Julia Turner Baumhart

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Over the past 20 years, Ms. Baumhart has represented employers of all sizes, including many Fortune 500 employers. Ms. Baumhart’s client base has spanned the automotive, publishing, technology, hospitality, education, oil and pipeline, entertainment, media, finance, insurance, and other industry sectors, and has encompassed all areas of employment law. She has successfully defended employers at the trial and appellate levels in class actions and pattern-and-practice cases, as well as in single-plaintiff litigation. Ms. Baumhart also has served as both an arbitrator and an advocate in arbitrated disputes. She has been named by dbusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in the labor and employment field.

Ms. Baumhart has been with Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton since its inception in 1997. Prior to joining the firm, she was an employment law associate with the Detroit-based Dickinson Wright law firm; a judicial clerk to Judge James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Employment Litigation Coordinator and Employee Relations Manager for EDS. In 1972, Ms. Baumhart earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the DeWitt C. Reddick School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1993, she graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University Law School, where she received numerous awards for writing and scholarship, including the Order of the Coif.

A frequent speaker at employment law seminars, Ms. Baumhart has published on affirmative action and OFCCP audits, performance appraisals, employer access to employee email, the Affordable Care Act, and other workplace issues.

Practice Highlights 

  • Defeating class certification in a race discrimination disparate impact and disparate treatment case against a Fortune 500 natural gas company.
  • Representing one of the “Detroit Three” automakers in disparate impact pattern-and-practice litigation with OFCCP, and advice and counsel to federal government contractors of all sizes on the full range of OFCCP issues.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for clients on complex and fact-intensive issues ranging from sexual harassment to reduction-in-force age discrimination to ERISA and FMLA claims.
  • Briefing and arguing in the Michigan Supreme Court the standard for when an employer can be held liable for harassment directed at a non-employee.
  • Briefing and argument in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and the Michigan Court of Appeals in a number of single-plaintiff cases.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Federalist Society, Michigan Lawyers Chapter
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Detroit SHRM, Legal Affairs Committee Member