Julie E. Maurer


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    2929 North Central Avenue
    Suite 1700
    Phoenix, AZ 85012

Julie Maurer (CFC, TLA, TIA, TIDA) is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois, the chair of the National Cargo & Logistics Practice, a co-chair of the National Transportation Practice, the co-chair of the Autonomous Vehicles Practice and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation as well as Marine & Energy Practices. Julie routinely serves as national litigation counsel, representing clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States in the areas of transportation and complex commercial litigation. She has extensive experience as lead chair in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts as well as AAA arbitrations throughout the country. She has represented clients in trials identified as Arizona’s most significant defense verdicts. She is listed in Arizona's Finest Lawyers, Southwest Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers of America. Julie also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Superior Court of Maricopa County in commercial litigation matters.

Transportation / Cargo & Logistics

Julie represents clients operating in every transportation sphere, touching all points of the supply chain across the globe. Specializing in cargo and logistics for over 20 years, Julie routinely serves as national counsel for clients, providing on-going consultation services and spearheading litigation across the country. Working with clients worldwide, Julie provides an array of services to all aspects of the supply chain, from ground transportation—including trucks and trains—to airfreight and ocean carriage. Julie represents entities facing intrastate, interstate and international cargo-related issues, such as shippers, brokers (3PLs), motor carriers, freight forwarders, marine and energy companies, intermediaries, NVOCCs, warehouses, ocean vessels, and consignees/ consignors. Julie works with clients that maintain in-house fleets, outsourced/ third-party fleets, or both. Julie routinely assists clients with a combination of multi-modal issues domestically and abroad. Julie also handles freight loss and damage claims, and litigates issues related to the collection of tariff and transportation charges. Julie also drafts, negotiates and advises clients on transportation contracts and insurance issues.

Specifically, Julie represents transportation companies with cargo-related matters nationally (intrastate and interstate) as well as internationally. She represents clients in matters ranging from freight and household goods to catastrophic injuries, to warehousing and self-storage. In addition, she consults and provides guidance on laws such as:

  • Carmack Amendment, 49 U.S.C. § 14706
  • Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA), 49 U.S.C. § 14501(c)(1)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA), 46 U.S.C. § 30702
  • Montreal Convention/Warsaw Convention
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Federal Chemical, Natural Resource, and Waste Transportation Law
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCPA)
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 U.S.C. §§ 5101, et seq. 
  • Uniform Self-Service Storage Facility Act
  • Uniform Commercial Code, Article 7

Complex Business & Commercial Litigation

Julie handles complex business and commercial disputes to routine and common disputes involving a wide range of industries, offering practical advice to resolve difficult or complex problems and regularly handling state and federal litigation for local, national and international clients. Julie regularly defends and enforces contracts for the delivery of goods and services related to business operations, representing clients in a wide variety of business disputes, including breach of contract, non-competition, real estate, trade secret, fiduciary duties as well as all types of related commercial litigation claims. Julie has been recognized repeatedly as counsel for Arizona’s most significant defense verdicts.

Autonomous Vehicles

As Co-Chair of the Autonomous Vehicles practice, Julie is particularly well-positioned to advise clients on an array of novel legal issues as a result of the rapid emergence of autonomous vehicles. As cars with increasingly sophisticated technology continue to become available to consumers, manufacturers and the companies behind this technology will face increasing potential for liability.

With extensive experience in the transportation arena and a unique understanding of the emerging legal landscape within the AV space, Julie regularly counsels businesses on a range of topics, including:

  • Conflicts between state and federal transportation laws
  • Government relations and public policy
  • Regulatory enforcement, oversight, and compliance
  • Accident investigations
  • Product liability counseling and defense work
  • Privacy and data protection
  • False advertising
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Employment matters, including misclassification and class actions
  • Intellectual property, trade secrets, and commercialization
  • Logistics

Published Opinions

  • Starceski v. United Van Lines, LLC, 8:22-cv-962-WFJ-CPT (M.D. Fla. Aug. 22, 2023). 
  • Starceski v. United Van Lines, et. al., Docket No. 8:22-cv-00962-WFJ-CPT, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190949 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 19, 2022).
  • Brunner v. Beltmann Group, INC., 2020 WL 635905 (N.D. ILL. 2020).
  • Cook v. N.Y. Moving & Storage, Inc., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179954 (D. Utah Sep. 28, 2020).
  • Anson Calder, LLC v. Bay Shore Moving & Storage, Inc., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127845 (D. Utah July 30, 2019).
  • Nachman v. Seaford Transfer, Inc., 2018 WL 4186397, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149315 (E.D. Va. Aug. 31, 2018).
  • Reclaimed Goods, LLC v. Frisard’s Trucking Company, Inc., 2018 WL 2771426, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97059 (W.D. La. June 7, 2018). 
  • Re-Borne, Inc. v. Panther II Transportation, Inc., 3:17-cv-00023- GFVT, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51243 (E.D. Kent. 2018).
  • Delta Stone Products v. Xpertfreight, et. al., 2018 WL 354681, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5337 (D. Utah 2018).
  • Chisesi Bros. Meat Packing Co. v. Transco Logistics Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 75580, 2017 WL 2189829 (E.D. La. 2017).
  • Sony Biotechnology, Inc. v. Chipman Logistics and Relocation, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134440, 2017 WL 3605500 (S.D. Cal. 2017).
  • Hartley v. Don Farr Moving & Storage, 2017 U.S. Dist. Lexis 206360 (W.D. La. 2017).
  • Grier v. Griffin Moving & Storage, Inc., 0:17-cv-61485-DMM (S.D. Fla. 2017).
  • United Van Lines, LLC v. Deming, 2017 WL 3149301, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116308 (N.D. Cal. July 25, 2017).
  • Pinnacle Pines Cmty Ass'n v. Everest Nat'l Ins. Co., Chartis Specialty Co., et al., No. CV-12-08202-PCT-DGC, 2014 WL 1875166 (D. Ariz. May 9, 2014).
  • Pacific Indemnity Co. v. Atlas Van Lines, Inc. 642 F. 3d 702 (9th Cir. 2011).
  • Pacific Indemnity Co. v. Pickens Kane Moving & Storage Co., et al., 655 F. Supp. 2d 1023 (D. Ariz. 2009).
  • In re Accuride Erie, 125 LA 1061 (Franckiewicz 2008).

Publications & Press Mentions

  • “Key Roadblocks In Calif.'s Pivot To Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks,” Law360 (2023). 
  • "Carmack Preemption of Damage to Real Property—Watch Your Step!," The Transportation Lawyer, April 2019, Vol. 20, No. 5.
  • "The Preemptive Power of the FAAAA—A Future in Decline?," The Transportation Lawyer, April 2018, Vol. 19, No. 5.
  • "Implied Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in Arizona Bad Faith Cases: Is it a 'Magical Admission' Standard?," Law Blog (2015).
  • "Post-ICCTA Federal Jurisdiction Over Recovery of Freight Charges," Transportation Law Institute (2007).
  • "Collection of Freight Charges: A Case for Federal Jurisdiction," The Transportation Lawyer (2006).


  • Judge Pro Tempore for the Arizona Superior Court of Maricopa County.
  • Mountain States Legal Foundation, Board of Litigation, Arizona Delegate.

Community Activities

  • Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Board of Directors.
  • Phoenix ToolBank, Vice-President, Board of Directors.
  • Suns Charities 88.
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Arizona.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Arizona
  • State Supreme Courts
    • Arizona Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Arizona Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) 
  • Conference of Freight Counsel (CFC)
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, Stanford Law School
  • Ladder Down, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® 2023-2024 — Transportation Law
  • Award of Professional Distinction, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla)
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • 40 Under 40, Phoenix Business Journal
  • Rising Star, Southwest Super Lawyer, Civil Litigation Defense and Employment Litigation Defense
  • Graduate, IADC Trial Academy, Stanford University Law School


University of Notre Dame Law School

Juris Doctor, 2004

  • Solicitation Editor and Symposium Chair for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy
  • W. Scholar recognition

Arizona State University

Master of Public Administration, summa cum laude, 1998

  • Graduate Research Assistant, School of Public Affairs

University of Missouri-Rolla

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1996

  • 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Award of Professional Distinction, Missouri University of Science and Technology 

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