Judie Saunders serves as Co-Chair of Griesing Law’s Confidential & Sensitive Investigations practice group. She is also a Member of the Firm’s Employment practice group.
What do you focus on?
I work tirelessly to prosecute crimes against children, represent abuse survivors in both criminal and civil court, and defend the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and the incarcerated.
What do you see on the horizon?
Both today and on the horizon, clients will demand three timeless commodities: truth, expertise, and price transparency. Today’s clients have unlimited access to information and are generally informed consumers. However, unlimited information can result in clients being overwhelmed, leaving them searching for legal counsel who can work through complex problems, distill essential information, and are able to offer personalized options that are mindful of legal expense.
Judie has more than twenty years of litigation experience with a unique focus on representing adult and child survivors of sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse in both criminal and civil court. She also defends the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and incarcerated individuals.
As a former prosecutor, Judie has extensive courtroom experience, including conducting dozens of administrative hearings and jury trials. She is adept at handling all phases of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, negotiations, settlements, jury selection, direct and cross-examination of civilians, expert witness interviews, and closing arguments. Judie has extensive experience arbitrating and mediating disputes and is included on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators for employment matters.
At her prior firm, which she founded, Judie 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 also spent a significant amount of her career in politics, including as a legislative analyst for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as a staff member for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., and as an executive team member for the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Judie’s political and grassroots activism range from advocating for criminal justice reform to fundraising and community outreach for political campaigns.
Judie is an established thought leader in areas related to the intersection of law, policy, and human rights. She frequently writes, speaks, and is quoted on these issues for major publications and released a book, “A War on My Body: A War on My Rights,” which she co-authored with several renowned women’s rights advocates. Judie also hosts the Legally Brief podcast, which discusses laws and notable cases related to the abuse of athletes and how to combat it.
Judie extends her work promoting women, children, and the underserved through her various philanthropic endeavors, including as a Board Member for the Girl’s Scouts of America, Jersey Coast Chapter, as a member of the Advisory Board for EvolveMe, and on various committees for Impact 100 Jersey Coast and the Parker Family Health Center. Judie is also a member of the CPR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals as a mediator to the Pro Bono Panel and to the New Jersey at Large ADR panel.
Judie received her B.A. from Oakwood University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, J.D.
- Oakwood University, B.A.
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Women Owned Law Making A Difference Outstanding Community Service Award, 2022
– This award honors persons who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication (outside any volunteer work done for their employer).
- EvolveMe #40Over40, 2020
– Included in list of women who reinvented their careers in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond
- Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey
– Member, 2021
- Girl’s Scouts of America, Jersey Coast Chapter
– Board of Directors, 2021
- B Local NYC
– Board of Directors, 2019-2021
– Advisory Board, 2019-2021
- Impact 100 Jersey Coast
– Co-Chair, DEI Committee, 2017-2021
- Parker Family Health Center
– Chair, Governance Committee, 2019-2022
- New York City Bar Association
– Member, 2010-2021
Writing & Speaking
- "Women Owned Law Symposium 2022: Navigating Growth in the New Normal" - Speaker, Women Owned Law, May 2022
- "Internal Investigations: How to Deal With Difficult Witnesses" - Presenter, Quimbee, April 2022
- “LAWCLERK: How I Built a Practice Representing Abuse Survivors”– Guest Speaker, LAWCLERK, February 2022
- "A War On My Body; A War On My Rights" - Co-Author, Di Angelo Publications, January 2022
- “Ensuring Cultural Competence With African American Clients” – Presenter, Lawline, December 2021
- “How to Navigate a Career Change with Confidence” – Panelist, EvolveMe, September 2021
- “Does Your Teen Understand Sexual Consent” – Presenter, Live Talks, July 2021
- “Litigating Child Sex Abuse Cases” – Presenter, Lawline, June 2021
- “Can Whistleblower Laws Protect Competitive Youth Athletes?” – Author, New Jersey Law Journal, January 2020