Julianne M. Avery
Julianne Avery focuses her practice on general commercial litigation and environmental matters. Julie has experience in state and federal actions involving contract and other business disputes and a broad array of environmental issues including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) actions. She has also assisted clients with regulatory compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other state and federal regulations.
During law school, Julie served as an extern to Judge Amy D. Hogue at the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, and as a full-time honors law clerk with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Mobile Source Enforcement Branch of the Air Enforcement Division. Before joining Miller Nash, Julie was a litigation associate at a California law firm, working with public entities in the areas of construction, real estate, and environmental regulation.
Commercial Litigation Plus
Key member of team that obtained a $1.5 million verdict in large energy company’s favor in a franchise dispute.
Successfully obtained dismissal of large regional grocery store chain client in antitrust class action related to price-gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Environmental Litigation & Compliance Plus
Second-chaired arbitration hearing defending international energy company against environmental contamination claims and obtained arbitration award in client’s favor.
Advised national energy client on environmental review and permitting requirements for remediation project.
Actively represents clients at the Portland Harbor Superfund site.
- Orange County Bar Association, member
- Association of Environmental Professionals, member
- Orange County Women Lawyers Association, member
- Energy Bar Association Western Chapter, member
Insights from Julianne
- “PFAS Year-End Review: EPA Lays Groundwork for Tighter Regulatory Scrutiny,” Miller Nash, coauthor (Feb, 2023)
- “EPA Issues Historic Proposed Rule to Designate PFOS and PFOA as Hazardous Substances Under CERCLA,” Miller Nash, From the Ground Up, coauthor (Aug. 2022)
- "EPA and States Issue Temporary Policies: Air and Water Permit Compliance During COVID-19," Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, From the Ground Up (Apr. 2020)
- “ESG: Trends, Risks, and Coverage Issues,” The Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, 2022 Women in Insurance Network, panelist (Oct. 2022)