People: Julie G. Yap, Associate

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Julie G. Yap

Associate

Sacramento
Direct: (916) 498-7025
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Julie Yap is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment department based in the Sacramento office. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and includes the defense of class and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment.  Ms. Yap also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. In addition, Ms. Yap litigates discrimination and harassment cases brought as single plaintiff claims under federal and state statutory laws.  She also handles matters involving trade secret, non-compete, unfair competition, and related business tort claims. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Yap was a Supreme Court Fellow in the Court’s Administrative Office of the United States Courts where she researched and drafted memoranda on proposed amendments to Federal Rules, as well as prepared reports on emerging issues that impacted and compelled review of possible rule changes in federal class actions.

Additionally, Ms. Yap was a career judicial clerk for the Honorable Frank C. Damrell, Jr., of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California, where she handled all aspects of civil litigation, including advising on case management, preparing draft memoranda and orders and bench memoranda in civil cases, and managing issues in jury trials, including evidentiary issues and jury instruction.  She also provided research and assistance to Judge Damrell with his work as a member of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Ms. Yap was also an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she lectured on complex civil litigation.

Ms. Yap is a Senior Editor of the California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, and she regularly blogs on legal developments related to California employment law at www.calpecs.com.  She is also a contributor to blogs addressing recent developments in complex discrimination litigation, class actions, and wage-and-hour law at www.wagehourlitigation.comand www.workplaceclassaction.com.

Julie Yap is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Labor & Employment department based in the Sacramento office. Her practice focuses on employment litigation and includes the defense of class and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment.  Ms. Yap also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. In addition, Ms. Yap litigates discrimination and harassment cases brought as single plaintiff claims under federal and state statutory laws.  She also handles matters involving trade secret, non-compete, unfair competition, and related business tort claims. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. Yap was a Supreme Court Fellow in the Court’s Administrative Office of the United States Courts where she researched and drafted memoranda on proposed amendments to Federal Rules, as well as prepared reports on emerging issues that impacted and compelled review of possible rule changes in federal class actions.

Additionally, Ms. Yap was a career judicial clerk for the Honorable Frank C. Damrell, Jr., of the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California, where she handled all aspects of civil litigation, including advising on case management, preparing draft memoranda and orders and bench memoranda in civil cases, and managing issues in jury trials, including evidentiary issues and jury instruction.  She also provided research and assistance to Judge Damrell with his work as a member of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Ms. Yap was also an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she lectured on complex civil litigation.

Ms. Yap is a Senior Editor of the California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, and she regularly blogs on legal developments related to California employment law at www.calpecs.com.  She is also a contributor to blogs addressing recent developments in complex discrimination litigation, class actions, and wage-and-hour law at www.wagehourlitigation.comand www.workplaceclassaction.com.

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law (2005)
    magna cum laude
    Editor, Fordham Law Review
    Order of the Coif
    Honors: Francis J. Mulderig National Scholar, Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, Public Service Student Award, Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, Legal Writing Award
  • B.A., Fordham University (2002)
    summa cum laude
    Fordham University Presidential Scholar, Honors in Classical Languages and Literature

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

Publications

  • Co-Author, “California Legislature Departs from Federal Law to Require Employers to Provide Even Truly Burdensome Accommodations for Religious Observances,” California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 6, 2013).
  • Co-Author, “What New Peculiarities California’s Democratic Supermajority May Have in Store for Employers in 2013,” California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 30, 2013).
  • Co-Author, “Adding Insult to Injury: California Legislature Defines ‘Suffering Injury’ for Labor Code Section 226 Wage Statement Violation,” California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 23, 2013).
  • Co-Author, “New Year, But Old Tactics: EEOC Iced in Arizona for Mixed Bag of Procedural and Substantive Failings,” The Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 16, 2013).
  • Co-Author, “Making California More Peculiar: CA Legislature Amends FEHA to Offer Still Greater Protection than Federal Law and Eliminates Fair Employment and Housing Commission,” California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 4, 2013).
  • Co-Author, “Final EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Approved: A New Vision Or Business As Usual?,” The Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 18, 2012), reprinted and referenced by the American Staffing Association and the Wall Street Journal Blog. 
  • Co-Author, “En Banc Ninth Circuit in the Ring to Confront the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers, but Appears Unwilling to Deliver the Knock-Out Punch,” Wage & Hour Litigation Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 16, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “And Then There Was One: Federal Court Rejects Plaintiffs' Declarations and Conditional Certification of FLSA Collective Action, and Then Dismisses All But One Named Plaintiff,” Wage & Hour Litigation Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 6, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Boys Will Be Boys: Court Refuses To Expand Liability For Off-Color Badgering And Horseplay Despite EEOC's Hardball Litigation,” The Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 2, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “California Court Attempts To Navigate Around AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, Holding A Class Action Waiver In An Employment Arbitration Agreement Is Unenforceable, On The Same Day The U.S. Supreme Court Rejects A Similar Attempt By The Oklahoma Supreme Court,” Wage and Hour Litigation Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 30, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “The EEOC's FY2012 Numbers Released: Commission Housecleaning Sets The Stage For A Focused And Aggressive 2013,” The Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 19, 2012)
  • Co-Author, "Birthday Blues: California District Court Holds That Requiring Date Of Birth On Job Applications May Be Grounds For Age Discrimination Claims," The Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 2012)
  • “Pay or Play?: Why Requiring Notice and an Opportunity to Cure in Claims for Money Damages Best Serves the Compliance Goals of Title IX,” Symposium, Marquette Sports Law Review (2012)
  • “The Need for Civics to Form a Civil Society,” Genesis, Vol. 49, Issue 30 (Spring 2012)
  • Note, “Just Keep Swimming: Guiding Environmental Stewardship Out of the Riptide of National Security,” Fordham Law Review, Vol. 73, Issue 1289 (2004)

 

Community Involvement

  • Operation Protect & Defend
  • Open Doors to Federal Courts