Julie Chen is a Senior Counsel at Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, where her practice focuses on copyright and trademark litigation, content protection and online piracy. Julie has extensive experience both in representing clients’ interests before courts and agencies and in providing practical, in-house legal guidance and solutions to organizations and nonprofits.
As a litigator, Julie handles a broad variety of commercial matters in federal and state courts and in mediations and arbitrations. Julie's litigation practice areas include copyright and trademark, contract, intellectual property, fraud, unfair competition and employment, among others. In addition, Julie has represented clients before federal policymaking bodies, such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.
Julie's practice also includes counseling and advising on transactional matters for associations, non-profits, and sports and arts organizations. Having served as in-house counsel, Julie helps organizations navigate the spectrum of legal and policy issues, ranging from the day-to-day matters of insurance and risk management and employment and human resources to core business functions, such as intellectual property protection, contract negotiation, and sponsorship and licensing. She also advises nonprofit organizations and associations on board responsibilities, conflict-of-interest policies, corporate governance, unrelated business taxable income, private inurement and excess benefit transactions, and fundraising activities.
Prior to joining Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, Julie served as Chief Legal Officer of the United States Tennis Association and as counsel to the Smithsonian Institution and Verizon Communications. Julie was formerly a litigation partner with the New York office of McDermott, Will and Emery and was of counsel to Constantine & Cannon and Clearspire Law. Julie previously served as a member of the Steering Committee of the DC Bar Association Section on Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law.
Julie is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, California and Illinois bars. Julie earned her B.A., cum laude, from the University of California at Irvine, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law.