Julia A. Lopez, Esq.


Immediate Past President 

Julia A. López is a senior litigation associate at Reed Smith, an international law firm. She is in the firm’s Life Sciences Health Industry Group, practicing product liability litigation and commercial litigation. She defends pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigation. Her experience includes working on single plaintiff matters, coordinated cases, and multidistrict litigation in both federal and state courts and handling all aspects of general litigation. She has also counseled clients in breach of contract matters, business torts, other complex business disputes, and in government pharmaceutical pricing investigations. Committed to the firm’s diversity initiatives, Julia is an associate liaison on the firm’s Diversity Committee and previously served as the associate liaison for Unidos, Reed Smith’s Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Julia served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Esther Salas, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr., Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In addition to her federal and state clerkship experience, Julia previously practiced at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. where she focused on class action litigation. She started her legal career as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Raquel Romero in Elizabeth, New Jersey before going to law school. 

Julia received her B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. While attending law school, Julia was Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review, President of the Association of Latin American Law Students, and a judicial intern for the Honorable James R. Zazzali, Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

She has been an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey since 2003 and an active board member since 2008, serving in various leadership positions. Julia is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”). For the past three years, she served as a Deputy Regional President for HNBA Region III and was recently recognized as a HNBA Top Lawyer Under 40 in 2017. She is also a member of the HNBA’s Health and Life Sciences Committee. In addition, Julia has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, as well as the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice.

At the age of 5, Julia immigrated to the United States from Guatemala with her mother, Sonia Cabrera, and two younger siblings, Sandra López-Ribon and Francisco E. López, Jr. They reunited with Julia’s father, Francisco A. López, and her extended family that settled in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the 1980s. Growing up in an urban, immigrant community and raised with the mantra that education is the key to success, Julia successfully graduated from the Elizabeth Public Schools system as her high school’s Salutatorian and was named the Mayor’s Youth of the Year. 

Julia was named after her paternal grandmother, Julia Castellanos, whom the family lost two weeks ago on October 9, 2018. Her grandmother immigrated to the United States in 1985 to help raise Julia and her siblings. Julia’s grandmother worked in a factory for 15 years until she retired and then lived with Julia for her last 20 years. Similarly, her devoted father worked seven days a week as a maintenance mechanic until he retired after receiving a heart transplant five years ago. Her determined and entrepreneurial mother previously owned her own grocery store and has also worked in various retail jobs. Julia’s family immigrated to the United States searching for the opportunity to obtain prosperity through hard work—a promise that is rooted in our Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Julia dedicates this evening to her grandmother and parents for their immense sacrifices and for shaping her into the woman she is today. She credits them for allowing her to live the American Dream. 


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