force suit.

Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar)
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (General Bar and Trial Bar)
  • Illinois