Richard A. Julius - Cordell & Cordell Pittsburgh Divorce Lawyer

Richard A. Julius

Senior Litigation Partner

Pittsburgh divorce attorney Richard A. JuliusPittsburgh divorce attorney Richard A. Julius chooses to practice family law because it is one of the few areas of practice where there is an opportunity to help people daily.

With a sharp focus on the intricacies of family law, Mr. Julius makes sure his clients are always kept up to date on the progress of their case.

“I believe that an attention to detail is one of the most important traits that a family law attorney can have,” Mr. Julius said. “In cases that so often involve countless moving parts, clients appreciate the knowledge and forethought that goes along with being able to assess the effects of each decision on each of those moving parts.”

Mr. Julius understands that the system and process are not designed to make winners and losers. Winners are the people making intelligently aggressive decisions with their family’s best interests in mind.

“The best way to describe the type of attorney I am is intelligently aggressive,” Mr. Julius said. “You should expect during your case to know your options and, to the extent that such prediction is possible, the effects of each option, including the consequences of inaction. That way, you can make the most informed decision about what is best for you and  your family.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Julius is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Gannon University, Mr. Julius earned his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Julius ran the family law division of a Pennsylvania law firm handling civil, family, personal injury, and criminal law.


Mr. Julius is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Butler County Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Family Law section of the Allegheny County Bar.


Mr. Julius was recognized in 2014-19 as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Watch Mr. Julius’ lecture from Cordell & Cordell’s 2016 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Effective Trial Preparation.”


Mr. Julius actively volunteers with the Allegheny County Pro Se Assistance Program and Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania.


"Rick has been the first attorney that I've ever had. He's doing a very good job. Rick is a hard worker, and it really shows. Not sure what will happen in court, but I'm confident in Rick and his abilities to fight for me."
"Rick is excellent.  [He] is very thorough in his approach. Rick is very easy to speak with and explains things well so that [I] can understand whatever is going on in my case. ... There are a lot of things going on, so that's important!"  
"Rick makes sure to explain everything really good. Anytime I have a question he answers with no problem at all. He really stays on top of everything."
"Rick is fantastic! I worked with him on a previous case and followed him to Cordell & Cordell. He is a brilliant young guy. Rick is bright [and] comes across as highly ethical and empathetic. He is the trifecta, the total package and an excellent attorney. I can't say enough good things about Rick."
"Rick is much more knowledgeable than I've dealt with. He's very caring and extremely intelligent. He's been so responsive; he's been wonderful as far as an attorney goes. "
"Rick was great. He was always quick to answer me and give me great guidance. I was always taken care of, and it made the process go a lot smoother. He was committed to my case. "
"Richard is a godsend! He made a situation that was unbearable bearable with his compassion and skill as an attorney. Cordell & Cordell is a very warm and welcoming firm that made me feel more like family than a client. I am really pleased with how Richard Julius out of the Pittsburgh office helped me with my case. He made me feel like family and helped make an unbearable situation feel bearable by making me feel like I had family fighting on my side. I thank God for him every day [for] how he helped keep my girls safe."
"Rick always got back to me right away or would email/text if need be. Thank you so much for all of your help with my divorce. You all were more than accommodating. Rick especially. Rick, I appreciate all of your dedication and hard work. You made a difficult process very smooth. Thank you!"

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