Julia A. Clayton brings extensive litigation and government investigation experience gained through her public service career with the California Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining Kessenick Gamma & Free, Julia represented state health agencies, including the California Department of Public Health, Department of Health Care Services, Department of State Hospitals, and Department of Developmental Services. She also conducted investigations of alleged violations of the California False Claims Act. One of her proudest achievements was leading a team of attorneys, analysts, and auditors in investigating claims submitted by major oil companies for state financial assistance with underground fuel storage tank cleanups, leading to the eventual recovery of tens of millions of dollars in public funds.
In addition to her legal practice, Julia co-founded the Lawyers Depression Project (LDP), a non-profit organization that provides peer-support to legal professionals dealing with mental health challenges. Julia facilitates video conference support meetings, interacts with members through LDP’s online platform, and develops content encouraging recognition, normalization, and acceptance of mental health concerns. She routinely speaks about her lived experience with OCD and how getting treatment during law school helped her pursue her legal career.
Julia is a member of the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys and currently serves on Law360’s Health Care Editorial Board.
Julia received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2004. During law school, Julia externed in the chambers of the Honorable William B. Shubb, former Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Julia also received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, and earned an A.A. at American River College in Sacramento, California.