“The job of a good family lawyer is to be a counselor in the true sense—realizing that the advice you are giving is not only important in the legal aspects, but also in the personal aspects.”
Julia G. Vanasse (known as “Julie”) joined the firm in 2019 to practice in the area of Family Law. She came to RKG Law after serving for almost twenty years as a Lancaster County Divorce Master, where she presided over numerous divorce cases during her tenure. Prior to being appointed by the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas as a Divorce Master, she practiced family law for ten years with a local firm.
With her over thirty years of combined experience in Family Law, Julie brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. She represents clients in all areas of Family Law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, custody, and support. As a long-time Divorce Master, Julie distinguished herself for her particular expertise in handling complex and high-asset divorce cases. She is well versed in dealing with the unique complexities that these cases often present such as business and professional practice asset values, pension values, and self-employment and business income issues.
Julie firmly believes that the key to serving clients well in family law matters is with a comprehensive and compassionate approach. She works with each client personally to understand their concerns and goals. As a litigator, Julie’s style is thorough and tenacious – as anyone who practiced before her can attest, she leaves no stone unturned. As a prior Divorce Master, she has a first-hand understanding of the court process and what strategies get results in litigation. Julie also understands that sometimes the best results are achieved outside of the courtroom and, as a Master, she aided in resolving many cases without a hearing. She brings those same skills in negotiating fair resolutions for clients without the expense, delay, and emotional toll of court proceedings.
Julie has called Lancaster her home for over thirty years. She and her husband Mike (also a local attorney) live in East Hempfield where they raised three children. They are now empty nesters unless you count two golden retrievers.
Get to know Julia
What is something about yourself that will surprise us?
"I grew up outside Washington DC. I was one of the very few urban kids who knew about shoofly pie and scrapple, thanks to my Dad who grew up in a small town in Berks County. On trips to visit her grandparents, I traveled through Lancaster and fell in love with the farmland; I always imagined what it would be like to live here. The rest, as they say, is history."
What is it you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
I truly enjoy interacting with clients and learning their stories. Even though I meet people going through one of the worst experiences, I feel really fortunate to get to know them and to hopefully help them.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Can I have two? A crystal ball and a magic wand!