Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona of 2021, including Julia Acken, member at Jennings, Strouss & SalmonIn celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Most Influential Women program, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2021 each day leading up to the Most Influential Women of 2021 dinner and reception.

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Today’s spotlight: Julia Acken


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Acken focuses her practice on labor and employment law. Acken has defended numerous companies in gender, race, and disability discrimination cases in state and federal court. She also has wide-ranging experience representing public and private entities in EEOC claims, wrongful termination, internal investigations, state and federal leave issues, and more.

Lesson learned in 2020: “There is no ‘best way’ to get the job done. I used to try and control every aspect of my work product, but the pandemic made that impossible. I had to be creative, find alternatives, and rely on others, and the final product ended up being as good, if not better, through that collaboration.”

Source of pride: “I am proud to have gotten exactly where I am in my career right now. I made decisions early in my career that were best for my family and me. I thought those decisions might end my chances of returning to a private law practice. I was more than willing to pay that price, but I’m very thankful that I didn’t have to.”

Surprising fact: “I’m a lifelong auto racing fan! I’m from Indianapolis, so I was born that way.”