JBergerWhiteJuliet Berger-White

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Juliet Berger-White is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She joined the firm in 2001.  She represents clients in complex litigation matters with a concentration in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, class actions, educational equity, labor and employment, and whistleblower litigation. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Berger-White advises individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations on a range of employment issues, including employment and severance agreements and employment policies and manuals.

Ms. Berger-White is the co-chair of the Quality Jobs Council for Women Employed, which seeks to improve workplace conditions for low-wage workers.  In addition, she is the founder of Gender Inclusive Schools, a working group comprised of lawyers, educators, parents, and advocates focused on the improvement of educational policies and practices for transgender and gender expansive students.  In collaboration with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Ms. Berger-White helped draft a model school policy for inclusion of transgender and gender expansive students. Ms. Berger-White also founded and chairs the HSPRD’s Women’s Committee.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Ms. Berger-White served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. During law school, Ms. Berger-White worked at the Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly AIDS Legal Council of Chicago) and the Bluhm Legal Clinic. She also traveled to Tanzania to conduct research on the country’s juvenile justice system.

EDUCATION

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1999)

    • cum laude
    • — Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

  • University of Wisconsin (B.S. 1995)

    • — with distinction

  • American University of Paris (1994)

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

  • Clerkship with the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (1999-2001)

ADMISSIONS

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois (1999)

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

  • U.S. District Court of the Western District of Louisiana

  • U.S. District Court for South Dakota

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS

LEGAL

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association

  • Member, Women’s  Bar Association of Illinois

  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

  • Member, American Constitution Society

  • Member, Taxpayers Against Fraud

CIVIC/COMMUNITY

  •  Co-Chair, Women Employed, Quality Jobs Council. 

  •  Founder & Chair, Gender Inclusive Schools, a working group comprised of lawyers, educators, parents, and advocates focused on the improvement of educational policies and practices for transgender and gender expansive students.  

  •  Chair, JRC’s Gender Inclusion Task Force 

  •  Volunteer, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance 

  •  Volunteer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 

  • Volunteer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary & Fine Arts School, Diversity & Inclusion Committee 

SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Ethical and Best Practice Issues When Representing Whistleblowers in FCA Cases, presentation at University of Illinois College of Law Class on Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (Apr. 21, 2017).

  • Best Practices in Providing Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Expansive Patients, presentation to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (March 20, 2017). 

  • Whistleblowing and the False Claims Act, co-presenter at Northwestern University School of Law (March 13, 2017).

  • Supporting Transgender Students in D100, presentation at Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), and Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO) (Nov. 19, 2016).

  • Hospice and Nursing Home Fraud, panel discussion at Taxpayers Against Fraud Annual Conference (Sept. 16, 2016).

  • Engage for Change: Get Informed, Involved and Connected, presentation at DePaul University’s School for New Learning (Apr. 20, 2016).

  • Ethical and Best Practice Issues When Representing Whistleblowers in FCA Cases, presentation at University of Illinois College of Law Class on Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (Apr. 15, 2016).

  • Introduction to Employment Laws Covering Workplace Conduct, presentation at client training (Feb. 2016).

  • Introduction to Supervisory Responsibility Regarding Employment Laws, presentation at client training (Feb. 2016).

  • Women in Public Interest, panel discussion at the University of Chicago Law School (Feb. 1, 2016).

  • Whistleblowing in the United States, presentation to students from Universite de Cergy-Pontoise (June 22, 2015).

  • Ethical and Best Practice Issues when Representing Whistleblowers in FCA Cases, presentation at the University of Illinois College of Law Class on Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (Mar. 13, 2015).

  • The False Claims Act: An Introduction to Representation of Whistleblowers, presentation to the West Suburban Bar Association (Mar. 9, 2015).

  • The False Claims Act: Combating Fraud on the Government, presentation in Collaboration with the American Constitution Society (Nov. 11, 2014).

  • Ethical and Best Practice Issues When Representing Whistleblowers in FCA Cases, presentation at University of Illinois College of Law Class on Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (Apr. 24, 2014).

  • New Lawyer Tool Kit: Work-Life Balance, panel discussion at Chicago Bar Association’s Basic Skills Training (Nov. 30, 2012).


Personal PAC v. McGuffage. In a First Amendment challenge filed on behalf of Personal PAC and two of its supporters, HSPRD obtained a permanent injunction, barring the enforcement of portions of Illinois’s campaign finance law.

Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation’s largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.

Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.

Represented a school district employee fired after exercising his First Amendment right to support the candidate of his choice in local school board elections. The verdict in this case was one of the highest ever in a single plaintiff civil rights action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Represented individual who had been discriminated against under Title VII by an employer who refused to hire her based on her caregiving responsibilities, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Represented a municipal employee fired after exercising his First Amendment right to support the candidate of his choice in the local elections, which resulted in a favorable settlement.

Represented a large restaurant chain in a class sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which resulted in a favorable resolution.

Represented a class of juveniles who challenged a juvenile detention center’s policy of strip searching juveniles brought to the center without regard to individualized considerations, such as the individual’s circumstances, the alleged offense, or whether individualized suspicion exists to believe that the juvenile is carrying or concealing weapons or contraband. Resulted in a favorable settlement.