St. Louis Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney Profile
Julie Petraborg graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1998, and was admitted to the Missouri bar that same year. Her first position was with the Missouri Assistant Attorney General, handling a case load of approximately 1,000 Second Injury Fund cases. This volume of cases provided excellent first chair experience taking dozens of depositions of lay witnesses and expert witnesses, representing the State in numerous workers’ compensation hearings, and briefing and arguing cases to the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and the Missouri Court of Appeals. It also provided the opportunity to learn the law applicable to the Second Injury Fund in painstaking detail, which helps her better represent her current clients in permanent total disability cases in which the Second Injury Fund is a party.
Julie left the Attorney General’s Office in 2002 for private practice, solely representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation cases. After being a partner in two firms between 2002 and 2010 she formed her own firm in the Spring of 2010.
The Petraborg Law Firm, P.C., (2010 to present)
Handles workers’ compensation cases on behalf of employers and insurers from case intake through final disposition, advising clients on defenses and potential liability, at tending mediations and settlement negotiations, drafting pleadings and discovery, conducting administrative hearings, arguing motions, writing briefs and arguing cases to the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Early, Miranda & Petraborg, P.C., Partner (2008 to 2010)
Handled workers’ compensation cases on behalf of employer and insurers. Additional responsibilities included supervising and auditing the work of two associates, editing a quarterly newsletter, organizing and maintaining a medical provider reference list, preparing client handouts on all issues related to workers’ compensation, and speaking at seminars by invitation.
Simon and Early, P.C., Partner (2005-2008), Associate (2002-2005)
Handled workers’ compensation cases on behalf of employers and insurers.
Missouri Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General (1998-2002)
Reviewed complaints of discrimination and represented complainants in administrative hearings before the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Defended the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the residents of state facilities in cases involving allegations of physical and mental abuse by state employees.
Defended administrative claims against the Missouri Second Injury Fund for benefits involving permanent disability, lost wages, and uninsured employers. First chair responsibility for handling a case load of over one thousand cases including expert depositions, trials, and appeals.
Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D., 1998
University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1993-1994
University Missouri-St. Louis, B.A., 1990-1993
Missouri Self Insurers Association
Kids’ Chance, Inc.
Women’s Business Enterprise Certification
Community Involvement and Interests
Julie is a member of the Union United Methodist Church, where she directs two children’s choirs and is an active member of the drama team. She also enjoys community theater and has appeared at the Looking Glass Playhouse in Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Clue the Musical. For the Broadway Center for Arts, Julie played Claire in Fuddy Meers. For the Turkey Hill Grange, Julie has played in Dearly Beloved, Southern Hospitality, A Dark and Stormy Night, and The Boxcar Children.
Julie also enjoys artistic roller skating and competed at regional and national championships between 1983 and 2004. She earned national placements in 1997 and 2000 in Novice Team Dance and World Class Ladies Figures.
The Petraborg Law Firm, L.L.C.
720 Olive Street, Suite 1770
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone / Fax: 314-480-5899
Julie enjoys public speaking, and has given presentations on a variety of workers' compensation topics as a way to stay current on the law.