Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
206.464.4224

Julia Fleming
Navigating clients through the litigation process and developing personalized guidance for employers to prevent disputes.

Julia is an Associate at Ryan Swanson, working primarily in the litigation and employment groups. Julia’s experience varies across practice areas, and she is familiar with assisting clients with real estate, business, employment, corporate, and receivership matters. Julia works on both the litigation and transactional side of matters, so she is competent in working on the front-end of deals and contracts with an eye toward preventing conflicts later on and is well-versed in spotting areas of potential liability. She routinely works with employers to draft employee handbooks, update workplace policies in light of rapidly evolving areas of the law, and advises on ensuring legal compliance across state borders when it comes to hiring in new states and adapting to remote workforces. When conflict cannot be avoided, Julia strives to save businesses time and money by engaging with alternative methods of dispute resolution and documenting settlements.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE – LITIGATION

  • Defending businesses against workplace discrimination and wrongful termination claims
  • Mediating retaliation claims on behalf of executive employees
  • Class action defense related to wage and hours laws, equal pay protections, and unfair competition
  • Litigating contract dispute involving interpretation of real estate developer’s commissions structure
  • Representing petitioning and interested parties in receivership actions
  • Litigating commercial landlord-tenant disputes over lease defaults, breaches, and lease term renewals
  • Assisting clients with residential unlawful detainer actions
  • Enforcing confidentiality agreements to ensure the protection of proprietary information and trade secrets
  • Preparing settlement documents to resolve breach of contract and negligent destruction of personal property claims

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE – EMPLOYMENT ADVISING

  • Analyzing the validity of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements to ensure enforceability
  • Assisting businesses in structuring pay rates and means of compensation to ensure compliance with the Minimum Wage Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and overtime pay protections
  • Drafting and reviewing employee handbooks to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employee protections
  • Preparing independent contractor agreements to minimize the risk of misclassification
  • Advising employers on overlapping forms of protected leaves across states including Washington, Oregon, and California
  • Drafting severance agreements and advising employers on termination best practices

Before her current practice, Julia worked as a summer associate with Ryan Swanson in 2020, until returning to finish law school at the University of Washington. While in law school, Julia served as a Managing Editor on Washington Law Review and externed for Justice Gordon McCloud of the Washington State Supreme Court. In addition to working at Ryan Swanson during one of her summers during law school, Julia also interned at the Unemployment Law Project where she represented individuals seeking unemployment benefits in front of the Employment Security Department. Julia was very involved in moot court activities, serving on the Executive Board of UW’s Moot Court Honor Board as well as participating in Jessup International Law Moot Court competitions. Julia was also the recipient of two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Employment Law and Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing.

Speaking Engagements

Articles

Professional Activities

  • Member, King County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
  • 2023 Planning Committee Member, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Conference

Credentials

Education
  • University of Washington Law School
    (J.D., with honors, 2021)
  • San Diego State University
    (B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, 2018)
Admitted to Practice
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Hobbies & Interests

Born and raised in Seattle, Julia has a strong connection to the Pacific Northwest that helps her connect with clients and motivates her to work hard to protect the community she calls home. After spending four years in sunny San Diego for college, Julia was excited to return to her roots and family in Washington for law school and life beyond. As the daughter of a local business owner, Julia enjoys engaging with other local businesses to help set them up for long-term success, minimize risk of liability, and reach their goals. When she’s not working, you can catch Julia running half marathons, taking weekend trips to explore new cities and visit friends, or cheering on Seattle sports.