Julianne Nicole Zilahy

Research & Writing Fellow
Birmingham, Alabama

Julianne is beyond thrilled to be Marsh, Rickard & Bryan’s first Research and Writing Fellow. As a former professional ballerina, Julianne developed a strong commitment to hard work and discipline. During her three years of dancing, Julianne loved performing an art in which she could communicate emotionally and intellectually to an audience. Now an attorney, she aims to utilize this artistry through arguments that effectively communicate the injustice her clients have faced and, in turn, the laws commanding its remedying.

In law school, Julianne focused her education on appellate practice by competing on the National Moot Court Team for two years and by participating in numerous oral advocacy competitions hosted at Cumberland School of Law. In addition to brief writing for moot court competitions, Julianne honed her writing and editing skills as a Research & Writing Editor on the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, the nation’s oldest law review dedicated to the art of trial advocacy. Julianne is excited to begin her career as an advocate by learning from the talented and passionate attorneys at Marsh, Rickard & Bryan.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2019


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • J.D. - 2019
    • Honors: National Moot Court Team for two years
    • Law Review: American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Research and Writing Editor
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
    • B.F.A. - 2013
    • Major: Ballet

Published Works

  • Sunlight as the Best Disinfectant: SCOTUS Sheds Light on “Dark Money”: The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Oct 2018 Blog
  • The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act: Will it be enough to protect victims form the "Second Rape?", Oct 2017 blog

Honors and Awards

  • Best Citation Editor, 2018 - Present
  • Dean’s List (All semesters), 2016 - 2019

Past Employment Positions

  • Alabama Ballet, Apprentice Dancer, 2014 - 2016
  • Ballet Arkansas, Company Dancer, 2013 - 2014


  • Alpha Delta Pi