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Nicole Leigh Aeschleman

Child custody Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
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About Nicole

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CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST

Nicole Aeschleman is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Santa Clara University School of Law where she graduated near the top of her class. 

Academic honors include Phi Sigma Iota (Modern Languages Honors), the Hollace Pugh Service Award, and the Leadership Award. Nicole is conversant in Spanish and is the author of an article entitled “Vienna Convention on Consular Relations: Quo Vadis, America?” published in the Santa Clara Law Review in 2005. Before attending law school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business and worked in the financial field.

Nicole brings to every case her years of experience in a wide range of family law actions involving divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support. She is passionate about the practice of family law and is experienced in working with high asset cases and complex litigation. Her financial background, along with her legal knowledge and experience, has been invaluable in valuating property, dividing of assets and debts, and handling separate property claims and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Her experience also gives her access to experts in a number of areas, which experts are used as appropriate in family law cases.

Location

Aeschleman Law
1550 The Alameda
Suite 308
San Jose, CA, 95126

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by D.A. | March 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome team!
Always impressed with my interactions with everyone at Aeschleman Law. They are kind, caring and practical minded and they provide a great team approach to handling the demands of their clients and cases. The attorneys (Nicole, Mike, Robert and Katie) are knowledgeable and thorough in their work and are always sure to examine all possible scenarios and are very well prepared for whatever comes their way and able to pivot when necessary. Nicole is particularly good at thinking outside the box and I have also found her to be mindful of the fees clients incur in their cases, she is considerate and resourceful in that regard. For example, when appropriate she has one of the paralegals (The Wendys) step in and assist the attorneys at their lower billing rate - that often saves clients significant amounts in fees. It’s clearly a priority for them that their clients to feel protected and well looked after in both the legal aspects of their case and in day-to-day communications with support staff - The Wendys are great and always available and helpful. Being in a situation of needing to hire a family law attorney is no fun, so it sure makes such a difference when going through unfortunate and difficult times to have a strong team on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2024
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| Consulted Attorney
Nicole was amazing!
Nicole was such a blessing for me. I had no idea where, how to start or what to expect. Not only did her experience shine for me but she was very empathetic which for me is just as important as her experience. My consultation prepared me and made my divorce process less anxious as difficult as it was for me. I highly recommend Nicole. She’ll stick by your side and take care of you.
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Posted by Michelle | August 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me with a difficult divorce
My divorce was tricky because my ex-husband was from another country, and he returned before the divorce could be completed. Nicole and her entire crew helped me navigate both the Hague Convention and the pandemic, which shut everything down, with patience and understanding. Michael and Guadalupe were particularly communicative with everything I needed to do/know in order to get the divorce finalized. They made everything as simple as possible under the circumstances, and my divorce was finally complete! I'm so glad that I found the Aeschleman firm.
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Posted by Nick | July 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nicole has helped me two times
I have gone through two court cases with Nicole. Both were child custody. Both times she was attentive and accommodating. She adapted to my wishes and concerns and did the beat she could with a difficult situation. If there is a third time (I really hope there isn’t) I will use her again.
Posted by Lisa | September 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sound Advice and Guidance
After being completely blindsided by my husband, I had to quickly seek advice concerning divorce, custody and inter-jurisdictional issues to protect myself -time was of the essence and Nicole Aeschleman delivered. She is knowledgeable, respectful and most importantly, compassionate. Nicole helped me navigate through the most frightening and tumultuous time in my life and I am forever grateful. For anyone going through a divorce, you not only need a competent lawyer but one that you'll feel comfortable with and trust.
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Posted by Rachel | May 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great integrity and work ethic!
Nicole Aeschleman is one of the most dedicated and fair attorneys I know. We have had to deal with some lawyers who are very harsh and unprofessional, Nicole is able fight to fair and just, she fights for what is best for the kids. I appreciate Nicole's and her team at Aeschleman Law integrity and work ethic. When my innocent children were caught in the ugly mess of divorce/custody battles, Nicole stepped in and help me understand what was going on in a very scary and difficult time in our lives. I felt talking care of and safe. Nicole and her team have gone above and beyond to help me make it through this heart breaking experience having hope for the future.
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Posted by Chris | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Aeschleman Law is a very good law firm. They got me 50/50 custody and a fair time share with my son. Her team is very experienced at what they do. Nicole is very smart at Family law. She got me more than what i expected. I am very happy with the outcome of my case and know she will do what ever she can to have my son be with his father. I highly recommend anyone having a custody battle go with her as your attorney. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Jason | January 17, 2013
Nicole and her staff are exemplary, a guiding light in a dark time.
I just want to start of by saying thank you to Nicole and Malinda for everything they have done for me and my case. Everyone knows that it's never a good situation when you have to turn to an attorney for resolution to a matter. As if the situation itself isn't hard enough, the last thing someone wants to do in a time of grief, is worry about who they can trust to represent them. I don't really do the whole internet review thing, but in this case I feel it is necessary. I was going through a rough family court issue involving my son. I didn't know exactly what to do or how to start the process, so after much research and consideration, I gave The offices of Nicole Aeschleman a call. The phone was answered by Malinda, she was very sweet, pleasant, and professional, as she asked me to explain as best I could, the situation at hand. For the first time I felt like I had a voice. Malinda really listened intently and asked detailed questions that reassured me she understood where I was coming from. After the conversation I scheduled a time to meet with Nicole. I still cannot believe the comfort and ease of the conversation and how pleasant the start of this process was. Fast forward to my scheduled appointment. I was warmly greeted by Malinda at the front desk, and immediately brought to the back to Nicole's office. Nicole was very kind and welcoming as she listened to my story. From that point on, she offered great legal insight and guided me in the direction I needed to go. Nicole's professionalism was admirable, and her knowledge of the process and ways to aid me were exactly what I needed to finally feel peace. When going through rough legal matters, anyone who has been there knows a little bit of peace can be priceless. From the beginning to the end, I was informed of the process, and steps to come. In the fight for my child I needed all the help I could get, and I am thankful I was led in this direction. Nicole helped me get custody of my son, and gave me a foothold in my case. I could not have asked for any better service, or representation. Thank you again Nicole and Malinda, words cannot describe my appreciation. I will always use your office, and I highly recommend anyone else to do the same.
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Posted by Sajid | June 12, 2012
Child custody case
I cannot speak too highly about Nicole Aeschleman and her team. Nicole is very reasonable and will try to negotiate a settlement without having to fight in court. However, if the other party does not want to negotiate, as was what happened in my case, she will (and did) fight very hard for you. In my case, it was a child custody issue. Without going into the complications and many twists and turns that my case took, Nicole and her team (Tristan and Malinda) were there every step of the way. The result was that I got close to 50/50. It is hard to put it into words, but what I ended up getting is set for life, and worth every penny. It is worth mentioning though that in my case, because Nicole fought for me, the judge went against what the mediator recommended (which was not to give me additional time with my child until he was a little older)...the judge gave me that additional time now because she saw that it was necessary for me to have that additional time, now. And it was because of Nicole fighting for me that I got it. I highly highly recommend that you use the law firm of Nicole Aeschleman in whatever aspect of family law that you need. I am a father of a 2 year old son, and I am forever grateful for the groundwork that has been paved for me...now I can enjoy my son and have the time that is absolutely essential. Thank you!
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Posted by SK | November 1, 2011
Fantastic Lawyer
Nicole helped me win a domestic violence ruling for which we went to trial and also working on legal procedures to undergo a divorce. Working with Nicole during the preparation for the case, I found her to extremely compassionate and sensitive to not only my needs but to my entire family’s need who were facing retaliation from my spouse’s family. Nicole was very balanced and always thought ahead for a situation, during the trial, however I saw that she was aggressive without being overly dramatic, she was always looked calm, confident and in control of the situation (which is probably because of the amount of preparation and the due diligence that Nicole put in). Nicole was a thorough professional and was very dedicated to my case. I will recommend Nicole to everyone who is looking for a lawyer who looking out for the needs of the client and not just turning a profit. She is willing to do the right thing, and sometimes she will even protect you from your own actions, she will not just say what you want to hear but ensure that your position comes out the strongest in front of the judge.
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Posted by Manal | May 27, 2011
Great lawyer
6 years ago I had a bad lawyer who was helping my EX-HUSBAND against me by getting money from him and I lost the case. I was really sad because there is no place for justice on earth. Because of my childrens I had to find a lawyer (Human)who I can trust and can understand my hard case. Then I met Nicole 2 years ago to help me in my hard case , divorce, child custody, child support , ...etc. First time I met with her she was clear and she explained every thing about my case and what we can do. She new from the begining that I am telling the truth and my EX was playing games . This is what I was looking for , a lawyer who can see the truth and work with it. She worked very hard and I got full custody of my childrens , also with domistic violence she prevent visitation to protect my childrens from the harm that they had from there father. Nicole she look at each document and think about it and find out if there is trick behind that document. Also she is very sensitive , most of the time you can see tears in her eyes when I tell her more about my case. This tears make her strong to fight for justice . Nicole ike any other lawyers she is looking for income, but when it comes to hard situation she thinks about the case and forget about the money . I saw this in my case, I am low income and I have disabled child and i have no family in USA . Until now Nicole she works on my case , hope we can proof every thing and finish the case and I am sure she is going to do it. Even if my case is done , Nicole will be my sister and close freind that I even trust her on my childrens
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Posted by Cindy | October 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Train wreck - complete waste of time and money!
Unfortunately, Nicole scrambled at the last minute to prepare for my big day. I showed up to court, and she failed to submit my statement on time for the judge to go over our case. Even OC from a different county submitted the week before. Then she told me after the botched court date all her revelations, which was not helpful at all after the fact. After an embarrassing train wreck of a court date, I switched to a new lawyer who was able to settle my case swiftly, empathetically, professionally - without having to go back to court. Literally, achieved nothing with Nicole except for negatively impacting my case. It's a shame that I threw away so much money that could have gone towards my kid when we could have settled out of court.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Nicole L. Aeschleman
  • 2008 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Morgan Duffy-Smith & Tidalgo LLP
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • McManis Faulkner & Morgan
  • 2006 - 2008

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Santa Clara University
  • BSc
  • 2002
  • Santa Clara University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jewish Community Relations Council v. John Arntz, in his official capacity as Director of Elections
  • Motion Granted: Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled that the measure is pre-empted by a state law concerning medical procedures, and therefore the measure was to be removed from the November 8, 2011 ballot.

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Emery Scholarship
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Plaque
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Scholarship
  • Foundation of the State Bar of California
  • 2004
  • Pro Bono Plaque
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Emery Scholarship
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Pro Bono Plaque
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Santa Clara Law Review
  • Aeschleman, Nicole L. Comment. The Vienna Convention on Consular
  • 2005
  • Santa Clara Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2005
  • Santa Clara Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Dinner
  • Comparison of Islamic Law and Geneva Convention on Human Rights
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Nicole
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nicole is an absolute pleasure to work with, as she is professional, courteous, and a wonderful advocate. Nicole is the definition of zealous representation. In my experience in working with Nicole on matters, and observing her in the court room, she has a firm grasp of the law and her practice style is not only focused on advocacy for the client, but on directing the case in the most efficient matter. I believe Nicole is very focused on finding solutions for progress and absolutely recommend her in cases involving complex custody issues, support issues and property issues."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nicole is a spirited, intelligent and knowledgeable family law attorney, capable of grasping issues quickly. I have had the pleasure of working with her on the same case and as opposing counsel on multiple cases, including a very challenging domestic violence case involving children. She cares deeply about clients and their families and advocates strongly for their best interests. I found her to have good instincts regarding when to settle issues and when litigation is needed. Nicole has a great personality and I enjoy working with her. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Nicole L. Aeschleman. I have worked with Ms. Aeschleman for approximately five (5) years. Based on my experiences, she is a zealous advocate that cares not only about her client's legal matters but also about them personally. Moreover, Ms. Aeschleman has a great understanding of family law. Notably, she a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Aeschleman uses her knowledge, experience, and detail-orientated approach to arrive at the best outcomes for her clients."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Nicole many times, both as co-counsel and opposing counsel. She is an aggressive advocate for her clients and extremely knowledgeable of the law."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole Aeschleman is an extraordinary family law attorney. Nicole has vast knowledge in complex financial and custody matters, is compassionate towards her clients and a strategic thinker. Nicole has the experience to negotiate resolutions, as well as aggressively pursue litigation when necessary. I highly recommend Nicole as a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nicole's ability to vigorously advocate on behalf of her clients, all while remaining professional and a pleasure to work with, sets her apart from the rest. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nicole is intelligent, pragmatic and believes in her clients and their cases. I respect her integrity and her professional civility. She is a worthy adversary."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Nicole since I was a law student. In my opinion, she is a highly competent and caring Family law attorney. She has volunteered several hours of her time to assist the community in need of legal advice, which includes legal advice clinics and seminars. I have been very impressed by her depth of knowledge. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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San Jose Child custody Lawyer Nicole Leigh Aeschleman
Nicole Leigh Aeschleman
Child custody Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 18 years