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Julie A. Bauer

Julie A. Bauer

Winston & Strawn LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Julie Bauer is an experienced trial lawyer and a partner in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. She has tried cases before state, federal district and bankruptcy courts and administrative agencies.

Ms. Bauer's significant trials include: Altria Group Inc. v. United States (S.D. N.Y. 2009), involving the validity of federal corporate income tax deductions related to leveraged lease transactions; United States v. Ryan,(N.D. Ill. 2006), the defense of former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan on public corruption charges; Price v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (Madison County, Ill. 2003), a consumer class action concerning the sale of “light” cigarettes; and Auditorium Theatre Council v. Roosevelt University (Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.1998), a dispute over the operation and control of the Adler and Sullivan-designed Auditorium Theatre and in particular, whether the university created a public trust of the theatre.

In addition, Ms. Bauerhas handled a wide variety of complex commercial and class action litigation.  She represented Caremark International Inc. in In re Caremark International Inc. Derivative Litigation, 698 A.2d 959 (Del Ch. Ct. 1996), which culminated in a significant decision on the scope of the duty of care owed by directors and officers to a company; and Isquith v.Caremark International Inc., 136 F.3d 531 (7th Cir. 1998), in which the Seventh Circuit held that a stockholder who received shares in a spinoff could not state a claim under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Ms. Bauer joined Winston & Strawn in 1987 following a clerkship with the Hon. Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of


Ms. Bauer received a B.A., with distinction, in 1982 from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar, and a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1985 from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she served as a member of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.


Ms. Bauer has been named as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by the Leading Lawyers Network and as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005 to 2014, including as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2008 and 2013.  She was named was named by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Media & Entertainment Litigation in 2007-2012.

In 2012, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association honored Ms. Bauer and a team of Winston & Strawn lawyers for Outstanding Work in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals for their work on behalf of two families whose children were wrongly removed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women bestowed upon Ms. Bauer its Founder’s Award in 2009.  Given annually, the award honors an outstanding woman attorney who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics, and excellence.


Ms. Bauer currently serves as president of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, an association of lawyers and judges who practice in the federal courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.  She previously served as a member of the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association and as co-chair of the CBA’s Alliance for Women.  From 2001-2004, she was a member of the board of visitors of the University of Illinois College of Law.

Ms. Bauer also served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Conflict Resolution and has completed its 40-hour mediation skills training program.


Ms. Bauer’s recent presentations include “30 Female Blackstones:  Celebrating Our Accomplishments 1893-2013”.  She frequently presents on ethical issues in litigation and the corporate attorney-client privilege.  She teaches regularly at trial advocacy programs and has led a seminar on historic preservation law.


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