About Margaret Nicholson
Collaborative Divorce and Family Mediation and Protecting the Rights of Children and the Disabled
Attorney Margaret Nicholson
While Ms. Nicholson’s practice is concentrated in the areas of collaborative divorce and family mediation, she also acts as guardian and guardian ad litem in the Westchester and Putnam Surrogates Courts protecting the rights of children and the disabled.
As an outgrowth of her experience in real estate law and zoning, Ms. Nicholson also offers clients representation in real estate transactions and closings.
She formerly volunteered as a mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center in Carmel, New York, where she served as a legal presenter for “Parents Apart” a parent education program certified by the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program designed to help separating, divorced and never married parents focus on the special needs of their children during the restructuring of their families. She is a member of the Pace Women’s Justice Center Moderate Means Matrimonial Panel and is certified to act as an attorney for children by the Appellate Division, Second Department. Ms. Nicholson is also a member of the Part 36 Panel of Fiduciaries qualified to accept appointments in the Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts of Putnam and Westchester counties.
Phone: (914) 669-5224
Committed to helping clients succeed
Margaret A. Nicholson was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, cum laude, in 1980 and received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1983.
History & Expertise
J.D., 1983, St. John's University School of Law
B.S., 1980, University of New York at Albany, cum laude
- New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
- Northern Westchester Collaborative Divorce Professionals
- Westchester Women's Bar Association
- Putnam County Bar Association
- Northern Westchester Bar Association
- Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
- New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
- Westchester County Bar Association
Ms. Nicholson opened her practice in Somers, New York in 2007. Prior to private practice, Ms. Nicholson was employed as staff attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley where she represented domestic violence victims in the Family and Supreme courts, assisting clients in obtaining orders of protection and advocating on their behalf in custody, visitation, child/spousal support and divorce proceedings.
Early in her career, Ms. Nicholson was engaged in general practice as an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Anthony I. Giacobbe, a retired Supreme Court Justice from Richmond County, New York. While raising her three children, she authored “You and the Law” a legal column published monthly in First Magazine, a national magazine focusing on women’s issues. She also worked as an associate attorney for Helene M. Selznick, Esq., a matrimonial attorney in Somers, NY and volunteered in the legal center of My Sister’s Place, an organization providing comprehensive shelter, advocacy, legal, and supportive services for victims of domestic violence in Westchester County, New York.
Ms. Nicholson was a member of the Town of Somers Zoning Board of Appeals from 1990-2002. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Legal Aid Society and a member of the Westchester County Bar Association, having previously served as co-chair of its Pro Bono Committee. In 2007, she also served as co-chair of People Against Domestic Violence (PADV), a community organization in Carmel, NY devoted to providing support to victims of domestic violence. She is a member in good standing of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, Putnam County Bar Association, Northern Westchester Bar Association, New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.
Ms. Nicholson resides in Somers, New York, where she is a member of the Somers Chamber of Commerce, and the Somers Lions Club. She has been a long-time member and former vice-president of the Somers Historical Society where she volunteers her time as legal advisor and has been named an honorary member of the Board of Trustees. She has been married for 35 years and has three children and four grandsons.