Every divorce, custody, or family dispute is challenging and emotional for the individuals involved. Through compassion and communication, Nicole’s personalized approach seeks to reduce her clients’ stress, while assisting in formulating her clients’ priorities and achieving her clients’ goals through settlement or litigation.
Nicole’s extensive experience as a family law gives her a unique and significant perspective that she applies to her practice, and to her work as a mediator and court-appointed parenting coordinator. Nicole believes in settlement as a potential vehicle to accomplish her clients’ goals. However, when negotiation and compromise are not viable, Nicole zealously protects and advocates for her clients in Court.
Even before becoming an attorney, Nicole’s strong desire to serve families and protect children was evident. Nicole worked as a case specialist for Child Protective Services (CPS) which is now the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and for Sojourner Center (a domestic violence shelter) as an advocate.
Following a position managing the legal department of a local non-profit organization, Nicole practiced family law as an associate attorney and later a partner at three boutique family law firms in Phoenix which handled complex divorce and custody cases. After working with Launi Jones-Sheldon for six years, Nicole and Launi continued their partnership and opened the law firm of Sheldon & Stoutner.
Nicole was honored to be appointed as a full-time judicial officer in the Maricopa County Superior Court in August of 2020 and served on the bench for a year before deciding to resume private practice. This experience, along with Nicole’s position as a divorce and paternity mediator for the Maricopa County Superior Court, provide her with valuable experience and insight about the workings of the court and judges’ decision-making processes.
Over the years, Nicole has received numerous awards and recognition related to her work as a family law attorney. She was invited to teach a course on family law as a an adjunct law professor at a local law school. On a regular basis, Nicole authors articles and presents Continuing Legal Education seminars through and for the Arizona State Bar, the Maricopa County Bar, the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence. Topics include family law trial techniques and advocacy, current case law, mental health issues in the family court, autism and the family court, serving minority clients, orders of protection, multi-jurisdictional custody and support issues, and cultural competency.
Nicole is appointed to serve as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court and conducts Alternative Dispute Resolution Conferences, as well as private mediations. She is a trained Parenting Coordinator and appears on the Maricopa County Superior Court Mental Health Roster.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, skiing, travel, sporting events, and most importantly spending time with her family.
Nicole speaks both Spanish and Italian.
Sheldon & Stoutner
11111 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 245
Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 under 40 Honoree||Phoenix Business Journal||2011|
|Managing Attorney of the Legal Department||Fresh Start Women's Foundation||2008 - 2009|
|Case Specialist||Department of Economic Security - Child Protective Services||2007 - 2007|
|Associate Attorney||A Small Phoenix Family Law Firm||2007 - 2009|
|Attorney Case Manager and Mediator||Maricopa Superior Court||2006 - 2007|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Maricopa Superior Court||2005 - 2006|
|Legal Advocate||Sojourner Center||2005 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law (Including Juvenile Law) Section||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona's Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law||Committee Appointed Member||2009 - Present|
|Arizona Women Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law (Including Juvenile Law) Section||President/Chair||2012 - 2012|
|Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association||Board of Directors||2010 - 2011|
|Tumbleweed Center for Youth||Board of Directors||2009 - 2010|
|State Bar of Arizona - Bar Leadership Institute||Selected Participant||2009 - 2010|
|American Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Family Law Section||Vice-Chair||2008 - 2008|
|Maricopa County Bar Newsletter||Ask An Associate...(Monthly Reoccuring Column)||2011|
|Maricopa County Bar Association Family Law Section||Orders of Protection: What You Didn't Know||2010|
|The School Psychologist||Schaeffer v. Weast, New Supreme Court Ruling||2006|
|Arizona State University - College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of Arizona||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Minority Bar Convention||Serving Minority Clients in Family Law||2011|
|Family Law Trial Advocacy||Family Law Trial Advocacy||2011|
|Family Law 101 Series||How the Court Determines Spousal Maintenance and Child Support||2011|
|Arizona Supreme Court||Domestic Violence and Immigrants||2011|
|Arizona Paralegal Conference 2011||The Use of Paralegals in Family Law||2011|
|Arizona Paralegal Conference 2011||Use of Paralegals in Family Law||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education Speaking Engagement||Family Law Trial Advocacy||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education Speaking Engagement||Spousal Maintenance 101||2010|
|2010 Minority Bar Convention||Domestic Violence Among Undocumented Immigrants||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education Speaking Engagement||Representing Domestic Violence Victims||2009|
|Post-Decree Modification of Custody and Parenting Time||Father did not relocate with the children|
|Divorce Case in which Wife was awarded Spousal Maintenance and Full Custody||Wife was awarded alimony & full custody|
|Child Support Establishment||Father not ordered to pay child support arrears|
|Order of Protection in Domestic Violence Case||Ex-Girlfriend's Order of Protection was Upheld|
|Father given more parenting time with child||Father given more parenting time|
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