University of Colorado Law School at Boulder
J.D. 2001; Legal Aid Award 2001; Member, Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy
Santa Clara University School of Law
Fall 2000 semester; Intellectual Property Law
Cum laude, B.A. in English Literature, with distinction
California Bar, 2001
- Northern California Super Lawyers (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)
- Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California (since 2012)
- Association of Family Law Specialists
- Minor’s Counsel
- San Mateo County Bar Association
- Santa Clara County Bar Association
When Julia is not practicing law, she enjoys listening to Giants’ games on the radio, reading fiction, attempting to improve her chess game, taking her dog to the beach and spending time with her grown daughter.
Julia is a strong proponent of negotiated settlements to achieve the best outcome in family law matters. When settlement is not possible, Julia is courtroom ready and experienced in advocating for her clients’ rights in disputes over dissolution of marriage, custody, support, nullities, property division and post-judgment set-asides. She considers each case unique and favors tailored strategies over formulaic, cookie-cutter litigation approaches as the best way to protect and advocate for her clients.
Julia views children as unwitting participants who should be the top priority in cases where parents are divorcing. Even though a parent is her client, Julia seeks to minimize the negative effects to children throughout all divorce proceedings. Julia also serves as minor’s counsel, representing the children’s best interests in high-conflict cases.
A graduate of the University of Colorado Law School at Boulder, Julia began her legal career practicing in the areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation with the local San Jose law firm of Skjerven Morrill LLP and, later, with the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman. She is a founding member of Robin, Ferguson & Kempton, LLP.