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Paul Francis Nichols

Family Attorney at Woodbridge, VA

4.4   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 46 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 34 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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HELPING FAMILIES – RESOLVING DISPUTES. CALL NOW TO SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY.

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.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C.
12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA, 22192

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Robin | May 6, 2015
Great Attorney - Did what three other attorneys could not do.
Paul Nichols took my case after 3 attorneys walked off my case due to my ex husband's behavior and mental illness. Each attorney that withdrew charged me hefty fees for nothing and each subsequent attorney charged me to re-draft and file the same work. The lawyer before just Paul failed to enter the Pendente Lite which the entire case was predicated on. All the agreements subsequent to the Pendente Lite were not valid. The lawyer that made the error went to court to remove himself from my case leaving me with a disaster and over $60,000 in lawyer fees. After this, my ex husband cleaned out all the retirement accounts and refused to uphold any of the previous agreements. Paul explained to me my case was equivalent to a law exam in law school. He couldn't predict how it would turn out because there were so many anomalies but he would do his very best. Even though this was a stressful time for me, Paul was able to interject humor and maintain a level of professionalism that put me at ease. Paul hires competent people within his office as well. Dana, his para-legal is excellent. Paul got most of the retirement money my ex stole from the accounts returned to me. He also got me a pretty good settlement given the situation. Considering my ex's behavior and mental condition, Paul also went an extra step to protect me and requested my payments for support through Child Support Enforcement to protect me from having to hire another attorney in the future. After 3 attorneys, I found Paul who is honest, very competent and willing to fight for you within reason in court. I highly recommend Paul.
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Posted by Deidre | March 27, 2023
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Couldn’t ask for a better attorney
When it became clear to me that my custody & child support situation was not going to come to a resolution without the courts getting involved, I was referred to Nichols Zauzig by a family friend who had previously had a wonderful experience with this firm while being represented by Paul Nichols. I cannot say enough amazing things in regards to the representation I have received by Paul Nichols. His knowledge of the law and ability to analyze a situation, (sometimes that situation could mean the second right before the court hearing is to begin) and to be able to quickly make the right decision for his client is completely remarkable. I wholeheartedly will continue to put my trust in him and highly recommend to others needing an amazing, experienced, results driven attorney to do the same.
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Posted by Anna | March 5, 2023
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Anna
We are appreciative and grateful for how our son’s child custody case was handled by Paul F. Nichols of the law firm, Nichols Zauzig. Mr. Nichols was the third and final attorney we hired who was finally able to understand the complexities of what proved to be a difficult and traumatic experience for all involved. Mr. Nichols explained everything in terms we could easily understand, was responsive to our questions and concerns and kept us advised of the status of the case. As a result of his exceptional expertise, we now have the opportunity to be grandparents and our son has the opportunity to be a father to his two children who were alienated from us by their mother. Through Mr. Nichols’ adroit understanding of the complex circumstances of this case, he was able to right the wrongs that had been done. His paralegal, Dana Lynn, is outstanding. Ms. Lynn was knowledgeable, compassionate and able to expertly respond to our inquiries and requests. We are all extremely pleased with the outcome of our son’s child custody, visitation and child support case and highly recommend Paul F. Nichols and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2021
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Best decision I ever made...
Mr. Nichols is by far the best attorney I could have hired. From the initial consultation Mr. Nichols was the consummate professional, answering any and all questions I had. He did exactly as he said he would and made this painful journey a lot more bearable.
Posted by Ty | July 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Excellent Firm
When seeking an attorney to represent me in my divorce, I was strongly encouraged to contact Mr. Paul Nichols. Upon meeting him for the initial consultation, I understood why he, and his firm, were so highly recommended. Upon hearing and discussing my situation with me, Paul immediately laid out a “roadmap” for how to achieve our goals. And, I don’t use the term “our” lightly. From the start, I felt that Paul was not just my attorney, but a vested teammate, which was very comforting and reassuring. Paul’s legal knowledge and expertise, guidance and unwavering support through the divorce proceeding made an often tense, trying and volatile case much easier to comprehend and allowed me to see the bigger picture and focus on the ultimate goal. Additionally, Paul and his excellent Paralegal, Dana Lynn, constantly kept me informed at each stage of the proceedings and, if I had questions, readily provided answers. I could not be happier with the representation and legal services provided by Paul and his firm, and I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Ken | June 21, 2017
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Attentive and Extremely Knowledgeable in Divorce Issues
Paul Nichols just represented me in a difficult child support case with my ex-wife that required patience, knowledge of our county laws and knowledge of my case. Paul Nichols negotiated a stoppage of child support based on a change in living arrangements of the child. This is the third time in many years, that Mr Nichols has represented me with divorce issues that needed judge's signature court attention. I originally sought out Mr. Nichols because of his local reputation, but after researching his capabilities, I found that he was a member of Best Lawyers of America, a rating that only .5% of lawyers achieve. That rating made up my mind to contact him. I have never doubted that decision since. Mr. Nichols is attentive in pushing items through the court system and trying to expedite cases for a speedy process. His staff is always available and assist in the whole process of getting information from the courts or getting information to him, to fight on your behalf. His 35+ years of practicing law has allowed him to be a well respected lawyer in the area, with the ability to get things done through established relationships. His negotiation methods are fair and he looks out for his clients best interest always, first and foremost. His communication of case progress is never in question. I would not look for any other lawyers to represent me other than Paul Nichols.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2018
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Not the Lawyer you want
Very Poor service years ago. Mr. Nichols accepted the case then never represented in person in court, rather sending someone on his payroll who lacked experience and ability. Would have switched firms, however the case was very short. When questioned about his lack of representation, he made excuses that didn't add up. Poor service and Poor representation other than the fact he will take your money.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C.
  • 1988 - Present

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Kings College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • Prince William-Manassas Regional Jail Board
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1997 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Board of Governors
  • 2001 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Washingtonian
  • 2013
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2013
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2011
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2010
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2009
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2008
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2007
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2007
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2006
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2005
  • Top lawyers in Family Law in the Washington Metropolitan area
  • Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2004
  • Recognized in the specialty of Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2004
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 1997
  • AV Rated 5.0/5.0 Preeminent Peer Review
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Woodbridge Family Lawyer Paul Francis Nichols
Paul Francis Nichols
Family Attorney
Woodbridge, VA
Licensed for 46 years