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Nicole M. Thurston

Divorce and separation Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
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About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Marriage and prenuptials

  3. Adoption
    Offer standard adoption for a flat fee

  4. Child custody

  5. Family
    Divorce/separation Child Custody, Spousal Support Prenuptial Agreements Adoption

From a young age, Nicole M. Thurston learned to be versatile, having lived abroad in Spain and Germany with her family while her father served as a U.S. Army Officer. Her mother, a native of Spain, passed on her native tongue, Spanish, to her daughter.

It was those bilingual skills that landed Ms. Thurston a job after law school representing a Spanish-speaking client in a divorce proceeding. She served as co-chair to opposing council, Mahoney & Richmond’s Reeves W. Mahoney and Andrew T. Richmond. Less than 36 months later, they would be working on the same team.

Ms. Thurston's areas of expertise include cases of divorce, support, custody and equitable distribution, same-sex adoption and agency and parent-placement adoption in general, plus pre- and post-marital contracts.

After graduating from Virginia Wesleyan University with Outstanding Senior Awards in both of her majors, Political Science and Spanish (she also recently finished her term on the VWU Alumni Council), Ms. Thurston earned her law degree from Regent University School of Law, where she co-founded Regent’s Hispanic Law Student Association.

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Posted by BL | June 6, 2018
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Outstanding Family Attorney
Nicole Thurston did an outstanding job as my attorney during a recent contested custody battle. Knowledgeable, compassionate and energetic, I appreciated Nicole’s sage counsel during an incredibly difficult and anxious time in my life after I received a summons from my children’s mother attempting to turn me into an every-other-weekend father. Nicole provided excellent guidance and successfully navigated me through the heretofore unfamiliar minefield of family law. I achieved my desired outcome and successfully defended against the petition served upon me. I quickly discovered there are no absolutes in the field of family law, much is open to interpretation i.e. “you never know what will happen in court.” The outcome of one’s case will depend heavily upon the skill and experience of the attorney you choose to represent you. Nicole’s skill and experience are impeccable and I was glad to have her on my side through this process.
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Posted by JGriffin | February 13, 2018
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Amazing job done from start to finish; Nicole is the teammate you NEED going into battle!
I needed a family law attorney for a concurrent divorce and pending military retirement - Nicole and her staff were, and remain, my first choice. She served as guide, counselor, and confidant during this extended journey. Performed amazingly as my advocate with excellent skills at explaining complex legalese in everyday terms. She has a remarkable sense of humor that was handy when explaining difficult topics, and useful to diffuse stressful situations. I appreciated the teams followup on questions and developing requirements, usually on that same day, with quality answers complete with details in clear and concise communications. Nicole and her team provided ability to carry on with life, a value that cannot be put into dollars or commodity. I would recommend her services to anyone I know that wants to play hardball, yet play fairly and meet their obligations. You will not find better talent that wants, and practically needs, your success to be assured- that’s what I paid for, and her services permit me to walk away with my head held high and a clear conscience.
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Posted by Kristi | February 6, 2018
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Nicole is an excellent attorney! Top Notch!
Nicole handled my divorce, she was professional and detailed. If I had a question it was usually answered the same day. In court she was very professional, had all details and was fully ready to represent me. I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent me!
Posted by Lisa | February 3, 2018
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Excellent Family Lawyer
Nicole was amazing to work with for my son's adoption finalization. She was extremely personable, always responded quickly to any questions, calls, or emails, and extremely nice! She made the final stages of our adoption journey amazing!
Posted by Ryan | February 1, 2018
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Ms. Nicole Thurston fights for justice with her heart, mind, and the laws of the land
Since my son's birth, I have had to fight for every opportunity to be a father in his life. It is unbelievably hard to receive equality as a man in the legal system when pertaining to custody and/or visitation of a child. Against these odds, Nicole has been by my side through through the lengthy legal process; guiding, encouraging, and fighting for justice. Her professionalism and knowledge of the law is the only reason that I have the ability to be a father to my son. There is no price that one can put on the joy of parenthood and Nicole brought this joy into my life. Ms. Thurston is an intelligent and strong woman and I would recommend her services to anyone needing a voice in the courtroom.
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Posted by John Doe | August 25, 2017
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She will represent herself, not you.
It still breaks my heart that I used Ms. Thurston as a lawyer. At first, she was thought to be a great pick for a lawyer but after a while, the truth was revealed. She never listened to me. She made comments that seemed like she was listening but she would always do what she thought was the right thing verses helping her client. When I went to her on a couple occasions to talk about what was not working, she would defend herself like she was in court by saying, "Well you said....". I hired a lawyer but all I received was a mediocre mediator that lacked the ability to negotiate. She is a very nice person and on the surface seems like hitting the jackpot when it comes to lawyers but if she was a heart surgeon, I wouldn't be here today.
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Response from Nicole Thurston September 5, 2017
Unfortunately, this is an anonymous client review and I have no way of specifically addressing this client's concerns. However, I will state that we never want any client to feel this way, or to feel that a positive outcome in their case isn't the No. 1 priority. I also strive to keep our clients informed every step of the way. I am sorry that this client had what he or she perceives as a negative experience. This is not typical.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Mahoney Nashatka Richmond PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Poole Mahoney PC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wooten & Shaddock PLC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Intern
  • Wooten & Shaddock PLC
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Garrett Law Group
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Hampton Roads Pride
  • Board member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

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Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Nicole for a decade and had no idea she was fluent in Spanish until a recent client needed an explanation of a settlement last week. English was his second language and Nicole switch right out of English into Spanish to ensure he was confortable with the settlement statement he was signing. She has always been keen and compassionate and has a thorough working knowledge of family law, especially as it relates to real estate transactions. I highly recommend her services."
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Virginia Beach Divorce and separation Lawyer Nicole M. Thurston
Nicole M. Thurston
Divorce and separation Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 12 years