Julie Fosbinder served for five years as Senior Trial Attorney in the Charlotte District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1990 to 1995, prosecuting all types of employment discrimination claims in federal courts in North and South Carolina.
A 1983 graduate of New York Law School, Ms. Fosbinder has practiced employment law for over 25 years. Ms. Fosbinder first worked on behalf of union members concerned about the corruption and lack of democracy in the Teamsters Union. That work led her to file, with local attorney Woody Connette, her first case in the North Carolina Courts, Walker et.al. v. Teamsters Local 71, which was successfully tried before the Honorable Judge James B. McMillan, and survived an appeal by Defendants in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 1995, Ms. Fosbinder left the EEOC to join Charlotte employment attorney Jenny Sharpe and form one of the area’s first woman owned law firm partnerships. Since then Ms. Fosbinder has been in private practice representing employees.
Ms. Fosbinder served on the North Carolina State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section Committee for over 15 years, and chaired both the continuing legal education and newsletter committees. She authored the first NCBA brochure which provided information for individuals and employers on federal and state agencies providing assistance on employment related issues.
Ms. Fosbinder is known as a persistent, creative advocate for her clients, and has successfully tried cases in both North Carolina state courts and the federal court for the Western District of North Carolina. She has won numerous appeals in federal and state courts, including the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the federal Second, Fourth, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Ms. Fosbinder is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as the North Carolina State Bar and Mecklenburg County Bar. She has spoken many times on behalf of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the North Carolina State Bar and her firm on employment law issues, both at continuing legal education meetings and before civic organizations, college classes, and non-profit organizations. She has been on the Board of several civic organizations including ARC and the Charlotte Coalition for a Moratorium Now. She is actively involved with her church and its outreach to the community of those with mental illnesses.
Ms. Fosbinder is the proud mother of a nine year old girl who attends Trinity Episcopal School, and caretaker for many pets.