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Julie Ann Grohovsky

White collar crime Attorney at Washington, DC

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Julie Grohovsky is a former federal prosecutor whose practice focuses on cases brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. An accomplished trial lawyer, Julie has investigated hundreds of cases, tried over forty cases to verdict, and argued appellate cases in both the local and federal courts. She is the former Director of Training for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for training all of the lawyers and support staff in the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country.

From 2001 to 2004, Julie served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, where she investigated allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse within the Department and its components, including the FBI.

Julie began her career in private practice working for the law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she defended large corporations who were sued under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. She also defended product liability cases brought against Chrysler/AMC Jeep and was a member of the firm’s public service, associate’s, and summer associate committees.

Julie served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1991 to 2001. During her time as an AUSA, Julie specialized in prosecuting sexual assault cases and received numerous awards from law enforcement and the Department of Justice. In 1998, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy and spent ten months studying how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the UK. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Julie published an article in The Journal of Criminal Law, a British Law Review, entitled, “Giving Voice to Victims – Why the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales Should Allow Victims to Speak Up for Themselves.”

Julie holds a B.A. in English from John Carroll University and is a 1986 graduate of The Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on The Tax Lawyer law review. She clerked for The Honorable Virginia L. Riley of the D.C. Superior Court. A former member of the Adjunct Faculty at the American University Washington College of Law, Julie has lectured in the US and UK on issues of criminal law, criminal investigations, sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims’ rights, and children as witnesses. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Advisory Board of The Tree House, Montgomery County Maryland’s Child Assessment Center, which supports children who are victims of sexual and/or physical abuse and has consulted for the National Institute of Corrections Project on Addressing Prison Rape.

Julie is admitted to practice law in the Districe of Columbia and Ohio.

Licensed for 35 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1988
Updated 06/08/2022

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Posted by Ashley | November 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
I hired Julie for a college case brought against me and about 5 others. She was incredibly sympathetic to my situation and was completely reassuring throughout this entire process. In the end, I was found not in violation and received no sanctions while the other students all received sanctions against them. I recommend Julie to any of my friends that has a college case, or any legal issue!
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Great with Victims
Julie, Represents crime victims and has done an outstanding job in doing so. She is a big believer in enforcing the Crime Victims Rights Act (CVRA). I would not hesitate in hiring Julie again.
Posted by Izabella | October 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Passionate, Experienced, and Extremely Qualified
Julie Grohovsky is an excellent attorney. She vigorously fights for her clients best interests, and she continuously gets great results. Her clients are always her top priority, no matter what time or day it is. You can count on her every step of this difficult process. Working with Julie was a great pleasure, and her experience in the field is an incredible asset to each of her clients.
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Posted by Jordan | October 21, 2016
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Highly recommend!
I rarely post reviews online but Julie deserves a fantastic one. It can feel rare in this profession to meet someone who truly cares about her clients, Who dedicates time and energy to a case even when it doesn't sound very exciting. Without going into the details of my specific case, I will say that Julie walked me through every single step, managed my expectations, and worked vigorously for a result I think we were both very happy with. She is confident and strong without being pushy and overbearing. In short, I'm writing this review because Julie really made me feel listened to. I have recommended her to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so!
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Posted by Emily | October 20, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I was very impressed with Julie’s advocacy and tremendous familiarity with the criminal justice system! I saw first-hand what a difference experience makes and also found her to be very supportive of the difficult emotional circumstances that can accompany a criminal investigation. You can trust her to fight hard for you with integrity.
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Posted by Alexa | October 20, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Julie gets great results for her clients! She quickly gets to the bottom line of what is most important in a case which saves clients a lot of money and brings the focus to what really matters. Her experience as a former federal prosecutor really gives her an insider’s understanding of how judges and prosecutors really think. I completely trust her judgement.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2016
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Find a different attorney!
Only does the bare minimum amount of work on your case. She appears uncomfortable, timid and unprepared in front of judge in a courtroom. For example, she will argue the case at her style and not follow the judge's direction on how he wants to proceed with the case. The judge will admonished her thus causing problems. She will introduce a precedent and not follow through on how it can be applied to your case as an advantage. She will ask for an outrageous sentence without alternatives that could be considered much more reasonable and helpful to your future. I would avoid her.
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Response from Julie Grohovsky October 19, 2016
I understand your frustration at having received a higher sentence than you had hoped for. I can assure you that our law firm did everything possible on your behalf to negotiate the most favorable plea agreement that could be obtained under the circumstances. Our advocacy at sentencing resulted in a sentence that was below the range recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines. We not only argued for the most lenient sentence available, but also asked for alternatives, like placement in a special program which was granted. I respectfully disagree with your other comments and wish you the best.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Owner
  • Click to edit company nameWu, Grohovsky & Whipple
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney Advisor
  • Click to edit company nameDepartment of Justice, Office of The Inspector General
  • 2001 - Present
  • Fellow
  • Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Click to edit company nameUnited States Attorney's Office DC
  • 1991 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • The Honorable Virginia L. Riley, D.C. Superior Court
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Law
  • 1986
  • John Carroll University
  • English
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Frederick Douglas Kyle
  • Sentenced to Life without the Possibility of Parole
  • U.S. v. Darryl Turner
  • Sentence to Life without the Possibility of Parole


  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Adjunct Faculty former member
  • N/A
  • D.C. Crime Victim’s Resource Center(DCCVRC)
  • N/A
  • Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center (MCVRC)
  • N/A
  • The Tree House
  • Advisory Board
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • N/A
  • Certificates of Appreciation from the DEA and Park Police
  • Park Police
  • N/A


  • The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Giving Voice to Victims – Why the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales Should Allow Victims to Speak Up for Themselves
  • 2000

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Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Julie and I worked together on a False Claims Act matter, where we represented different relators against a single defendant. She was proactive and aggressive in getting the best deal for her client but also agreeable, worked well with the Government and co-relators, really knows this area of the law, and does not back down in the face of adversity. Highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julie is an outstanding attorney. Her extensive experience as a former federal prosecutor and former lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General gives her unique insights into how to defend against criminal prosecutions and investigations as well as how to run internal investigations. She is a compassionate and passionate advocate for her clients – unafraid to take unpopular positions with judges and prosecutors – she uses creativity and persistence in achieving great results for her clients."

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Washington White collar crime Lawyer Julie Ann Grohovsky
Julie Ann Grohovsky
White collar crime Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 35 years