ABOUT ME

The name Monarch Endeavors, LLC ("Monarch Endeavors") is inspired by my father.  Since my dad's passing, Monarch butterflies are the sign he sends me to let me know he is still around and still watching over me.  When I came up with the idea to start a training and consulting business of my own, a Monarch butterfly flew across my windshield as I was driving.  

I took it as a sign I was making the right decision.

Julie Sumner
Founder and Principal

So, here's the nitty, gritty about me:

HOMETOWN:

I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan.  Yes, almost everyone's father and/or mother worked for Ford.  My father didn't, but he did work at many Ford plants as a sheet metal worker.  And yes, every school I went to was named after some member of the Ford family.  

I rebelled for a short period of time after college and bought - gasp - a GMC Jimmy.  I was exiled from my hometown (just kidding - sort of).  In law school, I rebelled even further and bought a Toyota.  I wasn't allowed back in the state for years!  I am back in the fold and my husband and I both proudly drive Ford cars again!

 

EDUCATION:

I went to Albion College for undergrad, which is actually how I ended up in Cleveland.  My freshman year roommate grew up in Bay Village, and although no one would have guessed back then that we would end up being the best of friends, it is because of her that I chose to go to law school at Case Western Reserve University, fell in love with Cleveland, and made it my home.

 

Oh, if you're interested, and must know, I made law review at Case and graduated cum laude.  By law school, I'd actually learned to relax a little (I graduated summa cum laude from high school and Albion) - ha!  

EXPERIENCE:

Prior to law school, as I mentioned, I worked as a social worker.  My first job was as a patient advocate in the Detroit area - that was a CRAZY job.  I won't give you all the gory details here, but if you want some good stories, ask me about them sometime!

 

Next I worked for the YWCA of Western Wayne County.  I wore many hats for the YWCA and I loved all of them.  I wrote grants, counseled troubled youth, ran summer programs, conducted after-school programs for at-risk youth, coordinated special events - the list goes on and on. 

EXPERIENCE, con't:

After graduating from Case, I obtained a position with a firm in downtown Cleveland.  In 2013, I became a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment group and developed a focus in OSHA and workplace safety.  I regularly advised clients on employment issues, including compliance with FMLA, ADA, OSHA, wage and hour issues, ADEA, etc.  I also conducted accident investigations and shepherded clients through OSHA investigations, as well as investigations conducted by other regulatory agencies.  And, of course, I regularly provided training to clients on a wide variety of employment issues.  Since 2017, I have been Of Counsel with the law firm Battle & Polly LLC, where I continue to advise clients on employment-related issues.

AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

  • Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2016

  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow (2013)

  • 2012 Recipient of the Ohio State Bar Foundation's Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 12

  • Selected as 2010 Top 25 Under 35 Mover and Shaker by Inside Business Magazine and Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club

  • Selected as 2008 Finalist, Top 25 Under 35 Mover and Shaker

  • Featured in The Legal Aid Society Newsletter for work on pro bono cases

  • 2004 Will J. Pless International Graduate of the Year, The International Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Vice-Chair, Circle the Cities with Love

  • Partner, Cleveland Leadership Center

  • The International Legal Society Phi Delta Phi, Justice, Court of Appeals