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Judie A. Saunders, Esq. has more than twenty years of litigation experience with a unique focus on representing adult and child survivors of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse in both criminal and civil court. Judie has represented and counseled numerous high-profile clients who were survivors of abuse and sexual harassment, including an Olympian, NCAA Division I student athletes and elite level gymnasts. Judie has extensive knowledge representing clients from investigation to verdict.


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biography

Judie Saunders is a Partner with ASK LLP, a national law firm offering individuals and corporations, bankruptcy, transactional and litigation services. Judie leads the firm’s Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking Department. Judie has more than twenty years of experience litigating cases involving sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Judie has represented survivors in cases against USA Gymnastics, local and state governments, and clergy abuse survivors. Judie has extensive courtroom experience, including conducting administrative hearings and jury trials.

Judie is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Institution of Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).

Prior to ASK LLP, Judie represented and counseled numerous high-profile clients including Olympians, NCAA Division I student athletes and elite gymnasts, where she sought redress for injuries sustained due to abusive coaching practices.

Judie also spent a significant amount of her career in politics, including as a legislative analyst for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and as a staff member on several state and national campaigns.

Judie is an established thought leader in areas related to the intersection of law, policy, and human rights. She frequently writes, speaks, andn is quoted on these issues for major publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Good Morning America. Judie is a co-author of “A War on My Body: A War on My Rights,” with several renowned women’s rights advocates.

Judie is a Sexual Misconduct Title IX Advisor to colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University. Judie also works with academic institutions to provide Respect in Workplace Trainings. Judie is a Delaware State University Advisory Board Member to the Make Your Mark on the Sports World. Judie is a regularly scheduled Guest Lecturer on Sports and Ethics at New York University.

Judie extends her knowledge of sexual misconduct to businesses and governmental entities where she is retained to conduct internal investigations into sexual harassment and discrimination. Judie is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.

Judie received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Judie is avid runner who has completed several marathons, including the New York City and Marine Corp Marathon.


EDUCATION

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.

Oakwood University, (HBCU member institution) B.A.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Sexual Abuse and Trafficking

Bar Admission

New Jersey

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

American Association for Justice, Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Member, 2022-present

New Jersey Association for Justice, Member 2015-present

Garden State Bar Association, Member 2021-present

Girl’s Scouts of America, Jersey Coast Chapter Board of Directors, 2021

Association of Workplace Investigators, 2022-present

Impact 100 Jersey Coast Co-Chair, DEI Committee, 2017-2021

Parker Family Health Center, Red Bank, NJ

Chair, Governance Committee, 2017-present


WRITING AND SPEAKING

Author, “Can Whistleblower Laws Protect Competitive Youth Athletes?” — New Jersey Law Journal, January 2020.

Author, “Treating an Infection: How Academic Institutions Must Address SexualViolence.” University Business, August 24, 2023.

Moderator, “Growing Your Legal Staff in the New Normal.” Women Owned Law Symposium, Drexel Kline School of Law, April 2021.

Presenter, “Litigating Child Sex Abuse Cases.” – Lawline, June 2021.

Presenter, “Ensuring Cultural Competence With African American Clients.” – Lawline, December 2021.

Presenter, “How to Conduct Unbiased Internal Investigations.” NAMWOLF, Chicago, IL, September 2022.

Presenter, “A Guide to Collegiate Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Agreements: Making the Fair and Balanced.” – 2022.

Presenter, “Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations.” – 2022 Presenter, “Internal Investigations: How to Deal with Difficult Witnesses.” – 2022

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Publications

Other Publications, Nov 24, 2023
NY Mayor Eric Adams accused of sexual assault

Other Publications, Nov 18, 2023
Cassie settles with Diddy, a day after filing explosive lawsuit accusing him of rape, abuse and sex trafficking.

Other Publications, Nov 9, 2023
Thousands of NY Adult Survivors Act lawsuits filed, including against jails and prisons

Other Publications, Aug 15, 2023
Northwestern University Football Physical and Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Other Publications, Aug 11, 2023
USA Today Sexual Abuse on Airplanes and During Travel

Other Publications, Jun 11, 2023
Trump Arrives in Miami Ahead of Arraignment; GOP Rep. Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Biden

Other Publications, Jun 6, 2023
Ending Forced Arbitration of Race Claims Is New Diversity Focus, Bloomberg Law

Other Publications, Jun 4, 2023
Fox Live Stream Interview Regarding Rape Trial of Cuba Gooding Jr.

Other Publications, May 9, 2023
Live Stream Interview With Chance From Newsy Regarding Verdict in Carroll vs. Trump

Other Publications, May 2, 2023
Kate Casey Podcast – Revealing New Allegations of Sexual Assault Against the Menendez Brothers’ Father Jose

Other Publications, Apr 26, 2023
Bloomberg Law Podcast - E. Jean Carroll’s Rape Case Against Trump

Other Publications, Apr 20, 2023
Yahoo Entertainment: Jonathan Majors in Yahoo Entertainment

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