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Family Law
Separation and Divorce
Equitable Distribution
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Prenuptial Agreements

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Alimony

Postnuptial Agreements
Child Custody
Child Support
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BIOGRAPHY

After graduating with honors from Clemson University, Julia Kirby Stage realized her calling for family law while working as a clerk for a Mecklenburg County District Court Judge.

Julia stands by her personal philosophy to be her client’s steadfast, zealous advocate. She realizes that going through a separation or child custody case can be one of the most challenging times of a person’s life. She believes in educating her clients through every step of the way so they can be confident in their decisions. While the process is emotional, Julia is known to go out of her way to get the results her clients deserve.

Julia is an active member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Charlotte. Julia represents victims of domestic violence, pro bono, through Safe Alliance’s Legal Representation. Also, Julia is a Volunteer Attorney for the Council for Children’s Rights to ensure every child’s right to be safe, healthy, and well-educated.

Julia lives in Charlotte with her husband and two boys. You can find her spending time with her family and her two sweet dogs in her spare time.

What Julia's Clients Say......

My husband and I have had the pleasure of working with Norris Adams a number of times. He assisted us with several legal issues over the last number of years. Norris is a very professional lawyer who shows compassion for his clients. He is trustworthy, hardworking and always fights for what is right. We highly recommend Norris Adams! He's a great lawyer and a great person, as well.read more
Mary Kingston Bishop
22:08 02 Feb 18
If we ever have a legal problem, we want attorney Norris Adams from the firm of Essex Richards in Charlotte and his winning legal team by our side and you should want them too! My wife suffers from mental disorders. The company she worked for began covering her disability benefits then stopped. I had no idea what to do. I tried to get help from one attorney but it did not work out. I began to panic because I was running out of time to get help. Then through a miracle I was referred to attorney Norris Adams. As a mental health care giver, I am on a roller coaster that is constantly moving so fast. Anyone who knows a family member suffering with mental disorders understands just how difficult the roller coaster can be. So I was relieved when in a heartbeat Mr. Adams came to us. He met us at a doctor’s office in a safe space where my wife was comfortable meeting a new face. In record time, Mr. Adams and his team went above and beyond to get my wife’s disability benefits reinstated. Through Mr. Adams and his legal team’s diligence, excellence, and hard work putting together a lot of medical documents in a very short time, we won! She now affectionately calls Mr. Adams “A Protector.” Our family is so grateful that we can now provide for her with the care and dignity she deserves. Win or lose, attorney Norris Adams and the Essex Richards’ legal team are exceptional! Thank you a million times. Dennis Tintoread more
Dennis Tinto
22:12 28 Jan 18
Stop looking. Today is your lucky day. If you are in need for the best, you have succeeded! Norris Adams and team took on my case and won after a long battle, appeal after appeal all the way to the 4th circuit court. It took years but I did not have to do a thing except not worry and leave it all in their capable hands. I cannot say enough about Mr. Adams’s knowledge of law and the court system, exceptional litigating skills and kind personality. He not only attained a financial victory for us but stopped my insurance company from committing another injustice. Insurance companies, watch out. With Norris Adams on your side you will have the best and will bless the day he accepted your case.read more
Stephen Wilkinson
23:17 27 Jan 18
My wife and I were caught is a very strange financial situation which required professional help. Our son was to go through a very extensive jaw surgery from a growth disorder, and our insurance carrier was being difficult in agreeing to cover that major procedure. We were not able to get prior approval in time and had to pay out of pocket for the surgery which should have been covered by our health insurance carrier from the beginning under our plan. With no place to turn, we contacted our local legal firm to seek advice on what to do, as we were not able to cover this bill and felt our health coverage should have. Our local attorneys, Sugg, Summrell, Carmichael, Hicks & Hart looked into the matter. They thought it be best to refer this case to a firm that specializes in this type of litigation. They referred us to Norris Adams, Essex Richards PA in Charlotte. We quickly made contact with Norris and his team in Charlotte, N.C. who reviewed and accepted our case. Their team worked diligently for us over several months and kept us fully informed after each communication with the carrier. With much determination, in the end, he was successful and won the case against our carrier through mediation and the claim was eventually paid by our health insurance carrier. What a relief it was to my family from a financial standpoint, and also a moral standpoint in knowing that our health care company could not just choose not honor our paid plan by creating an overflow of red tape and duplication of records from various doctors. Without providing the detail in dollars, we were happy with the full settlement from the carrier which was 6 to 7 times the fee for legal service from Norris Adams. We all felt that the legal services were VERY reasonable and fair for the amount work they provided to us. We have recommended Norris Adams to several people in our area since that time and will use him again if need be.read more
Jim Hoffman
00:18 27 Jan 18
I was deemed disabled in 2010, a couple years in, the disability company refused to pay on claim (that I paid for while employed). I talked to several attorneys and was unable to find anyone to assist me with a claim. I contacted Noris Adams and was pleasantly surprised when he was happy to assist me with my claim. His team was exceptional, responding promptly to any questions and taking the time I needed to understand. Since then, the disability company has paid in full on the claim. I am forever grateful to Norris and his team for their expertise and compassion. I could not recommend them enough! Thank you, Victoria Pressley Charlotte, NCread more
Victoria Pressley
12:32 27 Jan 18
Norris Adams is a rock star: the epitome of an attorney you want representing you. A credit to the legal profession, Norris represented me with the thorough research, diligence, and intelligence for which the case called, and there was something else as well... Never expecting to find myself in a dispute with my long term, admired employer, I approached Norris with more than just the facts, but also with a sense of betrayal. His compassion was evident as he advised and skillfully led me through the iterations of stating our case, making our request, and successful mediation which left me feeling more charitable towards my employer solely by virtue of his hard work on my behalf. I have tremendous gratitude for Norris Adams’ representation and am confident that you, too, will benefit from his hard work, intelligence, negotiation skills, and common sense.read more
Pamela May
22:38 26 Feb 18
Approximately two years ago my wife lost her job of over 30 years due to a disability. We tried to resolve this issue ourselves with her employer, hoping that they would be fair and do the right thing. We found out quickly that her employer and the insurance company they use to handle such matters were not interested in doing the right thing. Fortunately for us, we found Norris Adams and his wonderful staff at the Essex Richards Law Firm. During our first meeting with Norris he listened to our ramblings and despair. He was calm, understanding and patient. He was also very honest with us. Norris let us know that employment law was complicated and not always written with the employee's best interest in mind. But he also told us that he felt like he could help us. He told us we would need to be patient because these types of cases can take a long time to be resolved. Norris never made any promises but he did give us hope and we left his office with a sense of calm. During the almost two years that we fought this battle, Norris and his staff kept us informed of everything that was happening. There were a few times when we thought about throwing in the towel, but Norris convinced us to stay the course. We are so glad we did because my wife was approved for the long term disability benefits that she deserves. To anyone who finds themselves in need of legal assistance dealing with employment/disability issues, we highly recommend Norris Adams and the staff at the Essex Richards Law Firm.read more
Doug Patterson
15:38 18 Mar 18
Extremely pleased with all the professionals at Essex Richards! My husband was denied long term disability by the insurance company from his former employer. Norris Adams and his team went out of their way to understand our problem and put together an appeal package that reversed the insurance company decision immediately. His team's efforts resulted in an indescribable positive impact on our family. Now our future doesn't look so bleak. Thank you Norris and Tona!read more
Budman BB
22:35 27 Nov 18
We never would of been able to obtain the funds owed to us by a large corporation without the extremely high level of legal expertise and professionalism shown by Norris Adams and Team. We are forever grateful for them.read more
Sharon Wiwel
18:07 01 Apr 19
After being turned down by one attorney and attempting to represent myself in the appeal process I came to the realization I needed a good attorney. Acting on a recommendation from a friend I contacted Essex Richards. I met with two of their attorneys specializing in the area of law needed to peruse my case. The step was to review my case to indeed insure that I did have a case. Already feeling somewhat dismayed that I may not have a case Norris Adams, after reviewing documentation informed me that I did indeed have a case and that pursuing the case was in order. Mr. Adams was always approachable and showed the utmost professionalism throughout all conversations and negations. Mr. Adams did everything with his power to make sure that I was comfortable with what my legal team was doing and that what they were perusing was the best way to go. For anyone needing an attorney specializing in Mr. Adams area of law, willing to go the distance and displaying the tenacity to win, I high recommend Norris Adams.read more
Robert House
15:22 03 May 17