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Julie is a local girl born in Hammond, Indiana, raised in Highland and setttled in St. John.  After graduating high school in 1998, she attended Ball State University.  In 1992, she graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Psychological Science.  After college, she married her high school sweetheart and earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Valparaiso University.  Before attending law school, Julie worked as the Director of the Sexual Assault Recovery Unit for the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office.


After working with attorneys in the Prosecutor’s Office, Julie decided that she wanted to join them and enrolled at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Not ever shying away from taking on something at full task, she contemperaneously started her family of two children. After she graduated in 1998 from law school while holding the hand of her toddler girl and pushing a stroller of her 5 month old son, she worked her way to partnership at a local law firm.  After fifteen years of working in a firm, she has moved forward to own her own law practice and now the rugrats are in high school.


Julie is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, the Northern and Southern District of Indiana and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Julie is also active in the Women’s Lawyer Association of Lake County.  Julie enjoys participating in her community as a frequent speaker at local middle schools on Law Day, acting as a legal liason for Scott Middle School in Hammond, Indiana helping teenage children learn skills of mediation during times of conflict.


Julie retains enough energy to attend every sporting event for both of her children. Ever a sports enthusiest, she is usually found cheering on her high school children at soccer, track and cross country & following the Lake Central sports teams in the newspaper.


What makes her tick:


Interior Decorating

Cooking and Baking


Any beach


Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
    18 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    18 years
  3. Child Support: 25%
    18 years
  4. Child Custody: 25%
    18 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Julie for twenty years and have great respect for her work. She is a great advocate for her clients and I highly recommend her.


    Janice Boback Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Stephens Law Firm, P.C.

8051 Wicker Avenue
Suite B
Saint John, IN, 46373


INActive In Good Standing199808/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best 2 Years Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Client Satisfaction Award 10 BestAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 10 AttorneysNational Academy of Family Law Attorneys2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client rating 5/5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Certificate of AppreciationScott Middle School1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/OwnerStephens Law Firm, P.C.2013 - Present
PartnerEfron, Efron & Yahne P.C.1998 - Present
Director of Sexual Assault Recovery UnitPorter County Prosecutor's Office1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenMember2013 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2010 - Present
Women's Lawyers Association, Lake CountyMember2001 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Women's Lawyers Association, Lake CountySecretary/Treasurer2001 - 2002
Indiana Coalition against Sexual AssaultMember1994 - 1998
American Psychology Law SocietyMember1993 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
45A05-0105-CV-219Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded for rehearing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Master's ThesisDo Masculine and Feminine Handwriting Styles Trigger Gender Stereotypes? The Effects of Handwriting Style and Expectancy on Ratings of Suitability for Graduate School1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
Valparaiso UniversityPsychologyMA - Masters1994
Ball State UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Speaker at Clark Middle SchoolLaw Day2012
Speaker at Clark Middle SchoolLaw Day2011
Speaker at Clark Middle SchoolLaw Day2010
Speaker at Clark Middle SchoolLaw Day2009
Career DayLegal Profession2004
Conflict MediatorsConflict Resolution2001
Law DayLegal Concepts2000
Conflict MediatorsConflict Resolution2000
Conflict and MediationHigh School Mediation1999