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Family Law Testimonials

“Paul Nichols represented me in a difficult child support case that required patience, knowledge of county laws and of my case. His 35+ years of practicing law allowed him to get things done through established relationships. This is the third time in many years, that Mr Nichols has represented me with divorce issues. He looks out for his clients best interest always, first and foremost.” – Ken, Avvo review

“Paul Nichols representation in my divorce was nothing less than outstanding. After a difficult break up and separation, Paul was able to get the best settlement terms I could possibly have hoped for. Now I am able to move on with my life without the worry and stress of an elongated court battle or excessive financial burden. If you want the best, hire the best…Nichols, Zauzig and Sandler P.C.” – Ed Warford, Google review

“I know me and my children are in good hands until they become adults because of the handling of my case and the attention to detail…I will tell anyone looking for high quality legal representation in Northern VA to stop looking and retain Cassandra Chin.  I’m almost missing her and the team. They actually cared about me and my kids and were not focused on padding their own pocketbooks at our expense. A rarity in this field.” – Lisa Chambers, Google review

“After 3 attorneys, I found Paul who is honest, very competent and willing to fight for you in court. Paul also went an extra step to protect me and requested my payments for support through Child Support Enforcement to protect me from having to hire another attorney in the future.” – Robin, Avvo review

“She kept close contact with my other attorney in different state to make the process smooth and minimize the negative effects on me. She was thorough, timely and always was available to answer questions. Due to her diligent effort, the legal process in another state was shortened by several months – her accuracy and timing has saved me time and money. Ms. Chin is among the best family attorneys in Northern Virginia. I would recommend Cassandra to anyone.” – Ar. Ni., Google review

“From the start, I felt that Paul was not just my attorney, but a vested teammate, which was very comforting and reassuring. Paul’s legal knowledge and expertise, guidance and unwavering support through the divorce proceeding made an often tense, trying and volatile case much easier to comprehend and allowed me to see the bigger picture and focus on the ultimate goal.” Ty Murray, Google review

“I was referred to NZS by a local judge. My second marriage was headed for divorce, prompting my first wife to file for custody of my daughter. Ms. Chin always presented a compelling argument and exuded complete confidence in the courtroom. Her personal dedication to my case exceeded all expectations. Cassandra also has a supporting cast that makes it seem like you are her only client.” – Eric, Avvo review

“I worked with Andrew Taylor through a very tough divorce that involved one military parent, an already existing PSA, alimony, child support and custody. Mr. Taylor not only helped to reassure me along the way but had research and case laws to validate our trial strategies. I could not be more pleased with the outcome and am thankful I chose to work with this law firm.” – Maria McDonough, Google review

“I’ve recommended Paul Nichols to several of my friends and acquaintances. He is an excellent family law attorney. The reason why I refer Paul is because in every instance, no matter how difficult, he consistently delivers an excellent settlement for his client. In the back of my mind, I think of him as a kind of avenger for spouses who are treated unfairly during divorce.” – Bill Root, Facebook review

“Cassandra was informative, concise and effective in guiding me to what available options were on my case. She advised me when options were not going to have a high chance of success as well as took the time to support my schedule and to be flexible in meetings that were important to my case. I highly Recommend her as both an ethical lawyer and highly professional for anyone in need of a good lawyer.” – Br. Sc., Google review

“Having worked with 4 different lawyers prior to being referred to Nichols Zauzig Sandler I can say that there are definitely some BAD lawyers out there. You will not find a bad one at NZS. I only wish I had found them earlier as I’m confident that my case would have resolved itself sooner and more efficiently.” –  Brian S., Google review

“Cassandra took the burden off my shoulders from the first we met in her office until the end. She gave me the confidence and peace of mind that allowed me to heal and focus on other priorities in my life. I can’t thank Cassandra and her exceptional team enough for giving me and my family a refreshing new start. She is one of a kind!” – A.

“I have used Paul Nichols and his team for decades.  They are extremely knowledgeable and competitively priced for the services they provide.  Their office is professional and the fact that they have been in business for over 30 years speaks for itself.  Use The Nichols, Zauzig and Sandler Firm for all of your legal needs…. You won’t be sorry.” – Brandon Wince, Google review

“Mrs. Chin helped me through a potentially painful and costly divorce in a professional and efficient manner. She had excellent advice and is obviously an expert in her field. She was recommended highly to me, and I enthusiastically recommend her as well.” – D.

“My mother hired Ms. Chin after almost a year with another lawyer. Ms. Chin was able to get a resolution in less than six months – enabling my 72-year-old mother to get on with her life. Her professionalism and personal demeanor helped put my mother at ease.” – Lori, Avvo review

“Ms. Rice handled my divorce, custody and visitation of my children. I am a former military wife. Ms. Rice exhibited extreme knowledge about military retirement and benefits. She was aware of and prepared the special orders required to divide military retirement accounts. She and her staff were always responsive to my calls, answered my numerous questions and gave me legal advice that was always accurate.” Avvo client

“Please know how VERY much I appreciated your guidance throughout this case. I know for you it’s your job and part of a daily routine, but for me it was all very traumatic. I am so thankful this is all over and that I had you in my corner throughout the entire experience.”  Avvo review

“Highly recommend, Nichols, Zauzig and Sandler. Totally professional, great people, took care of my case quickly and efficiently. Call them…you’ll thank yourself that you did!” – M.S., Google review

“I’m leery of lawyers, especially divorce lawyers. But Cassandra put those concerns to rest. She is singularly professional and focused not on squeezing every last dollar out of a client, but rather providing high-quality service with the client’s best interests at heart.” John, Avvo review

“Ms. Chin is an excellent lawyer and provides excellent advice and service. She is professional, straight forward, detailed, and was very responsive to my request. One of the best lawyers in Virginia.” C.

“Cassandra Chin demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and provided me excellent advise and counsel to keep me level-headed during difficult and emotionally charged times. I felt Cassandra Chin looked after my long-term best interest, often suggesting the pragmatic option that would save money and deliver the best result.” K.

“Cassie is a good lawyer who has shown the initiative to not only be an excellent advocate for her clients, but also has taken an active role in Bar leadership, and leadership within the family law community.” – Fellow lawyer

“Ms. Chin is fair, balanced, trustworthy and when she says she’s going to do something you can count on her to do so. Cassandra and her professional reputation is held in very high regard in the legal community and state in which she practices.” S.

Personal Injury Attorneys Testimonials

“After seven surgeries, our teenage daughter was left with a disability needing lifelong attention. We thought we needed a D.C. law firm until NZS was referred to us. Their reputation, the warm, comfortable office environment and our initial meeting with Claire convinced us we didn’t have to go downtown. Our case was highly emotional, and the care factor was there from the start; Claire really listened—we knew this wasn’t a “catch and release” kind of law firm. No matter how emotional it became or how long my emails were, I knew Claire would take what I was feeling and transfer it to something meaningful for our case in the end. Claire is sympathetic to your concerns but doesn’t let emotion fracture her judgement. Her knowledge base and experience with courts, depositions and insurance companies made a real difference for our outcome. Through it all, she made our daughter feel comfortable and helped prepare her for the road ahead. I can’t recommend Claire and Nichols Zauzig Sandler highly enough.”   – Mother of teenage client with life-altering injuries from a UTV accident

“I was involved in a multi-car accident on 95 caused by a tractor-trailer. I had neck and back injuries, and nerve damage. But I had to bounce around several doctors for a couple of years to find out what was wrong.

Once Claire was involved, she uncovered a lot of issues by reviewing my records and talking to doctors. She got the doctors on board, which brought me a lot of relief, not just physical, but mental too. She and Rachelle did a lot of research and digging and that gave me relief—to know someone was working on it even when I was too tired to work on it myself.

I can’t say enough about that team. I would recommend them to anyone.” – Former personal injury client

“Claire did a wonderful job on my personal injury case. She spoke for me when I could not speak for myself. She took action that I didn’t even realize was available to me.
Claire explained the legal process in a manner easily understood by a layperson, but was not at all condescending.
Because she prepared me so well for my deposition, I was able to remain calm and unflustered when the opposing counsel posed seemingly confrontational questions at a rapid-fire pace. I recommend you guys all the time.”
– Former personal injury client

“Chuck and Melissa,

For the last two and a half years, you and your team have taken the time to listen to us, guide us and helped provide clarity when things made little sense. Our questions were always met with the highest level of professionalism and honesty and you continually kept me informed of any changes with your undivided attention.

Thank you for being sensitive to my needs, working alongside my uncle, and for taking the time to understand our family’s cultural variations. I could not have asked for better legal counsel.

With gratitude,”  – Note from a former medical malpractice client

“I appreciate all the kindness and caring you showed for me. I was in awe watching you and Chuck in action. I would never want to be opposite you guys.”- Former medical malpractice client


“Thank you for all you did to help us reach a successful settlement. Sincere thanks for a job well done.” – Former medical malpractice client


“Ms. Ray, Thank you helping me. Your friend,” –  6-year-old medical malpractice client