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Margaret A. Nicholson, Esq.

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.

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.

Collaborative Divorce and Family Mediation and Protecting the Rights of Children and the Disabled

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. 

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.


 We found Ms. Nicholson to be all that a family in need of legal help could want in a lawyer. Ms. Nicholson was very professional, with a strong work ethic, and caring for our issues concerning our son. … 

-Client (See the full 5-star review at Avvo.com)

 Selecting the right divorce attorney was a daunting challenge. … Ms. Nicholson takes time to truly understand the needs of her client. If anyone is looking for an amazing divorce attorney look no further. Ms. Nicholson is truly the Best!!! 

-Client (See the full 5-star review at Avvo.com)

 Margaret Nicholson, Esq., handled my divorce for me. … As my attorney she made the process better on every level. She kept me informed and represented me with honesty, dignity and professionalism. 

-Glen N., Client (See the full 5-star review at Google Reviews)

 I have had many divorce mediation and collaborative cases with Margaret Nicholson for the past 15 years and in each matter she has proven to be an honest, ethical and skilled colleague. She is a passionate advocate for her client’s interests while maintaining empathy and understanding for both spouse’s interests. … 

-Melissa Goodstein, Attorney (See the full endorsement at Google Reviews)

 … Margaret is an excellent and thorough attorney. She zealously represents her clients, and at the same time works rationally toward settlements to help minimize legal fees for both parties. 

-Kenneth Novenstern, Attorney (See the full endorsement at Avvo.com)

 Margaret is a highly professional attorney in the area of family and matrimonial law. I have known Margaret for well over 10 years, having met her as opposing counsel on a difficult and heavily contested divorce. Without her professionalism and knowledge of matrimonial law, we never would have been able to attain the settlement that we had. …  

-Christine Moccia, Attorney (See the full endorsement at Avvo.com)

Margaret Nicholson is an experienced divorce mediation and collaborative divorce attorney committed to providing alternatives to contentious courtroom proceedings. Serving Westchester County, NY, and surrounding communities, she can be reached at (914) 669-5224 or via email.