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Julia Romano is a Partner in King & Spalding’s Litigation practice. She defends Fortune 100 and other large companies in a wide range of complex litigation matters, including medical device, pharmaceutical, automotive, toxic tort and other product liability and tort cases.

Julia has significant case management, deposition, motion and trial experience. She works closely with experts and other team members to evaluate cases, develop trial strategies and, ultimately, obtain favorable outcomes for her clients. In addition to managing a large docket of cases, Julia also serves as trial counsel. 

In 2019, Julia served as trial counsel and obtained back-to-back defense verdicts for Johnson & Johnson in two cases claiming the company's talcum powder products caused the plaintiff's mesothelioma. In April 2019, Julia served as second-chair trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in Blinkinsop v. Albertsons Companies, Inc., et al., JCCP 4674 / BC677764. After less than a day of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson. Julia was named a “Legal Lion” by Law360 as a result of this victory. In October 2019, Julia served as second-chair trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in a similar lawsuit, Crudge v. Amcord, Inc., et al., JCCP 4674 / BC685901. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson, finding the plaintiff had not been exposed to asbestos from Johnson's Baby Powder. This victory landed Julia another Law360 Legal Lion recognition.

Julia has helped obtain numerous other successes for her clients. In 2017, Julia was part of the trial team that won a complete jury defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in the first case in the country to go to verdict where plaintiffs alleged Johnson's Baby Powder was contaminated with asbestos and caused the plaintiff's mesothelioma. (Tina Herford, et al. v. AT&T Corp, et al., LASC Case No. JCCP 4674 / BC646315.)  The Herford defense verdict was ranked No. 1 on CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2017 and named one of the Top Verdicts in California in 2017 by the Daily Journal. 

Just one day after the Herford defense verdict, Julia argued and won summary judgment for Johnson & Johnson in what would have been the company’s next talc/mesothelioma case to go to trial.  (Gibbons v. Axia Acquisition Corporation, et al., LASC Case No. JCCP 4674 / BC644854.) This judgment was recently affirmed by the California Court of Appeal in a published decision. 

In 2014, Julia was part of the trial team that won a complete jury defense verdict for DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. in the first Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant multi-district litigation case in the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas. Two of Julia's other defense verdicts (one for Ford Motor Company and one for Marriott International, Inc.) were named Top Ten California Jury Verdicts by the Daily Journal in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Julia earned her B.A. in Psychology and Communication from the University of Southern California (USC), where she was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society and a participant in USC’s International Communication Studies Program. She earned her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was an active member of the Moot Court Honors Program, Moot Court Board of Governors, and Student Bar Association.

Julia is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and Lambda Legal. She also serves as a mentor to law students by participating in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity program.

Recognition

  • Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal (2020)
  • 2019 Rising Star, Law360 (2019)
  • Legal Lion, Law360 (October 2019)
  • Legal Lion, Law360 (April 2019)
  • Top Verdicts in California, Daily Journal (2017)
  • No. 1 Most Impressive Defense Verdict, Courtroom View Network (2017)
  • Top Ten California Jury Verdicts, Daily Journal (2012)
  • Top Ten California Jury Verdicts, Daily Journal (2011)
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Credentials

J.D., Southwestern Law School, with honors

B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California, with honors

California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles


Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

Rising Star


Law360, 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, October 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, April 2019

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Recognition

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles


Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

Rising Star


Law360, 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, October 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, April 2019

Matters

Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, October 2019.

Unanimous defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, April 2019.

Motion for summary judgment granted for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, November 2017.

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Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, October 2019.

Unanimous defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, April 2019.

Motion for summary judgment granted for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, November 2017.

Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in its first talc/mesothelioma case to go to verdict, November 2017. This verdict was ranked No. 1 on CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2017 and named one of the Top Verdicts in California in 2017 by the Daily Journal.

Defense verdict for global medical device manufacturer in the first bellwether trial in a major multi-district litigation following an eight week jury trial, October 2014.

Defense verdict for two luxury hotels in a wrongful death negligence action, Los Angeles County Superior Court, June 2012. This verdict was named one of the Daily Journal's Top Defense Verdicts of 2012 in the State of California.

Defense verdict for global manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in a wrongful death products liability action, Riverside County Superior Court, January 2012.

Defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury products liability action, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, October 2011.

Defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury products liability action, Los Angeles County Superior Court, May 2011. This verdict was named one of the Daily Journal's Top Defense Verdicts of 2011 in the State of California.

Motion to quash service of summons and dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction granted for an aircraft repair facility, June 2014.

Motion to quash service of summons and dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction granted for Italian automotive component part manufacturer, July 2012.

Matters

Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, October 2019.

Unanimous defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, April 2019.

Motion for summary judgment granted for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, November 2017.

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Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, October 2019.

Unanimous defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, April 2019.

Motion for summary judgment granted for Johnson & Johnson in talc/mesothelioma case, November 2017.

Defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson in its first talc/mesothelioma case to go to verdict, November 2017. This verdict was ranked No. 1 on CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Defense Verdicts of 2017 and named one of the Top Verdicts in California in 2017 by the Daily Journal.

Defense verdict for global medical device manufacturer in the first bellwether trial in a major multi-district litigation following an eight week jury trial, October 2014.

Defense verdict for two luxury hotels in a wrongful death negligence action, Los Angeles County Superior Court, June 2012. This verdict was named one of the Daily Journal's Top Defense Verdicts of 2012 in the State of California.

Defense verdict for global manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles in a wrongful death products liability action, Riverside County Superior Court, January 2012.

Defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury products liability action, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, October 2011.

Defense verdict for major automobile manufacturer in personal injury products liability action, Los Angeles County Superior Court, May 2011. This verdict was named one of the Daily Journal's Top Defense Verdicts of 2011 in the State of California.

Motion to quash service of summons and dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction granted for an aircraft repair facility, June 2014.

Motion to quash service of summons and dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction granted for Italian automotive component part manufacturer, July 2012.

Credentials

J.D., Southwestern Law School, with honors

B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California, with honors

California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles


Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

Rising Star


Law360, 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, October 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, April 2019

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Recognition

Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles


Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

Rising Star


Law360, 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, October 2019

Legal Lion


Law360, April 2019