PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

University of Richmond (J.D. magna cum laude 2020)
University of Georgia (B.S. cum laude 2017)

Randell Scism

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Randell clerked for the Honorable Tracy C. Hudson in the Prince William County Circuit Court for two years.

Randell is from Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where she lived for the majority of her life. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences, majoring in Human Development and Family Science in 2017, Randell earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.

During law school, Randell was the Executive Editor of the Public Interest Law Review and was a student associate with the Children’s Defense Clinic.

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Randell clerked for the Honorable Tracy C. Hudson in the Prince William County Circuit Court for two years. At Nichols Zauzig, Randell focuses on domestic relations law.

Outside of work, Randell enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, knitting, and watching Georgia football.

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Board of Governors, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar, 2001-05
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Neutral Case Evaluator and a Conciliator, Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Man of the Year Runner Up, National Capital Chapter, National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • MS Achievers Class, 2012, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Martindale/Hubbell A/V Preeminent Attorney 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
  • Top Lawyer, Family Law, Northern Virginia Magazine
Preeminent rating by AV-Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers| 10 years| Paul Nichols
Top Lawyer-Washingtonian Magazine

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“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

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“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.”  – T.M

“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.” – W.R.

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Randell Scism

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

PRACTICE AREAS

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

University of Richmond (J.D. magna cum laude 2020)
University of Georgia (B.S. cum laude 2017)

Overview

Randell is from Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where she lived for the majority of her life. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences, majoring in Human Development and Family Science in 2017, Randell earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law.

During law school, Randell was the Executive Editor of the Public Interest Law Review and was a student associate with the Children’s Defense Clinic.

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Randell clerked for the Honorable Tracy C. Hudson in the Prince William County Circuit Court for two years. At Nichols Zauzig, Randell focuses on domestic relations law.

Outside of work, Randell enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, knitting, and watching Georgia football.

Prior to joining Nichols Zauzig, Randell clerked for the Honorable Tracy C. Hudson in the Prince William County Circuit Court for two years.