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Julie Rebecca Colton

also known as Julie R Yarzebinski

About me

Attorney Colton is a family law attorney who works as a litigator, mediator and collaborative professional.  She is also an adjunct professor teaching Family Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  She will help you find the divorce and family law process that works best for your family.  Her practice includes divorce, support, custody, partnership agreements, prenuptial agreements and mediation in Pittsburgh and its surrounding counties.  She has been trained as a family law mediator, collaborative attorney and parenting coordinator. Attorney Colton volunteers with the Pro Se Litigants program and the Pro Bono Protection From Abuse program.  Attorney Colton has presented to pro bono volunteers about the recent changes to the custody law.


Prior to joining VOELKER & COLTON, Attorney Colton clerked in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division for Judge Eaton and worked at various family and civil law firms. Attorney Colton received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Attorney Colton is active in the Allegheny County Bar Association and American Bar Association.  She also volunteers with the Neighborhood Legal Services Assocation Pro Bono PFA Clinic and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Self Help Center.


Bar Admissions

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA, 2006    


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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 30%
    10 years
  2. Divorce: 30%
    10 years
  3. Child Support: 20%
    10 years
  4. Prenuptials: 10%
    10 years
  5. Family: 10%
    10 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Top AttorneyGlobal Who's Who2016
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Young Lawyers Fellows ProgramAllegheny County Bar Foundation2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
National Association of Women Lawyers Student AwardNational Association of Women Lawyers2005
Distinguished Public Interest ScholarPittsburgh Legal Income Sharing Fund2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law2014 - Present
Divorce and Family Law Attorney, PartnerVoelker & Colton, LLC2011 - Present
Divorce and Family Law AttorneyFamily Legal Center2009 - 2011
Civil Litigation AttorneyJones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, LLP2008 - 2009
Divorce and Family Law AttorneyGoldberg, Gruener, Gentile, Horoho & Avalli2006 - 2008
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Kim D. EatonAllegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Neighborhood Legal Services AssociationBoard of Directors2016 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionCouncil Member2016 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCouncil Member2014 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionCourt Relations Co-Chair2014 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionGuidelines Committee Member2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Mediation Counsel of Western PennsylvaniaMember2010 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary CommitteeMember2014 - 2016
Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law SectionLegislative Co-Chair2013 - 2014
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionSpring 2014 Host Committee Member2013 - 2014
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionImmediate Past Chair/BLI Instructor2013 - 2014
Allegheny County Bar AssociationAssistance Secretary/Treasurer2013 - 2014
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair2012 - 2013
Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of GovernorsMember2011 - 2014
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair Elect2011 - 2012
Matrimonial American Inn of CourtN/A2010 - 2015
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionSecretary2009 - 2010
Allegheny County Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionCouncil Member2008 - 2011
Allegheny County Bar Association, Public Service CommitteeMember2008 - 2015
Allegheny County Bar Association, Bar Leadership InitiativeProject Co-Chair2007 - 2008
Urban Youth ActionBoard Member2005 - 2010
Matrimonial American Inn of CourtMember2005 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers Journal (ACBA)No Sure Thing: Surrogacy Contracts Continue to be Challenged2016
The Legal IntelligencerRule Changes Affect Social Security Derivative Benefits2015
The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (PBA)PA Adopts the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act2014
Lawyers Journal (ACBA)YLD Diversity Committee Participates in ABA Next Steps Challenge2012
Lawyers Journal (ACBA)Opportunities exist for young lawyers to gain experience2012
Lawyers Journal (ACBA)YLD Continues Stepping Out Program to Educate Local Youth2011
Legal Guide for Families in Medial Crisis - websiteCustody and Expense Reimbursement2011
Pennsylvania Family LawyerMultiple Indirect Criminal Contempt Charges may Result from the Same PFA Order2011
Sexual Assault ReportVAWA: Celebrating the Past and Looking Toward the Future2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Gannon UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WLD Roundtable LunchSelf-Promotion for Young Attorneys2016
KDKA RadioChild Custody2016
Family Law Section Summer MeetingPassport to International Custody Issues2016
Children's Issues CommitteeUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)2016
PBA Family Law Section Summer MeetingChild Custody Case Law Updates2015
Family Law 101Family Law 1012015
Chapter MeetingBaby on Board: Custody & Support Issues in Adoption/Surrogacy/Ssame Sex Marriages2015
Pitt Law AcademyLeadership in the Legal Community2014
IGE/WLD SummitAn Ensemble of Winning Business Development Strategies for Solos and Small Firms2014
Chapter MeetingDebt: Mortgage Foreclosure, Refinancing, Analyzing Debt and the Equitable Distribution Factors2014
ABA YLD 2014 Spring ConferenceAffiliate Leadership Training: Structural Planning for leadership year2014
Dealing with Divorce: KDKA RadioChild Custody2013
Dealing with Divorce: KDKA RadioDivorce2013
ACBA Bench Bar ConferenceWhat It Means to be Partner2013
Summer MeetingWhat Family Law Attorneys Need to Know About Marketing2012
Matrimonal Inns of Court Chapter MeetingCloud Computing2012
Lunch and Learn seriesiPad Apps for Lawyers2012
Lunch and Learn for Pro Bono AttorneysCustody Legislation a Year Later2012
Chapter MeetingTablets in the Courtroom - For Family Law Attorneys2012
Second Saturday Divorce WorkshopIntroduction to Family Law Mediation2011
PBA Family Law Summer MeetingSupport Law Updates2011
Community Clinic EducationChanges to the Custody Legislation2011
6th Annual Diversity Summit - Diversity & Inclusion: It's Everybody's BusinessDiversity in Leadership: Rise to the Challenge2011
Second Saturday Divorce WorkshopIntroduction to Family Law Mediation2010
Allegheny County Bench BarHow to Hang Out Your Own Shingle - Moderator2010
Young Lawyers Division 101 SeriesFamily Law 101N/A
PBA Family Law Section MeetingCase Law UpdatesN/A