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Paula Pierce-Nichols

Child custody Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   52 reviews

Licensed for 31 years

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    40%
    Child custody situation got you stressed? Better Call Paula for sincere, straight forward legal help at an affordable price. Relief is a feasible solution that brings peace to your life and reduces the need to go back to court. Better Call Paula!

    25 years

  2. Child support
    40%
    Child support situation got you stressed? Better Call Paula for sincere, straight forward legal help at an affordable price. Relief is a feasible solution that brings peace to your life and reduces the need to go back to court. Better Call Paula!

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Divorce situation got you stressed? Better Call Paula for sincere, straight forward legal help at an affordable price. Relief is a feasible solution that brings peace to your life and reduces the need to go back to court. Better Call Paula!

NATIONALLY RANKED TOP 10 ATTORNEY AWARD IN FAMILY LAW. CALL NOW FOR CONSULTATION.

           Paula Pierce-Nichols is a family law lawyer in Kansas City who helps parents facing child custody and child support issues in Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri.  Does a child custody or child support situation have you stressed? Better Call Paula! 

      Paula who has been practicing law since 1991, received multiple legal awards for her work in Family Law including the 2017 Nationally RankedTop 10 Family Law Attorney Award awarded by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys based on peer nominations and reviews; and the 2017 Who's Who Top Lawyer awarded by Who's Who Legal.

      Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Paula graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in three years instead of four receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with departmental honors. Paula attended the University of Kansas School of Law at the age of 21 on full academic scholarship and graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree at the age of 23, graduating in two years instead of three.

     After graduating law school, Paula worked in the prestigious role of a Judicial Law Clerk for a Judge in Jackson County, Missouri. Thereafter, she worked as a public defender, then as a city prosecutor and civil litigation attorney in the areas of tax and insurance defense in the City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department. Thereafter, Paula worked with a well-known law firm in the areas of personal injury, and medical malpractice. Leaving the firm to raise children, Paula found her passion in family law because family matters. Paula has been practicing family law since 1998.

     Paula is a member of several Missouri Bar associations and involved in the Black Female Attorney’s Association where she serves as a board member. 

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Licensed for 31 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 01/01/2023
State KS
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/08/2022

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

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Paula S. Pierce-Nichols , Attorney at Law
By Appointment Only
By Appointment Only
Kansas City, MO, 64154

Reviews

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Posted by Marie Sanon | October 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SHE IS THE BEST
Divorce is not an easy thing to go through but with the right lawyer by your side you can get through it. She is very compassionate and yet have a strong working knowledge of the legal system.She makes herself available for her client and easy to work with. She’s very understanding and patient I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a divorce . I am glad I chose her to represent me. Thank you Mrs. Pierce-Nichols
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Posted by Kristen | September 26, 2022
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Child Support
Paula is extremely thorough when it comes to matters of child support. I was informed about what the process looks entails and felt prepared for every scenario. I would highly recommend Paula's services to anyone that is in need.
Posted by Daja | March 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chess & Never Checkers
I hired Ms. Paula for my case & I never had any regrets. She knows her expertise and she is well respected. I always felt like my case was a priority for Ms. Paula because there was never a phone call unanswered or returned. Nights, weekends … it didn’t matter. She knew how much anxiety I was experiencing due to being in court and she made sure that she communicated every single detail to me to ease my worries. I started out scared because I was in court with a narcissist & by the end of the case Ms. Paula had me so confident that I literally adapted to her “chess not checkers” mentality! Opposing counsel should pay attention to what Paula doesn’t say because what she does say could all be smoke and mirrors!!! Child custody case? BETTER CALL PAULA!!
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Posted by Ayanna | February 10, 2022
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Investigator
Paula was the ultimate professional! Her knowledge and expertise was phenomenal and gave me the comfort I needed in working with her. She was always available to answer any questions that I had and provided me with thorough information to help me proceed with my case. She was patient, honest and upfront in her communications and allowed me to rely on her for guidance. She came highly recommended to me and I see exactly why! She was absolutely wonderful and a breath of fresh air when it came to handling my divorce!
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Posted by Mina | February 7, 2022
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Highly recommend calling Paula !!!
Paula’s dedication to get you what you need for your family is just one of the many things that sets her apart from other attorneys. She kept me informed at every step, stayed in constant communication with me and always kept it’s 100% honest with what my options were. She really takes the time to learn your case. Paula took a stressful situation and was able to get me everything I requested for my son plus more. She truly goes to war for your family and is an absolute BEAST in the courtroom. On 2 separate occasions there were other attorneys that came up to us before court & informed me of how great of an attorney she is. That alone speaks volumes on the type of attorney is Paula. PROFESSIONAL, RESPECTED and just an overall great person to work with.! Im so thankful that she was able to represent me!
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Posted by Brittany | May 4, 2021
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Best lawyer around, no questions asked
After i was getting the run around on my current family law case, I reached out to Paula. Without a doubt that was the best decision she could’ve made with the circumstances and obstacles of the case. She started from day 1 and is still going strong on working day in and day out on my case. She knows the law and she will tell you from the get go what her opinion is but always is quick to remind you that you are in control and she will fight for what you want. She is very knowledgeable about the care and what entails in raising special needs children and will fight for the children on every level possible to her best ability. Hands down one of the most personable but professional Attorneys around. Nothing but positives all around.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2021
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Top Choice
Since the day I hired her she's been nothing but great from her work to a great person she work side by side with me in my custody case and nailed every thing together with no hesitation she's literally ahead of all her work I like to compare her work ethic to a beast because she literally attacks every key point I'm overly satisfied and you will to
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Posted by Alexis H. | April 21, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer! Highly recommend
I came to Ms. Nichols with a stressful case and a lot of worry. She was more than happy to help and helped ease my mind a lot. She is very passionate about her work and very knowledgeable in her field. She kept me updated through the entire process and in the end, everything worked out perfectly. I couldn’t have gotten through this without Ms. Nichols and appreciate the opportunity of working with her. I highly recommend her services. You will not be disappointed !
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Posted by Sheri Agee | December 26, 2020
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AMAZING!!
Im huge on reviews and especially for such important matters as this and im so glad i listened to what others also had to say. I hired Mrs. Paula for a difficult custody case. She was very professional, compassionate and always went above and beyond for the benefit of my daughter. She saw around corners that I would've been unprepared for if it wasn't for her amazing knowledge to help guide me in this emotionally draining process. My favorite thing about Paula's services was that she was always there...when I needed advice, vent, for understanding- she was very blunt and straightforward with the process and exactly what to expect. I felt as though I wasn't just a number and that she really cared about my daughter and had a true passion for what she does. If I ever need family law services in the future they're will be no doubt who I'll be using.
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Posted by Lori | December 7, 2020
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Modification of Parenting Plan
I am so thankful that I chose Ms. Paula to handle my case. I was very anxious about selecting an attorney to represent me. The attorney that had previously handled my case, who failed me in every possible way, was later disbarred for misconduct. So, I was very worried that I would end up selecting the wrong attorney again. However, after my initial consultation with Ms. Paula, I knew she was different. She is very thorough and doesn’t miss a thing. She is very accessible and you are never left wondering what is going on with your case. She is upfront and honest as well as supportive. She definitely went above and beyond expectations. I highly recommend her and would not hesitate to use her again.
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Posted by Elaina | November 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Choosing the right Family Law Attorney is a very difficult task. Ms. Paula's review led me to chose her and so I also want to leave one for others. I definitely made the right choice for my needs. She was extremely helpful and personable during a challenging and stressful time. She walked me through the process step by step and was supportive throughout the entire process. She was informative, detail oriented, honest, and transparent. You can tell she is passionate about the work she does. There was never a time during my process that I felt alone or that she didn't have time for me. I would recommend her to friends and family!!
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Posted by Davarius | November 17, 2020
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HANDS DOWN THE BEST CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY
I am so grateful, for Ms. Paula's passion, dedication and professionalism. I previously hired a BIG attorney firm before, ( they claimed to represent "Fathers") Ms. Paula, and they failed to deliver ANY results. Ms. Paula is truly the BEST I've ever worked with. At the very beginning with her transparency, understanding of the law, open honest communication, strategic planning and being forthcoming every step of the way to ensure I got the best outcome for my daughter and my case. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work she has done on behalf of my daughter and myself. Ms. Paula was able to tell me from the initial consultant what my options were and what I needed to do in order to come out successful. She did everything and beyond to turn my worst nightmare into a dream come true! I could not be more happier with the outcome of my case! If I could change one thing, I WOULD HAVE HIRED MS. PAULA FIRST!! Thank you again Ms. Paula Pierce-Nichols!!
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Posted by Terrell | October 26, 2020
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As Prepared As They Come
Working with Paula was a very thorough process. Initially, I couldn't wrap my ahead around some of the things (as this is my first civil court proceeding), but with the thorough and detailed gathering of information, I understood more in the end. Ms. Pierce-Nichols was as prepared as they come, and made sure there was a counter for any foreseeable outcome. Although at times we didn't agree on certain things, she helped me understand it from a legal standpoint, as well as how and why it would be best to do things a certain way. Overall, I am satisfied with her services, as well as the outcome of my case. Which ultimately is better for my children. Thank you again :)
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Posted by LaVerna | August 28, 2020
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Parenting Plan/Custody/Child Support
When making the decision to hire a lawyer you are forced in taking a chance that the lawyer will do what they say they will do. I am so pleased to say that Mrs. Paula Nichols is the lawyer you want to hire she is very knowledgeable and doesn't back down when defending your case. She is professional and the representation you will receive will satisfy your expectations abundantly. Mrs. Paula is respectful and keeps you informed by making sure you understand the legal process and what is best in your case. You will definitely come out as the winner with her as your lawyer!
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Posted by Camilah | August 23, 2020
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Over and Beyond
There are not enough words to describe my experience with Ms Paula. But I will say that she was phenomenal! I know she’s a busy woman, but I really appreciate how she made it seem like I was her only client. She was ALWAYS available when I had any concerns or questions about my case. And I am beyond grateful that we had the money to hire. When speaking with the other counsel, she was very professional even when I felt the other lawyer was speaking too aggressive and demeaning. She stayed professional and firm. I was really impressed with how she handled herself. These kinds of family cases are messy and draining. I really appreciated her honesty about my case and what I should expect. I didn’t get everything I wanted but I know I got more than what I would’ve received if I had another lawyer representing me. If you need someone who’s going to fight for what’s best for you and your child, please call Ms Paula!! She has a lot experience and amazing advice!
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Posted by Simone | April 18, 2020
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The Representation you need
Paula is very knowledgeable and very hands on when it comes to representation .She spends the time needed to make sure that you understand your case outcomes and your rights according to the law. She always responds promptly and you always know what’s expected of you and what’s going on with your case. She’s very professional but also personable. I never felt like I was just another client. She goes above and beyond to fight for you. I would refer her to anyone who is going through a divorce and or child custody. You won’t be disappointed with her representation .
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Posted by Justin | January 30, 2020
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I tried to give a 10 star rating but it will only allow 5.
Mrs. Nichols deserves 10 stars. I have hired many attorneys over the years, NEVER have I ever been as satisfied with an attorney as I am with Mrs. Nichols. I feel she went above and beyond what any attorney has on a case for me. I hope to never need her again, but I will be keeping her number on speed dial. Choosing an attorney is an important decision and often times a difficult one to make. I hope this review makes your decision easier. She is the one you want if your case is in her area.
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Posted by Ashley | November 4, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
I would recommend Ms. Paula to anyone who is going through Family Law Matters . She was very professional and personable. She explained everything so that I was able to understand. She took a lot of stress off of me by assuring me of the possible and realistic outcomes of the case.
Posted by Douglas | October 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and conscientious work
Paula helped me sort out a child-support modification as I was living in another state. She did a great job seeing it through to completion. She is a pleasure to work with always quick to respond and follow up. I would definitely use her services again if the need arises.
Posted by Michael Leggett | August 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in KC!
Absolutely the most professional, detail oriented and talented lawyer I’ve had the pleasure of working with. It is never an easy task to go through a custody modification, but Paula’s showed me what a truly engaged and passionate lawyer looks like. She puts her heart and soul into her work and I will appreciate what she did for me forever. Whenever you call her you can reach her and when ever you need to talk to her she will make time for you. I’ve had other lawyers in the past and she has set the bar extremely high, if I ever have to go back to court for another lawyer to take her place. I would say the best thing I have done with my time so far this month is writing this well-deserved review. If you want the best lawyer in KC look no further, she is the right person to represent you.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Paula S. Pierce-Nichols Attorney At Law
  • 1999 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sam Cullen and Associates
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Assistant Attorney
  • City of Kansas City Missouri
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Public Defender
  • Johnson County Public Defeners Office
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Public Defender
  • Missouri State Public Defender System
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • 16th Judicial Circuit Of Jackson County, Missouri
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • University of Kanas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors
  • 1987

Associations

  • Black Female Lawyers Association
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Black Female Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Clay County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • 2017 Who's Who Top Lawyer
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2017
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award in Family Law
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • Jackson County Bar Association Law 101 Session
  • New Family Law Child Support and Joint Custody Parenting Time Changes
  • 2017

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Kansas City Child custody Lawyer Paula Pierce-Nichols
Paula Pierce-Nichols
Child custody Attorney
Kansas City, MO
Licensed for 31 years