Julia Zebley

Staff Attorney

Julia Zebley is a staff attorney handling housing law at the Pittsburgh office of Neighborhood Legal Services. Julia also has experience in bankruptcy and unemployment compensation. Julia started at NLS as an intern in her 2L year of law school in 2012. After graduating law school in 2013, she served a year at NLS as an attorney through a fellowship from Pitt Law and then departed due to a lack of job openings, but vowed to return. Julia enjoys cats, board games, RPG video games, drag performers, Tori Amos, and being disappointed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Julia has volunteered for local LGBTQIA+ organizations and participated in advocacy for racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. Click here to read an article about her efforts to fight the housing crisis.

Professional Experience: 

Julia worked for 5 years at the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender, specializing in civil commitment hearings and representing clients who had competency issues. Julia also previously worked at Zebley, Mehalov, & White as a bankruptcy attorney, representing debtors as well as aiding in Chapter 7 trustee work. In law school, Julia wrote, edited, and managed JURIST, Pitt Law’s legal news and commentary service run by students. Julia has also updated a chapter of Bisel’s Pennsylvania Consumer Law Supplement since 2015.


Julia earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2013. Julia graduated in 2009 with a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in English Literature and English Fiction Writing and a certificate in Public and Professional Writing.


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