Julia Dayton Klein

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Terri Luzovich
Direct: 612.632.3240

Julia Dayton Klein centers her practice around business litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, helping businesses of all size resolve legal challenges in the manner that best serves their existing strategic objectives. She counsels clients on a wide range of matters including regulatory compliance, patent infringement, trademarks, advertising, public relations management, product launches, marketing strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. In particular, Julia advises restaurants and franchisors on menu labeling requirements and risk management strategies. She also advises food producers and manufacturers on regulatory compliance and labeling requirements, and she reviews these clients’ marketing materials and strategies to proactively mitigate their risk.

Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Julia served as general counsel for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, where she led the Division of Legal Services, which served all divisions of the department, including Government Affairs, Insurance, Energy Resources, Financial Institutions, Enforcement, Unclaimed Property, and Securities. Julia had previously served in private practice for nearly ten years, serving as trial counsel in patent, trademark, and antitrust matters.

Julia also remains active through community involvement, including work with the Advocates for Human Rights to investigate and curtail the spread of human trafficking in Minnesota.


  • Lead co-counsel on International Trade Commission trial team and district court team in an intellectual property dispute involving five patents and three multi-national defendants, resulting in successful financial settlement for client.
  • Lead co-counsel on arbitration and trial team in patent ownership and employment dispute spanning four jurisdictions with three appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, acting as lead negotiator with opposing counsel.
  • First-chair in a constitutional challenge to a Minnesota criminal law before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
  • First-chair on fourteen successful evidentiary hearings on domestic violence cases for pro bono clients through the Tubman Family Alliance, securing orders for protection for adult and juvenile victims of domestic violence.
  • First-chair in two bench trials regarding the termination of parental rights, one representing a Guardian ad Litem and the other representing a maternal grandmother.
  • First-chair on guardianship and conservatorship case involving vulnerable adult, interfacing with multiple health care systems and hospitals to navigate privacy issues and investigate care pathways.
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