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Tier 1 Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
Since 2010, Nichols Zauzig has been named a Tier One law firm, limited to top 14% firms nationwide, by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.
American College of Trial Lawyers
Limited to the top 1% of lawyers in any state or province in North America.
Charles J. Zauzig, inducted 2018
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year
Only one lawyer in each practice area and metropolitan area is honored annually as the “Lawyer of the Year” by receiving the highest overall voting averages and peer feedback in that specialty and location, in our case the Washington D.C. metropolitan region.
Charles J. Zauzig – Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff – 2019 and 2014; Medical Malpractice Law, Plaintiff – 2018, 2016 and 2011.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® The Best Lawyers in America
As voted by their peers, attorneys are annually selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America listing for the Washington D.C. area.
Charles J. Zauzig and Paul F. Nichols, since 2006. Cassandra Chin, since 2020.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers
Limited to the top 100 family law attorneys in the United States, as nominated and voted on by members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Cassandra Chin, since 2010
Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyers
As voted by their peers, attorneys are selected bi-annually as the Washington D.C. area’s top legal talent in 21 practices areas
Charles J. Zauzig, Cassandra Chin and Paul F. Nichols.
Northern Virginia Magazine Top Lawyers
Based on recommendations from their peers in Northern Virginia, about 75 attorneys in various practice areas are named annually.
Chuck Zauzig and Paul Nichols, selected since 2008
Five percent of Virginia attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers annually, based on peer evaluations and independent evaluations.
Charles J. Zauzig and Paul Nichols, selected since 2006
Cassandra Chin, selected since 2016
Melissa Ray, 2013-14
Super Lawyers Rising Star
Each year, 2.5 percent of lawyers practicing 10 years or less in Virginia are selected to receive this honor.
Benjamin Carafiol, since 2016
Cassandra Chin, 2012-2016
Melissa Ray, 2008, 2011-2013
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellowship requires peer review, testing and being recognized by the bench and bar in his/her jurisdiction as a leading practitioner in matrimonial law.
Paul Nichols and Cassandra Chin
Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Preeminent
Qualifying attorneys earn one of three levels of Peer Review Ratings® based on evaluations by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. Preeminent is the highest level, achieved by 2% of attorneys nationally.
Charles J. Zauzig and Paul F. Nichols