Julie Bonner DeArman


Julie Bonner DeArman's Profile

Ms. DeArman represents individuals from moderate to substantial wealth, families, and family businesses with respect to estate planning, estate settlement, integration of philanthropy into the family financial and estate plans, and probate matters. She maintains a corporate law practice, and also routinely counsels tax-exempt clients with respect to matters relating to creation, governance, tax-exempt status, fiduciary responsibilities, negotiation of contracts, unrelated business income, planned giving, development of policies, and real estate matters.

Julie has lectured on estate planning topics, as well as charitable giving strategies, at seminars sponsored by local community groups. She has taught other attorneys and financial planners at continuing legal education classes such as The Southern Trust School and at events held by Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. On behalf of the firm, Julie also has taken pro bono cases in the areas of adoption, the creation of Miller Trusts, and the application for Medicaid benefits.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, and the Birmingham Bar Association. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham and a past board member of the Alabama Planned Giving Council.

Julie was born in Camden, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Psychology. While at Auburn, Julie was on the Dean’s List and a member of Pi Alpha Delta, Pi Lamda Sigma, and Alpha Lambda Delta. She attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where she served as Associate Editor of the Law Review and was on the Dean’s List. Julie received her J.D. degree in 2000 and began practice with the Birmingham firm of Spain & Gillon. She joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt in 2003.


  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, J.D.
    Honors: Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Auburn University, Auburn, AL, B.A., Psychology
    Honors: Pi Alpha Delta, Pi Lamda Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta

Bar Addmissions

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2000
  • Alabama, 2000

Previous Positions

  • Spain & Gillon, LLC, Associate, 2000-2003