Julie B. Rubenstein


Julie Rubenstein is Counsel at Wilkinson Walsh. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including intellectual property, defamation, breach of contract, securities fraud, antitrust, products liability, and class action cases. She represents both individual and corporate clients in federal and state courts and before government agencies.

Julie is also committed to serving the community and has represented multiple clients on a pro bono basis, including the successful representation of her client in an asylum matter.

Before joining Wilkinson Walsh, Julie practiced at Baker Botts LLP.

Julie has been recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for 2014-18.


  • Undergraduate: New York University, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.
  • Law: Cornell Law School, J.D.; Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review.

Notable Matters

  • Lead associate on the trial team in Todd McNair v. NCAA, in which Wilkinson Walsh obtained a defense jury verdict in a month-long trial in state court in Los Angeles. McNair, a former USC assistant football coach, was implicated by the NCAA in the Reggie Bush benefits scandal. He sued the NCAA for defamation and accused it of ending his coaching career. At trial, the Wilkinson Walsh team persuaded the jury to reject McNair’s claims and find that none of the NCAA’s statements was false. Throughout the proceedings, Julie handled oral argument on a number of key issues, including jury instructions and deposition designations, and successfully defended against Plaintiff’s motion to compel. The trial was covered extensively in the media, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and the LA Times. After the jury verdict, trial judge Frederick Shaller called the advocacy in the case “the best I’ve seen since I’ve been a judge.”
  • Lead Wilkinson Walsh associate on the trial team in ZeniMax Media et al. v Oculus VR et al., on behalf of Facebook, Oculus VR, and individual defendants in a federal jury trial in the Northern District of Texas. Plaintiffs sought $6 billion in damages based on alleged use of their intellectual property. The Wilkinson Walsh team obtained a defense verdict for Facebook and a partial defense verdict for the remaining defendants, including the jury’s rejection of plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation. In post-trial briefing, the Wilkinson Walsh team persuaded the court to sanction plaintiffs for withholding evidence and prevented them from recovering $40 million in attorneys’ fees.
  • Lead associate on the trial team representing Liberty Media Corp. in Liberty Media Corp. et al. v. Vivendi Universal, S.A. et al. in the Southern District of New York. Obtained a €765 million jury verdict for Liberty, finding Vivendi liable for breach of warranty and securities fraud.
  • Member of the trial team representing a telecommunications company in a patent infringement suit in the Eastern District of Texas relating to mobile phone technology.
  • Represented a truck component manufacturer in antitrust conspiracy class action. Obtained denial of class certification and voluntary dismissal of claims in direct and indirect purchaser actions.


  • “Re-Examining the Sentencing Guidelines for Federal Securities Fraud Cases,” 89 BNA Criminal Law Reporter 833 (2011) (Alexandra M. Walsh and Andrew George, co-authors).
  • “The ‘Chief’ Problem With Reciprocal Discovery Under Rule 16,” The Champion, September/October 2010 (Sara Kropf, Andrew George & William C. Cleveland, co-authors).
  • “Fraud on the Global Market: U.S. Courts Don’t Buy It; Subject-Matter Jurisdiction in F-Cubed Securities Class Actions,” 95 Cornell Law Review 627 (2010).

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