When Julia W. Mann first entered the legal profession 25 years ago at the encouragement of her husband, she chose to become a litigator after observing a lack of women attorneys in the courtroom. Though women seemed to be at the top of their law school classes, she noted that women in leadership roles were few and far between.
“In my first week, I found myself in a courtroom where the only role provided to women was shuffling paper and supporting the male attorneys,” Julia said. “I knew there had to be more, and I started to wonder what it would take to earn a seat at the table.”
Since then, Julia has done just that. In addition to chairing the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice in Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office, Julia was named managing partner of that office – a role she assumed this past February.
In a San Antonio Woman article featuring women attorneys who believe that advocating for their clients and supporting other women in the legal field go hand in hand, the local magazine spotlighted Julia as she celebrates a milestone year in both her life and career.
Having witnessed her father practicing law while growing up, Julia knew what a career in the law would be like.
“What I did not know is how much I would truly love it,” Julia said. “Solving problems, helping people, and the thrill of a good court argument never gets old.”
As an experienced litigator, Julia Mann helps clients solve their problems in crisis situations. Whether it is a dispute with a customer, a supplier, an employee or even their own business partner, Julia utilizes her knowledge of the client’s industry combined with the avenues for dispute resolution to reach an outcome consistent with the client’s business goals. Representing clients on both sides of the docket, she has appeared in matters in 40 counties across Texas and Oklahoma.
In her practice, she enjoys the challenges associated with advocating for her clients.
“Challenges are opportunity, an opportunity to learn, to grow and to succeed,” she said. “If there were not challenges out there, then my clients would not need me. My best days are when I have faced a difficult issue and come up with a solution.”
Outside her practice, Julia continues to build relationships within the legal community through mentoring current and future practitioners as a member of the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and the William S. Sessions American Inn of Court.
“To serve as a role model for women entering the legal profession and to encourage them to strive for leadership positions is critical for the continued strength of our profession,” she said.
To view Julia’s profile in San Antonio Woman, read “Women in Law: Raising the Bar,” which was showcased in the magazine’s May/June 2019 edition. To explore Jackson Walker’s efforts to attract, retain, and promote women attorneys through networking, client development, and alternative work schedules, view the Jackson Walker Women (JW2) initiative and the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report 2018.