Jason Julius, a shareholder with Baron & Budd, joined the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group in 2017. Bringing those who pollute our precious natural spaces to justice is what drives Mr. Julius’ passion every day.
Mr. Julius played an extensive role in the firm’s PCB litigation, seeking to hold Monsanto Company responsible for polluting America’s waterways and other public resources with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a group of hazardous chemicals used in a number of products, including caulk, paint, and electrical equipment. There, he led the litigation on behalf of several large public entities – including the State of Washington, City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, City of San Jose, City of Berkeley, City of Oakland, City of Portland, and Port of Portland. This work was integral in recovering more than a half billion dollars in resolutions to date for the firm’s public entity clients, necessary to test, restore, and protect the nation’s precious waterbodies and natural resources.
Mr. Julius has also performed an integral role in the firm’s wildfire litigation, seeking to hold electrical utilities responsible for the devastation resulting from utility-caused wildfires throughout the western United States. This representation included both public entities, including the Town of Paradise, Butte County and Mono County, as well as hundreds of individual victims of the Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire and Dixie Fire. Mr. Julius has also led litigation on behalf of public entities in the Mountain View Fire and Holiday Farm Fire, among others.
Mr. Julius was appointed Class Counsel in the Southern District of California for a class of residents and school children impacted by TCE contamination of indoor air resulting from improper disposal practices at an adjacent factory. As a result of the Class resolution, impacted residents and students have been able to obtain necessary medical consultation to ensure their health has not been affected. Additional sampling in their homes is also being performed to identify any ongoing contamination.
Mr. Julius has also led litigation on behalf of dozens of school districts, cities, and counties against JUUL Labs, Inc., its individual management team, and cigarette industry giant, Altria, for their role in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of the JUUL e-cigarette device to children, resulting in the national youth vaping epidemic. Baron & Budd served in the leadership role on behalf of all public entity plaintiffs in the JUUL Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP) in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Julius served as the day-to-day litigation lead for this JCCP on behalf of the public entities. The litigation sought to recover costs expended by schools, cities and counties in dealing with underage vaping on their properties, as well as abatement of the nuisance created by the youth vaping epidemic for which JLI and Altria were directly responsible.
In 2002, Mr. Julius completed his undergraduate education at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a dual concentration in management and marketing. He was an active member of the Cal Poly chapter of the American Marketing Association and served on the board as a chapter representative to the AMA national conference. Following graduation, Mr. Julius worked in the private sector for several years before attending law school.
Mr. Julius obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from California Western School of Law in 2007. While enrolled, he was named to the Dean’s List, was a board member of the Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and participated in international law programs in Prague, Czech Republic, and London, England. Mr. Julius is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and Consumer Attorneys of California. He is licensed to practice law in both California and Texas.