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Nicole Nuzzo

Family Attorney at Costa Mesa, CA

4.0   12 reviews

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About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Custody proceedings can often be one of the most straining processes for both children and parents. Whether your case involves the establishment of a custodial schedule on a temporary basis pending a divorce or a request to modify custody or a parent

    12 years, 150 cases

  2. Child support
    25%
    California law requires that each parent support his or her children to the best of his or her ability. The proper amount of child support is determined by the use of a statutory statewide formula which considers the income of both parties, the time

    12 years, 150 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Providing representation with regards to divorce, dissolution, and legal separation.

    12 years, 150 cases

  4. Family
    25%
    Providing representation with regards to family law matters including but not limited to divorce, adoption, guardianship, premarital agreements, postnuptial agreements, custody,visitation, spousal support, and child support.

    12 years, 150 cases

I am designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist. I am a partner with Farzad & Ochoa, Family Law Attorneys, LLP. 

I assist individuals in their complex family law matters involving child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, domestic abuse, and characterization and distribution of assets and debts.  I pride myself in acting as an aggressive advocate for my clients, promoting settlement and always ensuring that we are prepared to litigate a case if necessary. 

Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/29/2022

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

Contact Nicole

Nicole Nuzzo
611 Anton Blvd.
Ste. 480
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

Reviews

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Posted by Lisa | July 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Nicole was the right choice to handle my recent divorce proceeding. She was professional all the way through and I am very happy with the results of my case. She took charge from the beginning and although we were on opposite sides with an attorney, a forensic accountant and an ex-husband who wanted to challenge our positions every step of the way, Nicole did not back down ever and always fought for me to get me the best result possible. She did not sugarcoat anything - she explained my positions from a legal standpoint and if the laws were not on my side on a particular issue, she explained why. She is extremely thorough in her preparations and was always several steps ahead of the opposing counsel, which worked to our advantage. I wanted to get through the process as quickly as possible and I provided everything in a timely manner and Nicole and her team took it from there. I felt that we were a team working toward the same goal and we settled the case in about a year. There was never a time when I was waiting on her to get something done; Nicole was always on top of things and always returned calls or responded to emails quickly and efficiently. Nicole is very knowledgable about family law and really understands the legal environment in Orange County. During my case, she moved from a larger firm to a smaller, boutique family law practice as a partner. She explained her decision to do this as her wanting to have a better ability to serve her clients in the most favorable way possible, and I did find this to be the case after she made the transition. Nicole makes sure that whoever is assisting her in her practice is competent and professional. I was referred to Nicole through a family member who knows her from her work on the Orange County Bar Assoc. Ethics Committee. When opposing counsel or my ex became combative, Nicole firmly pointed out our positions, backing her assertions with facts based in law, and never tolerated disrespect or unethical behavior on the part of opposing side. She always handled any conflict with a firm understanding of the law, and a high standard of ethics. The opposing side knew that she was a force to be reckoned with, but she was never disrespectful and always expected propriety from everyone on both sides. Nicole conveyed confidence, integrity, and professionalism throughout the year-long divorce process. Nicole made sure that I understood what the future may hold in regard to modification of my court orders and she worked diligently during the proceeding to document all pertaining facts and to make sure that whatever may come later would be prepared for with substantial evidence and information relevant to my case. Nicole was also very responsive to my questions and inquiries and has remained so even though my case is now complete. I know that I can always count on her if I need her in the future. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an intelligent, ethical, knowledgable family law attorney who will guide and advise them through what is very likely an emotionally difficult and challenging time. Nicole had the right amount of empathy for what I was going through, but also knew how to steer me toward getting to the end result - freedom from a marriage that was not working. Nicole made sure that I would have a future with the financial support that I deserved after a long term marriage and she really wanted the best for me personally, which I really appreciated. I always felt that she was on my side from start to end and I am very happy that she represented me. Nicole is a great family law attorney and she is a credit to her profession. Thank you Nicole!
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Posted by Michelle | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
I had a difficult, complicated case with a past divorce issue, back child and spousal support and a home with a lien on it. Nicole was amazing, articulate, knowledgeable and creative in handling my case. I would highly recommend her. I have had many other law firms try and help me, but she was the only one who went above and beyond to settle all the issues and allow me to move on. I am forever grateful to have worked with her.
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Posted by Donald | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
It is wise & ultimately cheaper to have the best lawyer on your side.
Going through a divorce just plain sucks but the process can be made less painful if one makes the very wise and ultimately very cost effective decision to have one of the best divorce lawyers in Southern California working for you. This is especially important if minor children are involved or large estates. ( Save money by taking a cheaper vacation- not getting a cheaper lawyer.) I was referred to Nicole by my corporate law firm and I did research on her and was pleased to find she qualified as a Certified Family Law Specialist from the California Bar- the best of the best in divorce work. Nicole was indeed the smartest lawyer in the room and just as impressive to me was her firm commitment to the ethical practice of law that was as strong as her commitment to me as her client. She also had an amazing sensitivity to how stressful and emotion laden the entire process was for me even though I was the one who initiated the divorce. I would recommend Nicole in a heartbeat. Divorce is an unpleasant event no matter how bad you want to get the divorce. There is an old saying that having brain surgery and getting a divorce are two times you want to have the most mature, experienced and knowledgable professional working for you. Nicole Nuzzo would the best divorce lawyer you could have helping you successfully navigate through a divorce.
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Posted by Eron | December 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Intelligent, Aggressive and GREAT Attorney
I retained the firm of Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, and had the pleasure of working Nicole Nuzzo. Nicole took a hands on approach to my case, and took the time to get to know me and the details surrounding my situation. She was always available to answer my calls and emails, and always explained things thoroughly. She was thoughtful in her strategies, very detailed and always kept me Informed every step of the way. She was able to work with my limited budget, and used my funds to support my case methodically. Ultimately Nicole was successful in obtaining my desired outcome and I couldn't be happier!
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Posted by Patricia | December 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
The divorce process is a road nobody ever expects to walk, but when it occurs, seeking the expertise of a top Family Law Attorney is a must. It is a pleasure to recommend Nicole Nuzzo, Attorney at Law, who demonstrated tremendous intricate knowledge of the law to obtain the best possible outcome for my divorce proceeding. Ms. Nuzzo's careful recommendations and insights enabled navigating, not only through present concerns, but also protections for future financial concerns in the final divorce decree. Nicole Nuzzo guided the divorce process with knowledge, fairness and respect. At a time in my life of extreme duress she was brilliant, compassionate and went above and beyond my expectations.
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Posted by JW | December 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer for Family, Divorce and separation
Nicole Nuzzo was my attorney for an unusually complicated divorce - child support, spousal support, property division, business assets, custody and etc. She is not only dedicated to her clients , her knowledge of the law is impeccable in court. Also she is always one step ahead. Nicole was truly an advocate for my complicated and life changing situation and for my children and I's well being and I will never forget it. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Brian | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Spousal Support Relief
Nicole and her primary Legal Assistant, Kristi, were a joy to work with. Nicole gets a rating of Excellent in all areas. First and foremost, I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case (and what else matters when one hires an attorney?). The lines of communication were always open. Nicole and Kristi returned emails promptly and telephone calls always took place as scheduled (i.e. they were never delayed or canceled). This is important because I often scheduled time away from work for the calls. I appreciate the fact that Nicole was very respectful of my time. Also...Nicole's initial analysis of my case turned out to be accurate (based on the final outcome). This is important because I did not wish to spend a large amount of money on attorney fees if I didn't have a good chance at a positive outcome. Nicole said I had a strong case from the beginning and her position never waivered. Her high degree of confidence helped comfort me throughout the process and helped assure me my time, energy and money would not be wasted. This was a very stressful process for me, but Nicole's confidence helped me keep my stress level in check. For all of Nicole's work, guidance and counsel, I am extremely grateful. Thank you Nicole (and Kristi)! Keep up the great work! Brian
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Posted by Kim | August 26, 2013
If I could give Nicole 10 stars I would!
I have been working with Nicole for over a year and I can not express in words what an exceptional attorney she is. She is a talented, trustworthy and intelligent attorney who also cares about her clients. She knows family law code like the back of her hand, and she isn't intimidated by any other lawyers in the field. She has handled my case as if I were a member of her family, and she has won every "battle" along the way. She has the ability to think outside the box and the foresight to include things that may come up in the future as part of current stipulations she is writing. She advises you the best ways to keep your fees as low as possible, while providing the best representation around. Between her no-nonsense approach to the law and Paul's litigating skills, they are a force to be reckoned with. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to hire a family law attorney, you would be lucky to have Nicole Nuzzo on your side.
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Posted by Glenn | August 18, 2013
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Nicole and the team at Paul Nelson & Associates have done a great job in guiding me through the minefield of Family/Divorce law. Nicole is incredibly dedicated, performs above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis, and some how is right on top of the latest details of every mind-numbing facet of my case. She and Paul make a great team. Given I have to go through this process, I'm glad I have a great team.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Do not hire
Completely unprofessional. Nicole Nuzzo was rude & condescending right from the start of our conversation. She talked over me, talked down to me, wasn’t willing to listen and was insulting. To top it off, Nicole decided to give me her personal opinion (after only 30 min on the phone) that “The writing is on the wall… your marriage isn’t going to work”… I hadn’t asked for her fortune-telling advice on whether my marriage was going to work out, as we were talking about a postnup. Also, I mentioned advice I received from another attorney who’s a professor, Nicole quipped back at me in a condescending tone, “Yeah, I’m a professor too... that doesn’t mean anything” (great way to promote yourself Nicole). All of this was done on our first consultation call, where I was looking to potentially hire her/ her firm. For being in family law, Nicole completely lacks compassion for other human beings while they’re going through what is likely people’s scariest, most stressful & saddest time in their lives. Don’t even bother paying for a consultation with her! Save yourself the money & frustration.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really bad
Don’t waste your time talking to her. Nicole is really, truly clueless. I don’t understand how she passed the bar.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Over litigants
I retained Nicole Nuzzo for an uncontested dissolution matter. Nicole was overly and unnecessarily aggressive, She over litigated my case and over billed. She did not listen to my concerns and basically just ran the case how she wanted to. The end result was that I was grossly overcharged for the results that my exhusband and I had agreed to from the start.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Bremer & Whyte, Brown & O’Meara, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dishon & Block
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Paul J. Nelson & Associates
  • 2012 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor- Community Property
  • St. Francis School of Law
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Office of Timothy Krantz
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Schwartz Heidel Sullivan, LLP
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Extern
  • San Diego County Superior Court- Family Law Facilitator
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Session Assistant to Senator Serphin Maltese
  • New York State Senate
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Marrazzo & Dollard
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor- Cum Laude
  • 2011
  • State University of New York, College at Oneonta
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008

Associations

  • ProVisors- CSM Group
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of Professionalism & Ethics Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Provisors
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Elite OC
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Laura's House- Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - 2014
  • State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section
  • Orange County Standing Committee Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Southern California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Southern California
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Appointment to Professionalism & Ethics Committee
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS)
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2017
  • 2015 Advanced Family Law Course - Certificate of Attendance
  • California Family Law Report
  • 2015
  • Certifcate of Completion
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy - Family Law
  • 2015
  • Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2011
  • Distinguished Honor Roll
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP Client Newsletter
  • Child Support Termination Could be Basis to Increase Your Spousal Support Order
  • 2014
  • Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara,LLP Newsletter
  • Cohabitation Could be the End to Your Spousal Support Order
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Provisors CSM Meeting
  • Member Spotlight
  • 2017
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Ethics for Immigration Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law Critical Race Theory Panel
  • Effect of Felon Disenfranchisement Laws in the Electoral Process
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Nicole
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nicole is hard working, professional and passionate about getting the right results for her clients. She is creative, detail oriented and goes the extra mile to achieve her clients' goals. I strongly endorse Nicole!"
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Nicole. She is smart, articulate and professional. She is a credit to her firm and they are very fortunate to have her."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nicole was opposing counsel on a very complicated move away case. The custody evaluation was against her client but that did not stop Nicole from arguing very forcefully for her client and not backing down from a very difficult case. When it came to trial, Nicole put together a very compelling case and handled her witnesses and exhibits expertly. She put on one of the best custody cases I have seen in 20 years."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. She pays excellent attention to detail. She is a skilled and compassionate attorney who strives to zealously represent her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a no-nonsense attorney who knows how to get the job done economically and accurately. Get her in YOUR corner, because you don't want her in the other one...trust me."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a friend and colleague. She is passionate and dedicated to her clients. She understands problems and has solutions. A great advocate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole is a fantastic family law attorney. She is extremely passionate about her work and provides her clients with individualized care and attention. Her abiltiy to tackle complex issues is evident in negotiations and hearings. I highly recommend Nicole to those in need of a divorce or family law attorney in the Orange County area."
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