PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law
International Matrimonial Law

EDUCATION

University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D. 1981)
University of Kentucky (B.A. 1969)

Betty Moore Sandler

PRINCIPAL

“People are seeing me at the lowest point in their lives. They need to know they are being heard, even if they don’t like what I’m going to say in response.”

Ms. Sandler is a principal with Nichols Zauzig, and for more than 30 years, she has limited her practice to family law. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky College of Law, Ms. Sandler is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (1981), the U.S. Supreme Court (1985), the Commonwealth of Virginia (1986), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1990), and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2014).

Ms. Sandler is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a past board member of the U.S. Chapter, and served for more than six years on the Admissions Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a past President of the Virginia Chapter.

She has held other leadership positions in state-wide organizations, serving as CLE Chair and Vice-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; board member and officer of the Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar (VSB); and Vice-Chair of 5th District Disciplinary Committee (VSB). Ms. Sandler is active in committee work for numerous state and local bar organizations including the Virginia CLE Family Law Practice Area Advisory Group and the Virginia Coalition of Family Law Legislation. She is a past president of the McLean (Virginia) Bar Association and was the founding President of the Prince William County Bar Foundation. Ms. Sandler also serves as a Substitute Judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts of Virginia.

Dedicated to the principles of improving the practice of family law and raising the standards of practice, Ms. Sandler has authored many articles on family law matters for the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association publications. Ms. Sandler regularly participates as a panelist and moderator for Continuing Legal Education seminars on domestic relations and ethics. She was selected and served as a Judge for the Spring Invitational Moot Court Competition (William & Mary Law School) in 2004.

INSPIRATION

Read Getting Personal with Betty Moore Sandler for an inside look into Ms. Sandler’s passions and why she became an attorney.

  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • CLE Committee Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia CLE Family Law Practice Area Advisory Group
  • Virginia Coalition of Family Law Legislation
  • Founding President, Prince William County Bar Foundation
  • Top 50 Virginia Women Attorney, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Family Law “Best Lawyer of the Year” Washington D.C. area, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Martindale/Hubbell A/V Preeminent Attorney highest rating
  • Recognized in The Wall Street Journal as Top Rated Legal Leader in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Family Law, Washington D.C., since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America, since 2004
  • Top Lawyer, Family Law, Washingtonian Magazine, since 2007
  • Top Lawyer, Family Law, Northern Virginia Magazine, since 2008
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“Betty was the partner who handled my divorce along with Melanie Rice….[They] worked nights and weekends to try to get opposing counsel closer to a balanced settlement. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.” – Holly

“Dear Ms. Sandler: The impact of today’s final signing is still sinking in after a 30-month fight…My sincere thanks for your tireless diligence and professionalism…I do appreciate the efforts of the entire NZS team.” – DJM

“I endorse this lawyer. She is widely respected by her colleagues in the bar and by the judges in all the courts of Northern Virginia. Tough and experienced, she gets good results for her clients, whether through negotiation or in litigation.” – Joseph Condo, AAML

“I endorse this lawyer. The go-to attorney for Prince William divorces” – Susan Hicks, AAML, IAML

“Dear Ms. Sandler;  I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your wisdom, professionalism and hard work this past year…How ironic was it that on Tuesday I was feeling nostalgic about saying goodbye to my lawyers, but not the person I had just divorced.”- T.A.J.

Betty Moore Sandler

PRINCIPAL

PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law
International Matrimonial Law

EDUCATION

University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D. 1981)
University of Kentucky (B.A. 1969)

Overview

Ms. Sandler is a principal with Nichols Zauzig, and for more than 30 years, she has limited her practice to family law. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky College of Law, Ms. Sandler is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (1981), the U.S. Supreme Court (1985), the Commonwealth of Virginia (1986), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1990), and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2014).

Ms. Sandler is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a past board member of the U.S. Chapter, and served for more than six years on the Admissions Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a past President of the Virginia Chapter.

She has held other leadership positions in state-wide organizations, serving as CLE Chair and Vice-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; board member and officer of the Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar (VSB); and Vice-Chair of 5th District Disciplinary Committee (VSB). Ms. Sandler is active in committee work for numerous state and local bar organizations including the Virginia CLE Family Law Practice Area Advisory Group and the Virginia Coalition of Family Law Legislation. She is a past president of the McLean (Virginia) Bar Association and was the founding President of the Prince William County Bar Foundation. Ms. Sandler also serves as a Substitute Judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts of Virginia.

Dedicated to the principles of improving the practice of family law and raising the standards of practice, Ms. Sandler has authored many articles on family law matters for the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers Association publications. Ms. Sandler regularly participates as a panelist and moderator for Continuing Legal Education seminars on domestic relations and ethics. She was selected and served as a Judge for the Spring Invitational Moot Court Competition (William & Mary Law School) in 2004.

INSPIRATION

Read Getting Personal with Betty Moore Sandler for an inside look into Ms. Sandler’s’ passions and why she became an attorney.

Leadership

  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • CLE Committee Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia CLE Family Law Practice Area Advisory Group
  • Virginia Coalition of Family Law Legislation
  • Founding President, Prince William County Bar Foundation

Honors

  • Top 50 Virginia Women Attorney, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Family Law “Best Lawyer of the Year” Washington D.C., Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Martindale/Hubble A/V Preeminent Attorney highest rating
  • Recognized in The Wall Street Journal as Top Rated Legal Leader in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Family Law, Washington D.C., since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America, since 2004
  • Top Lawyer, Family Law, Washingtonian Magazine, since 2002
  • Top Lawyer, Family Law, Northern Virginia Magazine, since 2008
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Testimonials

“Betty was the partner who handled my divorce along with Melanie Rice….[They] worked nights and weekends to try to get opposing counsel closer to a balanced settlement. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.” – Holly

“Dear Ms. Sandler: The impact of today’s final signing is still sinking in after a 30-month fight…My sincere thanks for your tireless diligence and professionalism…I do appreciate the efforts of the entire NZS team.” – DJM

“I endorse this lawyer. She is widely respected by her colleagues in the bar and by the judges in all the courts of Northern Virginia. Tough and experienced, she gets good results for her clients, whether through negotiation or in litigation.” – Joseph Condo, AAML

“I endorse this lawyer. The go-to attorney for Prince William divorces” – Susan Hicks, AAML, IAML

“Dear Ms. Sandler;  I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your wisdom, professionalism and hard work this past year…How ironic was it that on Tuesday I was feeling nostalgic about saying goodbye to my lawyers, but not the person I had just divorced.”- T.A.J.

“People are seeing me at the lowest point in their lives. They need to know they are being heard, even if they don’t like what I’m going to say in response.”