Client Testimonials

We invite you to find out more about what it’s like to work with us.

Our clients say it best.

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FAMILY LAW 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE 

PERSONAL INJURY

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.

Criminal Defense Testimonials

“Mr. Hollingsworth provided me with the best possible service and legal assistance.  Him and his team where always reachable to answer the many questions I had throughout the whole process and he went the extra mile to continue to help me months after it had been resolved.  I highly recommend Mr. Hollingsworth and his associates, you’ll get the absolute best assistance possible and they genuinely care about their clients.” – Maddie Touchet, Google review

“Mr. Hollingsworth did an amazing job on my case. He was able to give me an idea of the direction we should go with the case. Once we had all the information he was able to help me make an educated decision on what we should do next and because of waiting to get all the information he was able to get my cased dismissed. I highly recommend Mr. Hollingsworth and his team for all of your legal needs.” – Kevin Loughery, Google review

“I can’t begin to say enough about Mr. Hollingsworth and the great job he did in representing my daughter over a youthful indiscretion that could have haunted her the rest of her life if it weren’t for him.Don’t let Mr. Hollingsworth’s calm, relaxed and personable demeanor fool you: he will fight very hard and relentlessly for his clients. During the 90 minutes we were in court prior to the trial, unlike other attorneys who were looking at their cell phones, Mr. Hollingsworth  was in negotiations with the prosecutor, talking with the sheriff and conferring with other attorneys in order to find the best strategy to deal with the prosecutor that didn’t like pleas and our fair but tough judge.” – Bill McIntyre, Google review

“I want to thank Mr. Hollingsworth for his professionalism and competent support. His unique approach and straight forward advice in solving complex cases makes Michael a person that will always look for the client’s best interest.” – Rodrigo Valdivieso, Google review
“Michael worked on my son’s criminal defense case. The final result was better than expected, but what I liked was the way he dealt with us. Straight forward and no bulls***. I prefer straight forward talkers that don’t beat around the bush and tell it like it is. That’s exactly what we got. I would hire him again in a minute.”- Lawrence, Avvo review

“This law firm was recommended by a friend.  I was really impressed. We were called back very fast with helpful information.  Sometimes you really need to have good help like this to get answers you need. We really enjoyed everyone we met here and they made us all feel so comfortable.  They solved every problem and I can’t say enough about how timely they were. I would highly recommend.” – mbvargo, Google review

“Mr. Hollingsworth is the real deal 10/10 I recommend him to everyone that needs a criminal law attorney and if I were to get in any trouble he would be the #1 person I’d reach out to. He explained to me all the options I had & voiced his opinion to me about what was best for me for the future, throughout the entire time at court he was so confident and determined to help me out as much as possible. The outcome was so much better than I had expected… Great first experience with an a lawyer, once again thank you for everything you have done Mr. Hollingsworth” – Windy Sandoval, Google review

“Michael, You gave more support to me and my family throughout this ordeal than anyone else with the exception of my son. I will always consider you to be one of the best people I’ve ever met, as well as one of the sharpest/skilled …Thank you so much for all the support and time you spent working to get what I see as the best outcome given the circumstances.” – TW, Avvo review

“We hired this law firm based on a recommendation of our friend who is also a lawyer. We needed answers in the very late night and they actually were there to help us. Mr Hollingsworth knows so many people in the area and has great rapport with everyone that problems are quickly solved. We got the help we needed late at night. He was so relaxed in court and made us all feel so much more at ease. We never worried or had any unanswered questions.” – Mary, Avvo review

“When I was in fear of losing my career… They acted quickly, supported me, and did all they could to help me. Their understanding of my situation and support of me, led to my life being perfectly intact. Michael will have your back, be honest with you, and do whatever he can to protect your rights.” – Matt, Avvo review
“I was charged with misdemeanor of 8 counts in Prince William County, Virginia. I was so stressed out that I would not be able to get the second chance. However, Mike made it happen. All my counts dismissed, nolle prosequi. Mike is honest and professional.  I am so grateful that I picked the right lawyer like him in such a bad situation. From the beginning Mike was understanding and willing to listen my situation which gave me confidence… I am glad that I finally can put it all behind, thanks to his legal assistance!!!” – Avvo review

“This was my first time having any legal issues, and I was really worried/stressed and did not really trust the process. That said, Mr. Hollingsworth and his team did everything to satisfy all my relentless questions and also worked to really build my trust. I was not just another case number and I very much appreciated that.” –  Nicole, Avvo review

“I had 2 DUI’s within 2 months in 2 separate counties. My case was not looking very good and Michael managed to work out two outcomes that I was extremely happy with. He was always very easy to communicate with and was honest and upfront about my case. I felt comfortable and confident after our first meeting that he was the right choice for my cases. He was absolutely my best choice for representation and I honestly believe my outcome would not have been so great without him.” – Brooke, Avvo review

“He was an amazing attorney. He dealt with my case way better than I expected. I will use him in the future if anything else happens.” – Syed Rohail Hussain, Avvo review

“From the very first conversation with Michael, he was factual, honest, and caring about the situation in which my daughter was facing. His team kept us informed throughout the process and worked tirelessly to obtain the best results possible. Thank you Michael.” – Avvo review

“Michael was a life saver… He was professional and kind. He treated my daughter with compassion and did an excellent job in court. I highly recommend Michael and his firm. Cannot thank him enough for a job well done!” – Regine, Avvo review

“In life it is hard to find a person let alone a lawyer that has integrity and honestly cares about people. Michael has a passion for winning and the people he represents. He is well prepared when he walks into the court room and ready to fight for you. He is what other lawyers wish they could be and that is a “BEAST” in the court room, the “BEST” of the “BEST.” – Earl, Avvo review

“Mr. Hollingsworth was very supportive and kept me apprised of the details of my case. He accurately interpreted the law and gave me an accurate perspective on the possibilities of expected outcomes. He is very professional, provides easy access to speak with him. I would recommend him for legal services.” – NLS, Avvo review 

“I highly recommend Attorney Michael Hollingsworth. His professionalism, knowledge of the law, and experience provided the desired result in both cases he represented my children in. His genuine concern and candor are why we chose him. We could not have asked for better representation.” – Denise Hasenecz, Facebook review

“Mr. Hollingsworth is beyond amazing. I had just received my CDL and was in fear of loosing it. He was able to work miracles, and I only received minimal charges (community service and driving class). I highly recommend Mr. Hollingsworth to anyone who needs legal counsel, you will not regret it. Thanks for your help!!” – Kyle, Avvo review

Personal Injury Testimonials

“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

“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