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Margaret J. Nichols

Margaret J. Nichols

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About Me

Margaret (Margo) Nichols, a principal of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, P.C., a family law firm in Ann Arbor and Birmingham, has been selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Women in the Law” for 2014.  Ms. Nichols was selected based on her years of service to the Michigan State Bar Foundation (president since 2000) and her excellent representation of family law clients during the past 37 years. Margaret is also the past-president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Michigan Chapter and past-chair of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section. “Women in the Law” is dedicated to saluting high-achieving women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments. 


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Practice Areas


  1. Mediation: 35%
    27 years, 350 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    38 years, 750 cases
  3. Alimony: 20%
    38 years, 200 cases
  4. Child Custody: 10%
    38 years, 200 cases
  5. Arbitration: 2%
    20 years, 12 cases



Hourly ($275-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Carlo J. Martina

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a highly respected, competent attorney.


    Carlo Martina Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard S. Victor

    Margo Nichols was instrumental in bringing the concept of Collaborative Law to the state of Michigan. Her ability to mediate and arbitrate disputes for divorcing couples, in order to avoid expensive and extensive litigation, saves more than just money for a family. She has the unique ability to bring people together, even when they are going through a divorce. Collaborative Law and the way Margo practices it helps men and woman/moms and dads, walk away from the table with the ability to go on with their life, after divorce, without the feeling like they battled each other in a war. Signed Richard S. Victor


    Richard Victor Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Margaret J. Nichols, PLLC

121 W Washington St
Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104


MIActive And In Good Standing197710/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Women in the Law HonoreeMichigan Lawyers Weekly2014
Adult Guardianship & Eldercare Mediation TrainingState Bar of Michigan2010
Michael Franck AwardState Bar of Michigan2002
Furthering Image of the Law with the PublicWashtenaw County Bar Association1996
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateHarris, Lax, Guenzel & Dew1985 - 2010
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Commission on Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts "IOLTA"Commissioner2003 - 2007
Michigan State Bar FoundationPresident2000 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2000 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, Family Court Forum CommitteeN/A1999 - Present
Alzheimer's Association, Great Lakes ChapterPast President, 1999 - 20001994 - 2001
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Michigan chapter)Past President 2005 - 20061984 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair 1990 -19911983 - 1984
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionChairperson, 2000 - 20011977 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Michigan)QDROs, EDROs, and Retirement Benefits1994
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual SeminarAn Alternative Approach to Resolving Disputes:2010
Family Law InstituteHow Can We Divorce When We Can't Sell the House: Birdnesting Basics2009
Family Law InstituteFinishing Touches - Reflections on How to Wrap Up a File2009
Family Law InstituteTax Law for Dummies - Dependent Exemptions2008
Family Law InstituteDealing With Debt In Divorce2007