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Julia L. Jenness / Shareholder

Detailed Practice Description

Julia L. Jenness is the Managing Shareholder for Boutin Jones Inc. She serves as outside General Counsel and Special Counsel to medium and large companies, including financial institutions, manufacturing companies, special districts, trade associations, and nonprofit corporations. She has experience in board governance, unfair competition issues, and regulatory compliance. Julia represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. She has extensive experience in complex harassment investigations for both public and private entities, and routinely advises employers on reductions in force, and employee training, counseling, discipline, and termination issues. She also advises employers on wage and hour issues as well as reasonable accommodation issues under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Her financial institutions experience includes federal and state regulatory compliance with agencies such as the California Department of Business Oversight, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  Julia has drafted vendor agreements, loan purchase agreements, and loan participation agreements, and is involved in many aspects of banking operations. She has represented financial institutions as well as their respective directors and officers in business transactions, including executive employment agreements, change in control agreements, compensation plans, and indemnification agreements.

Whether it’s counseling clients, structuring employment and severance agreements, or talking to a company about a security risk—it all fits into the category of solving problems for employers.

The Basics

I help employers comply with the law. I help my clients prevent employment problems, contain problems quickly and stay out of the courtroom as much as possible.

Delivering for Clients

In situations where an employer has a complex problem, like misconduct in business operations or the need to terminate a long-term, high-level member of the executive team, I’ve been able to come in, look at those complicated situations, and offer solutions to resolve the issue quickly and effectively.

For me, nothing outside of work can compete with hiking in Yellowstone and enjoying the Tetons. I love it because the diversity of wildlife is incredible. The wilderness corridor in that area of the country is like none other.

  • Practices
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Employment Law
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • University of Oregon, School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Stanford University, A.B. in Political Science, 1983
  • Honors
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Employment and Labor, 2016 – 2017
  • U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law—Management; Labor Law—Management; and Banking and Finance Law, 2010 – 2018
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2015 – 2017
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyer, 2016 – 2017
  • Managing Editor, Oregon Law Review, 1985-1986
  • Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Managing Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Boutin Jones
  • Former Member Board of Directors and First Executive Vice President of Boutin Jones (through 2013)
  • Chair, Boutin Jones Employment Law Group, 2006 – 2014
  • Community
  • Board Member, Western National Parks Association
  • Former Chairman of the Board and Board Member, KVIE Public Television
  • Former Chairman of the Board and Board Member, Capital Public Radio, Inc.
  • Former Chairman of the Board of the Capital Public Radio Endowment, Inc.
  • Former Member, Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board

Articles and Presentations



IRS Issues new Guidance on COBRA Subsidy, Co-Author with Jarrod J. Burch


2007 – 2015

Boutin Jones, Employment Law Year in Review, Moderator and Speaker

2005–2007 and 2010—2011

Continuing Education of the Bar, “Business Law Practice: Recent Developments,” Speaker


Employment Development Department/North Valley Employer Advisory Council, “Overview of Key Labor Law Developments in 2009,” Speaker


Sacramento Employers Advisory Counsel (SEAC), “Managing Leaves of Absence,” Julia L. Jenness, Speaker


Continuing Education of the Bar, “Essential Employment Law Issues for California Businesses: Issues in Hiring and Employee Handbooks,” Moderator

Chamber of Commerce, “Employment Law Year in Review,” Moderator

Representative Experience

Employment Counseling

Special counsel for regulatory compliance on FMLA, reasonable accommodation, and policy issues for public employer with over 2,000 employees

Counsel for management in negotiation of Memorandum of Understanding between public employer and union

Lead counsel in structuring and implementing Reductions in Force for both public and private employers

Development of Employee Handbooks, Executive Employment Contracts, Employee Severance Agreements, Change in Control Agreements, Compensation Plans, and Indemnification Agreements

Development of Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements, Employee Leasing Agreements, Independent Contractor Agreements, and Vendor Agreements

Lead counsel in defending employer and prior officers of company against wage claims brought on behalf of former employees by federal Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner’s Office

Lead counsel in discipline, termination, post-termination grievance procedures, and appeals by public employees against special districts

Investigator for claims of sexual harassment against President of multi-billion dollar private company

Investigator for claims of sexual harassment against publicly elected officials of special districts

Corporate Finance and Securities

Lead counsel for purchase of $500,000,000 in warrants by Financial Institution from the State of California

Counsel for construction of $22,000,000 corporate headquarters of Financial Institution