Julia Yoo is a civil rights attorney in San Diego, California. She represents a broad spectrum of people whose civil rights and liberties have been violated. The types of cases Ms. Yoo focuses on include retaliatory arrests, First Amendment protests, excessive force, wrongful death, unlawful detention, sexual harassment and prisoners’ rights. Ms. Yoo has successfully tried and resolved cases throughout California and Colorado. These cases include a $4.1 million settlement for UCSD student Daniel Chong who was left for four and a half days in a DEA holding cell without food and water; a $500,000 settlement for a seventeen-year-old boy who was Tasered in the back; a $2.2 million jury verdict in the case of a federal law enforcement officer who was unlawfully arrested and beaten by Chula Vista Police Department officers; and a $450,000 settlement for two African-American plaintiffs detained without probable cause, pepper sprayed, falsely arrested, and Tasered. She has litigated a number of civil rights cases on behalf of prisoners denied medical care and sexually harassed or assaulted by prison staff.
Ms. Yoo is also responsible for obtaining leading appellate decisions, including Bryan v. MacPherson, 630 F.3d 805 (9th Cir. 2010), the first case in which the Ninth Circuit held that that the use of a Taser "must be justified by the government interest involved” because it constitutes "an intermediate, significant level of force" that "intrudes upon the victim's physiological functions and physical integrity in a way that other non-lethal uses of force do not.”
Ms. Yoo is an AV rated attorney and the named partner in Iredale and Yoo. She is an adjunct professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Colorado School of Law.