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Julia N. Sarnoff

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3535
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Ms. Sarnoff is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team.  She represents clients in single plaintiff and class action lawsuits in federal and state courts, as well as in government compliance investigations and structured negotiations with disability rights organizations.

Ms. Sarnoff’s practice focuses on disability law and its impact on public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and corollary state non-discrimination statutes.  Her areas of expertise include architectural barriers, effective communication, service animals, and cutting-edge digital accessibility issues such as the accessibility of websites and self-service kiosks to individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  Ms. Sarnoff has successfully represented a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, including hotels, retailers, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, schools, technology companies, and health care providers in ADA Title III matters in various jurisdictions across the United States.  Ms. Sarnoff also advises clients throughout the country regarding ADA requirements and creating compliance policies and training programs.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Sarnoff worked as an associate in the Labor and Employment Department of an international law firm, where she represented clients in the full range of employment law matters, from traditional labor to single plaintiff and class-based wage/hour, discrimination, harassment, and non-competes/restrictive covenants.

Ms. Sarnoff is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the firm’s ADA Title III Specialty Practice Team.  She represents clients in single plaintiff and class action lawsuits in federal and state courts, as well as in government compliance investigations and structured negotiations with disability rights organizations.

Ms. Sarnoff’s practice focuses on disability law and its impact on public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and corollary state non-discrimination statutes.  Her areas of expertise include architectural barriers, effective communication, service animals, and cutting-edge digital accessibility issues such as the accessibility of websites and self-service kiosks to individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  Ms. Sarnoff has successfully represented a broad range of Fortune 500 companies, including hotels, retailers, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, schools, technology companies, and health care providers in ADA Title III matters in various jurisdictions across the United States.  Ms. Sarnoff also advises clients throughout the country regarding ADA requirements and creating compliance policies and training programs.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Sarnoff worked as an associate in the Labor and Employment Department of an international law firm, where she represented clients in the full range of employment law matters, from traditional labor to single plaintiff and class-based wage/hour, discrimination, harassment, and non-competes/restrictive covenants.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University (2012)

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, with honors (2007)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Don’t Be the Next Victim of a Website Accessibility Lawsuit,” presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 6, 2018)
  • Speaker, "ADA Compliance for Real Estate Owners and Operators: Avoiding and Responding to Drive-By Claims and Enforcement Actions," Strafford (July 26, 2018)
  • Speaker, “ADA & Business Today,” Mid-Atlantic ADA Update Conference, presented by Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (September 15, 2017)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Defendants Fighting Website Accessibility Cases Face An Uphill Battle In 2018,” ADA Title III News and Insights, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 19, 2018)
  • Co-Author, "Websites, Kiosks, and Other Self-Service Equipment in Franchising: Legal Pitfalls Posed by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act," Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Winter 2017)