Julyan Law Firm
Attorney, Michelle Julyan "MJ"
Attorney Michelle Julyan "MJ" focuses exclusively on family law and divorce matters in order to better serve her clients. She obtained a law degree degree from Western State University College of Law in California, where she participated in her school’s family law legal clinic. Additionally, she holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Buffalo State College and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Hilbert College. MJ’s personal interests include martial arts as a Certified First Degree Black Belt under the American Kenpo Karate Institute and studio recording and performances as a professional musician. MJ earned a Specialist Music Certificate from Berklee School of Music in 2010.
- North Carolina State Bar (2008)
- District of Columbia Bar Association (2006)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2010)
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Family Law Section
- Wake County Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- District of Columbia Family Law Section
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- American Kenpo Karate Institute
Professional Experience & Achievements:
- Focus exclusively on family law & divorce issues.
- Significant amount of trial experience.
- Experience in international and interstate high-conflict child custody disputes.
- Former contributor to NC Lawyer's Weekly regarding family law and divorce issues.
- Experience in litigating complex asset cases.
- Speaker at Wake County Bar LGBT CLE in December, 2015
- Lawyers of Distinction Award, 2018
Adoption Attorney, Angel Simpson (Of Counsel)
Angel is a graduate of Georgia State University (B.B.A. 2008) and an Honors Graduate of the North Carolina Central School of Law (J.D. 2013). She also completed the certification program in Alternative Dispute Resolution at NCCU and received the North Carolina Bar Association and NCCU School of Law Pro Bono Certificate.
Angel is originally from Durham. She moved to Atlanta, GA in 2001 where she worked as a paralegal/case manager in a criminal defense firm for eight years. She returned to North Carolina in 2009 and worked as a case manager for a personal injury firm in Durham until she began law school in 2010. While in law school, Angel interned with a family law firm in Raleigh, the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham and the Durham Guardian ad Litem Program. She also participated in the Juvenile Law Clinic, the Innocence Project and was on Elder Law Project leadership team. Angel also volunteered with the Durham Guardian ad Litem Program from 2011 to 2015 where she advocated for abused and neglected children in Durham County.
Although she has practiced in family law firms since she graduated law school, Angel's passion is facilitating adoptions. In fact, her main purpose in attending law school was to be able to use her legal education to serve others by creating families through adoption. Her desire is to be a part of family formation by building families and helping birth mothers/parents through their adoption plan. Angel represents adoption clients all over the state of North Carolina and has experience guiding clients through the adoption process, both locally and when crossing state lines (interstate adoptions). She represents both birth parents and adoptive parents, and is excited to help you create your special family!
Angel’s experience with the Durham County GAL program intensified her desire to find permanent homes for children. This experience also educated Angel about the number of children in foster care waiting for their forever families and as a result, she strongly advocates for foster care adoption. She is happy to discuss how foster care could be the right choice for you to start or grow your family.
When she is not building families, Angel enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, running, working out, volunteering in the community and hanging out with her 16-year old long-haired Chihuahua, Miss Priss.
Family Law Paralegal, Melissa Serge
As a paralegal with 20 years of experience, Mrs. Serge worked for a very reputable, divorce and family law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina as a family law paralegal for the previous 18 years. She has a significant amount of experience in preparing and managing cases involving various divorce and family issues, including but not limited to: child custody, child support, division of assets, post-separation support, alimony and domestic violence. Mrs. Serge is highly regarded as a very knowledgeable family law paralegal amongst the family court practitioners of the Wake County Bar and the Wake County Court Staff.
Mrs. Serge obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the State University at New York, at Albany. She currently resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband, Michael and their three children.