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Paul Francis Nichols

Paul Francis Nichols

Practice areas:

Family, Divorce & Separation, Criminal Defense

About Me

Mr. Nichols is a principal in the thirteen-lawyer firm of Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C., in the Woodbridge, Stafford and Tysons Corner, Virginia offices. He concentrates his practice on family law matters, including divorce, custody, child support, distribution of assets and determination of alimony, as well as related matters such as protective orders and criminal defense. As a litigator, his practice routinely sees him in all levels of our court system.


 


Mr. Nichols' broad experience in all areas of family practice provides a substantial benefit to his clients. He has had the good fortune to handle clients with a wide range of financial backgrounds, from those of modest means to clients whose incomes and assets are significant. His philosophy in handling any case is to litigate to the fullest if necessary, but to settle in an amicable way, if possible. He recognizes that “seek and destroy” is not a fruitful approach when there are children, careers, and other common interests that will bind two people together long after the ink is dry on a final divorce, and therefore, a more practical approach is oftentimes best.


 


Mr. Nichols is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he has received Martindale Hubbell's highest rating (AV) for legal ability and ethics. Mr. Nichols has also been recognized in the specialty of Family Law by "Best Lawyers in America," Thompson Reuter's Virginia "Super Lawyers," and Washingtonian Magazine.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Family: 50%
    36 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    36 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    36 years

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Contact Info

Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C.

12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA, 22192

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law197803/11/2014
PAInactive198908/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2014
Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan areaWashingtonian2013
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2013
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan areaWashingtonian Magazine2012
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2011
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2010
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan areaWashingtonian Magazine2010
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2009
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2008
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan areaWashingtonian Magazine2007
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2007
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2006
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2005
Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan areaWashingtonian Magazine2004
Recognized in the specialty of Family LawBest Lawyers in America2004
FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers1997
AV Rated 5.0/5.0 Preeminent Peer ReviewMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerNichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C.1988 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail BoardMember2015 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Family Law SectionBoard of Governors2001 - 2005
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1997 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Prince William County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Fairfax County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Alexandria Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Virginia Family Law CoalitionN/AN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Kings CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974