After a one-year clerkship with a federal magistrate judge, Julie Machal-Fulks has spent her 16-year legal career on the team at Scott & Scott. She has been an equity partner in the firm since 2008.
Over the years, Julie’s practice has included software license interpretation, software audit defense, issues involving privacy and network security, and copyright and trademark infringement. Julie has defended clients in more than 250 software audits involving Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, and Oracle. Today she leads her clients through the software licensing process from procurement to audit defense and everything in between. Known as the “Commander” inside the firm, Julie is comfortable taking the lead the role in major transactions and disputes.
Before becoming a lawyer, Julie studied English in undergraduate school while practicing as a paralegal who analyzed large amounts of data in criminal cases, both of which prepared her for compiling and presenting software audit materials in a concise, understandable manner. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
After learning BASIC programming on a Tandy TRS-80 computer in middle school, Julie has always been intrigued by technology and computers. She found that Scott & Scott was a natural fit.
Julie likes providing comprehensive solutions that address the legal and technical challenges clients face, while considering their business needs. Recently, Julie has been helping her clients solve privacy and data security concerns in technology transactions with IBM and Oracle.
Julie’s writing has appeared in several publications including the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, the IT Compliance Institute Journal, the Journal of Legal Technology Risk Management, Texas Lawyer, the ITAM Review and the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation.
Julie has also conducted several webinars for the firm and made several presentations around the country including at the SAM Summit, MSP Alliance MSPWorld Conference, the Dallas County Bar Association Computer Law Section.
She has also been quoted/interviewed for the Fresno Bee, CIO, IT World, Tech News World, Information Week and the E-Commerce Times.