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A member of Husch Blackwell’s Higher Education group and Managing Partner of the firm's Chicago office, Julie’s practice is dedicated to serving private and public institutions of higher education.

Julie has concentrated experience advising colleges and universities on legal issues related to campus safety, including Title IX, the Clery Act, serving minors and emergency planning and response; financial aid, including Title IV compliance, loan servicing and collections; as well as development matters, including fundraising, major gifts and permissible use of charitable contributions. She also provides legal counsel on issues and litigation related to faculty tenure, student conduct, disability accommodations and employment issues. 

In addition, Julie has advised institutions on issues involving free expression and academic freedom, student privacy, contracts and public/private partnerships. Julie also focuses on emerging legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives at the state and federal levels impacting institutions of higher education, and provides risk management support to institutions through the development and review of institutional policies, procedures and practices.

Before joining Husch Blackwell, Julie served as the deputy general counsel for higher education and federal student aid at the U.S. Department of Education, and prior to that, as the chief of staff and special counsel to the general counsel for that agency. Most recently, Julie served as associate general counsel at Northwestern University, a major research institution in Evanston, Illinois. Julie has previously practiced as an education associate at a mid-sized Chicago law firm, and started her practice as an assistant attorney general in the Education Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.




  • Crain’s Chicago Business 2017 Most Influential Woman Lawyers in Chicago


  • J.D., Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • B.S., Ohio University
    • Education/Mathematics
    • cum laude


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • As key member of the firm's CARES Act resource team, advising clients on accessing COVID-19-driven financial assistance, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Main Street Lending Program.
Webinar | March 30, 2020
Before the New Title IX Rules Drop

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | February 12, 2020
Labor and Employment Seminar - Chicago
Speaking Engagements | July 31-August 1, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," DePaul University
Webinar | April 30, 2019
Buzzing Issues in Student Finance

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | April 12, 2019
Annual Higher Education Seminar - Chicago
Webinar | February 20, 2018
Minors on Campus: What Are the Risks?
Media Mentions | February 11, 2019
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q4
News Releases | October 30, 2018
Husch Blackwell Names Julie Miceli as Chicago Office Managing Partner

Julie Miceli has been named Office Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell's Chicago office effective November 1, 2018.

Media Mentions | October 30, 2018
Chicago Business Journal People on the Move: Julie Miceli

Husch Blackwell names Julie Miceli Office Managing Partner in Chicago.

Media Mentions | July 20, 2018
St. Louis Business Journal: The PGA Championship: St. Louis' $100 million hole in one (log-in required)

At the 2018 PGA Championship, Husch Blackwell will be sharing a hospitality venue near the 16th tee and 15th green with two other companies. 

Media Mentions | June 09, 2018
Drum Corps International: Participant safety emphasized at groundbreaking nationwide summit

Julie Miceli is featured for her representation of Drum Corps International in developing its code of conduct policy.

Media Mentions | May 22, 2018
National Public Radio: Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

Julie Miceli comments on the legal framework whereby grants to teachers are being converted to loans.

News Releases | January 30, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Higher Ed Practice to Add Three Partners in Chicago

Husch Blackwell boosts its Higher Education practice group, one of the largest in the country.

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