Julie M. Cillo


Julie Cillo brings over 25 years of experience in family law to serve the clients of Owen & Owens, where she focuses her practice on divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, alimony, property settlement agreements, prenuptial agreements, and other domestic relations issues. Julie is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and one of only 55 Fellows in Virginia. AAML Fellows are recognized by judges and attorneys as leading family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. She is an assertive litigator, skilled negotiator, and experienced collaborative law attorney.

Julie has also served for many years in leadership positions with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association where she has been a member of both the Board of Governors and the Family Law Coalition and previously served as Chair of the Family Law Section. Julie is also an active member of the Metro Richmond Family Bar Association where she previously served as president, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Henrico Bar Association. Julie is highly regarded by her peers and others in the legal community; she is a frequent lecturer and author for programs throughout Virginia for attorneys on family law, divorce and custody matters.

Since 2007, she has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in the domestic relations category. Since 2008, she has been named to Virginia Super Lawyers.  She has repeatedly earned the added distinction of being named one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Virginia, one of top 100 lawyers in Virginia and one of the top 50 lawyers in Richmond.

  • American University, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1995
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., with honors in Government, 1992
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Top 50 Women Virginia Super Lawyers, 2015-2023
  • Top 50 Richmond Super Lawyers 2018-2023
  • Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers 2018-2023
  • RVA Power Women, Finalist (Law) – 2023 (Richmond BizSense)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, listed in Family Law category, 2008-present
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business magazine, listed in the domestic relations category, 2007-present
  • Leaders in the Law, honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2008
  • Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2008-2009
  • Who’s Who in America, 66th – 68th Edition
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 19th Edition
  • Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Outstanding Service Award, 1999
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Virginia Chapter, Treasurer (2017-2019), Secretary (2019-2021), President (2023-present)
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow (2023-present)
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition, Current Member
  • Richmond Bar Association, Current Board Member – Secretary-Treasurer (2020-2021), Vice President (2021-2022), President (2023-2024)
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Past Board of Governors and Past Chair of the Family Law Section
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Metro Richmond Family Bar Association, Past President
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • University of Richmond School of Law – Past Adjunct Faculty Member
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section and Law Practice Management Section
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance, Past Board Member
  • Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Professional Development Committee – Past Member
  • Dartmouth College, District Enrollment Director
  • Dartmouth College, 25th Reunion Chair
  • Dartmouth College Alumni Council
  • Negotiations, Adjunct faculty, University of Richmond School of Law (Fall 2017-Spring 2019)
  • Tax Consequences in Support Matters, VTLA Family Law Seminar, Fall 2017
  • Navigating Complex Assets in Equitable Distribution, National Business Institute October 2016
  • Fact Gathering: Interviewing Witnesses and Documents. VTLA Paralegal Seminar November 2015
  • Prenuptial Agreements, VA CLE, August 2015
  • Civil Conversations: Civility in the Adversarial Process, VTLA Sept. 2014
  • Advanced Family Law for Paralegals: Handling Financial Issues at a Higher Level, Nov 2012
  • Property Settlement Agreements, Richmond Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, March 2011
  • What Every Realtor Should Know About Divorce, Kelleher Williams, Winter 2010
  • Evidentiary issues in family law cases, VTLA Trial Advocacy program, October 2010
  • Taxation Issues in Divorce, Virginia CLE December 2009
  • When For Better or For Worse Becomes Much Worse: The Interplay of Divorce and Bankruptcy, Richmond Bar Association CLE, September 2008
  • Child Custody & Visitation – The interplay of statutes on parental rights, responsibilities and parent/child contact; commencing and defending an initial custody proceeding. National Business Institute, June 2008 and June 2007
  • The Divorce Attorney’s Checklist for Mediation, Virginia Mediation Network Spring 2008
  • Persuasive Speaking in the Courtroom: Communicate, Captivate, Convince, 2006 Bench Bar
  • Conference, Richmond, Virginia – October 2006
  • Getting a Divorce Off on the Right Foot and Completing the Divorce, National Business Institute Seminar, Richmond, Virginia –August 2006
  • Equitable Distribution in Virginia, National Business Institute Seminar, Richmond, Virginia – June 2005