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Nicole Kessler Ferry

Divorce and separation Attorney at Pensacola, FL

4.4   33 reviews
  • State Years
    Louisiana - LA 23 years
    Florida - FL 24 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2000
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1999
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    A divorce can be the worst time in a person's life. The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one. At our firm, we are committed to bringing our clients through the tunnel into the light. We help good people at their worst.

    23 years

  2. Child custody
    We handle child custody issues in paternity cases (where the parents aren't married) and in divorce cases.

    23 years

  3. Family
    We handle cases involving divorce, child custody, alimony claims, modifications.

    23 years

  4. Alimony
    Alimony keeps the spouse who earns considerably less than the other, living as they did during their marriage. Divorce doesn't equal poverty for either party with the right counsel beside you.

    23 years

  5. Domestic violence
    Domestic Violence is a real threat in today's world. A restraining order can be life saving. It creates a legal shield around the victim. If you are the alleged perpetrator, a Restraining Order is devastating to your future. Call now.

    23 years


Nicole attended LSU for her bachelor’s degree graduating in three and one half years. She remained at LSU to earn her law degree. Her law career began at the Office of the Public Defender in Pensacola in October of 1999. She had 13 jury trials in 2 years, winning all but 4. Nicole branched out to open Ferry & Ferry, P.A. in May, 2002, specializing in family and criminal law. She has had 34  criminal jury trials to verdict, over 100 Judge trials and hundreds of cases that have settled.  Nicole always says that criminal defense and family law go hand in hand. In many cases, if there's domestic violence one partner is arrested and divorce proceedings begin. Or even once a divorce begins, there is domestic violence and either one party is arrested or a restraining order is filed. Our firm can handle both. Nicole and Chris have  been married 18 years, have three beautiful children and make their home in Pensacola, Florida. She is involved in many community organizations such as the Junior League of Pensacola, PTA of NB Cook Elementary, Impact 100, and Pensacola Yacht Club.  


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Client's Choice 2018,2014
Client's Choice
2018 2014


Ferry & Ferry, P.A.
415 N Spring St
Pensacola, FL, 32501-3925


4.4 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than a lawyer
I have known Nicole Ferry since 2015. So, I knew her as an acquaintance prior to hiring her in December 2016. I hired Ms. Ferry as my attorney in a difficult divorce case. From the moment I walked into her office, I was given excellent advice, fair treatment, time and consideration, and much more, peace of mind, security, and comfort. Ms. Ferry takes very detailed notes, and spends a lot of time with her clients. She was available at all times, even in the evening, as it seemed like everything in the world was coming unglued, Ms. Ferry took phone calls, gave advice, and guided me through the entire process. At times, she served as a counselor, in addition to serving as an attorney. I can't say enough nice things about Ms. Ferry. She is extremely professional, smart, well-organized, punctual, and tenacious. I felt strong with her in my corner, and when I was too exhausted to fight, she did it for me. I now consider Ms. Ferry a friend, someone who helped me in one of the most difficult times in my life. If you're looking for a top-notch attorney, please consider this review. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Boby | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing short of amazing
I had the opportunity to meet Nicole and her staff a little over a year ago and at this point, I can say that I couldn't be more pleased with the choice I made to have her represent me. My divorce has been pretty messy to say the least, and I feel like she's had my back the whole way, even to the point where I feel as though she's personally vested in making sure of the best possible outcome for me. She has represented me in a criminal case, several domestic violence cases, all with positive outcomes, and a pending divorce. She and her staff have been such a blessing to me through this very rough patch of my life. Nicole is extremely good at what she does, makes great points, and is able to glean valuable info from hundreds of pages in a short amount of time when the opposing party decides to wait until the last minute to file. She is the lawyer you need to hire! She will go the extra 10 miles for you and make you feel like she's losing hours of sleep at night planning ways to win your case. I can't say enough good about Nicole.
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Posted by Hermie | April 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Nicole
I've hired Nicole as my divorce lawyer in August 2021 and my divorce was finalized in February 2022. This lawyer and her staff are amazing! My questions and emails were answered quickly. I'm also happy with my settlements. Thank you Nicole!!!
Posted by Matthew | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I’m a physician with a high level government security clearance. My spouse filed for divorce and initiated a DVI as a means of gaining an advantage in the divorce proceedings. This removed me from the marital home, removed access to my son, and jeopardized my career, security clearance, and reputation. After two months of having a lawyer who was inactive, I hired Nicole and her team. They quickly reestablished my access to the home and won my DVI case easily. I was able to walk away from the DVI case with access to my son and maintain my security clearance and career without issue. Later Nicole and her team obtained an expeditious and favorable outcome for me in mediation. Additionally, Nicole and her team established good rapport with me during the tense moments during the DVI and divorce process making the hard times of divorce as comfortable as possible. During the process, I have also recommended friends and colleagues who have also seemed to have favorable outcomes so far. I highly recommend the Ferry team for any family legal matters.
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Posted by Brad | February 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding divorce team
Nicole and her paralegal team have been a huge support to me over the two-year period from the time my ex and I decided to file to mailing my final alimony check. Filing for divorce while being stationed overseas (military service) is never easy, but Nicole and her team made it about as easy as one could possibly make it. Despite never meeting her or her team face to face due to my physical distance, I always felt like I had a team in my corner. Either Nicole or her team was quick to respond (usually within the day, or close to one day was the average), and they were able to work with me to set up times to have phone conversations. On the day of my deposition/mediation, Nicole was on time, ready to have me dial-in. She made great recommendations on when to stand firm and when I need to make some concessions. Even after the divorce was finalized, Nicole continued to work with me to ensure all elements of the divorce decree were adhered to by both parties. While I hope that the issues with the divorce are finally over with and I can move on, I know that if something ever comes back up, I will have a strong team and lawyer who I can rely on.
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Posted by Gary | April 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Nicole because the first attorney I hired to handle me divorce was more interested in clocking billable hours rather then working towards a timely end of the process. Nicole was proactive and timely with all aspects of case. She was prompt in responding to any questions or concerns I had. She gave me solid sound advice. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with!
Nicole and her team are worth every penny you will spend! Through the entire process they stayed in touch, answered any and all questions I had quickly and efficiently and were very prepared and ready to take on my case! The office has a family friendly feel that makes navigating your situation more comfortable and easier to handle. Definitely recommend Ferry & Ferry for any family law needs!
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Posted by Barbara | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole is a class act
I hired her mid divorce she was amazing I know I wasn’t her only client but she remembered details about my case and made me feel like I was her only client she is top notch
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nicole is amazing intelligent
I switched attorneys during my divorce Nicole was caring and amazed me with her knowledge she remembers details about my case I’m know I’m not her only client but felt like I was just a class act
Posted by Chris | March 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce decree modification.
She was very professional, passionate and personable in reguards to my case. She even contacted me a couple months after the case was closed just to see how things were going. Her staff was very professional and helpful. I would 100% recommend her to anyone who asked. I hope I don’t require an attorney ever again. However, if I did, I know who I would call.
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Posted by Drew | March 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mrs. Ferry was very thorrough and always preapared. Very sincere and driven while pursuing the best possible outcome. Mrs Ferry and her staff were always easy to contact if I had any questions or concerns. I truly felt like my battle was her battle. I would definitely recommend Nicole Ferry to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Services
I have hired Nicole on 2 different occasions. Each time she has shown extreme professionalism. On both occasions my legal needs were surpassed and I won both cases. I would not consider using another attorney. Nicole is an artist with how she uses her words. You will never regret hiring her services. Your only regret will be if you use someone else.
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Posted by Mark | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I am SO lucky to have her as my attorney!
I have some experience with attorneys. Nicole Ferry is in a small group I have titled “My Very Favorite Attorneys”. Out of that very small group, she is definitely my Very Favorite regarding the issue I hired her for; child custody. I’m pretty sure she’d be my favorite in other areas as well, if I had the misfortune to require her services. Beyond the law, of which she is an expert of course, she has shown she recognizes the humanity of the related issues. Nicole Ferry‘s staff are obviously carefully hand-picked, too. They have all proved themselves to me to be true professionals. There is no “drama” in that office - it is all work, and they all care.
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Posted by Laura | February 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Lawyer
Nikki is an excellent lawyer. She is honest, dependable and trustworthy. I had a difficult divorce and she guided me through some of the hardest times and reassured me that everything was ok. She is quick to respond to ANY question you may have. I would recommend her to anyone who is going through a divorce. Her staff is also very friendly and hard working. They are all there for you and on your side.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Just wonderful
Ms. Ferry and her staff are very professional, responsive, and caring. She was well-prepared for my divorce trial, and presented a clear argument that highlighted the critical factors and evidence in my case. Her cross examination of my ex is something I will never forget.
Posted by Dave | November 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
#1 Pensacola Divorce Attorney
Nicole and her staff were always professional and did exactly what they said they were going to do from the beginning. When I was struggling with each step I felt very comfortable speaking with them. They earned my trust. I trusted them to handle the divorce fairly and to protect me and my kids. They did. They always gave me a realistic idea of what will happen. They made each very frustrating, confusing step into a simple, "done and over" matter. I highly recommend Nicole Ferry. She has my vote for the number one divorce attorney in Pensacola.
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Posted by Troy | July 15, 2015
Ferry and Ferry = Great Experience
Mrs. Ferry went to bat for me and handled all the tough matters with ease. Divorce is never fun but it is comforting to know that a great lawyer is behind you. The Ferry team was quick to respond to questions, friendly to work with, and got the job done!
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2015
Above Expectations
Mrs. Ferry represented me in my divorce. She was easy to talk to too and explained the entire process so I knew what to expect. She also represented during a domestic violence case which led to my filing for divorce. She helped me every step of the way during this very hard time in my life. She listened to my concerns and supported my decisions. Mrs. Ferry responded quickly to emails and calls. She was aggressive in her representation and great to work with. In both of my legal cases, she secured rulings that were very much in my favor. Her staff was helpful and kind during the stressful process. I would not hesitate to work with her again or to recommend her to others.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2015
Amazing attorney and office staff!!!!
Let me start by saying Nicole Ferry is not only a great attorney but a wonderful, caring, person in general. I have been going through a very complex divorce and when I say complex that's an understatement. I had initially hired a different attorney in Pensacola, my 2 hearings with him were a complete nightmare and he might as well had not even been there. I fired him that day and called Ms. Ferry's office her staff got me in to see her the next day. She was very attentive and before our meeting was over I knew that she was the right attorney for me. 2 years into this and as difficult as it has been Ms. Ferry still remembers things I told her the very first time we met without me even saying anything. I have nothing but positive things to say about her and her staff. The staff is as wonderful and caring as she is. She has been on top of everything every step of the way. Divorce is never easy or pleasant but I can say I have always felt very confident with Ms. Ferry's skill and knowledge of family law and she is not afraid to get out there and fight for you. Your not just another client she really cares about you and it shows. I can not understand why any one would say anything negative about her. I can say she has worked with me and my case beyond what I ever imagined. I would recommend her to anyone that is in need of a GREAT attorney, because she is!!!
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2014
An Excellent Fit
I asked an attorney friend to recommend someone to represent me during my divorce. I mentioned that I wanted someone that was ethical and assertive but not cutthroat. Without hesitation, the recommedation was made for me to take to Nicole Ferry. Mrs. Ferry and I met and she represented all throughout my divorce mediation and also through my shared parental responsibilty negotiations. I found her to be compassionate, reponsive, ethical, and very professional. I would recommend her to anyone for representation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ferry and Ferry
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Vernis & Bowling
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender 1st Circuit
  • 1999 - 2001


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Louisiana State University
  • Bachelor or Arts,
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Prevailed
  • JUDKINS and JUDKINS v. GE Capital Corporation
  • State of Florida v. John Burt


  • Impact 100
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers Escambia County)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fiesta of Five Flags
  • Member Board of Governors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Junior Leauge of Pensacola
  • Legal Advisor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pensacola Yacht Club
  • Commodore
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2018
  • ODK
  • Panhallenic counsel of LSU
  • 1995
  • Order of Omega
  • Panhallenic Counsel of LSU
  • 1995
  • Psi Chi
  • Louisiana State University Political science department
  • 1995
  • Recipient
  • National Honor Society
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (12)
Endorse Nicole
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mrs. Ferry on both large and small cases. She is a pleasure to work with because she is honest and hardworking. She is a strong advocate for her clients and really elevates the level of play. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the opportunity to practice against Nicole Ferry in several family law cases, both contested and uncontested. She is extremely knowledgeable of the law, she is an excellent litigator, and has the experience to handle complex family law litigation cases. She has effective trial technique as well as strong negotiating skills at the right time and for the best interests of her clients. Most importantly, I have a lot of respect for Ms. Ferry because she vigorously represents her clients while adhering to the utmost ethical standards."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have litigated numerous matters with Nicole. She ethically advocates for her client's best interests and will obtain the best results possible for them."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Nicole Ferry numerous times over the years. She is very knowledgeable and prepared and is a zealous advocate for her clients. I have also been the mediator on cases where she is representing family law clients. She provides excellent representation for her clients and is a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is always professional and courteous. She works hard to resolve cases/issues quickly and fairly."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"Nicole is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney. She delivers high quality representation for her clients and has a keen understanding of the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Nicole on multiple occasions over the past 15 years. She is both competent and pragmatic. She works as a problem solver and she returns my telephone calls which is always the first step to avoiding needless litigation. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Such a wonderful spirit and is truly dedicated to clients."
Alimony Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a fantastic family law attorney who works well with her clients as an advocate to achieve a fair and equitable resolution to difficult conflicts."
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