Pilar C. Nichols is a Principal attorney in Offit Kurman’s Family Law Practice Group where she concentrates her practice in the litigation and settlement of divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal and child support, property division, guardianship proceedings, and adoptions.
Ms. Nichols frequently represents employees and spouses of international organizations such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. She has extensive experience in cases involving domestic violence, including the litigation of protective orders and any accompanying criminal charges. In addition to her family law practice, Pilar acts as a mediator in custody and property disputes, is regularly court-appointed as child counsel in high conflict custody cases, and practices criminal defense.
Ms. Nichols received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. While a student at Penn State, she studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain where she obtained her minor in Spanish. She went on to graduate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC, where she earned her Juris Doctor and a specialized certificate from the law school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies. While in law school, Ms. Nichols served on the executive board of the Student Bar Association and as a writer for the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy.
Ms.Nichols has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America, Family Law”, by Washingtonian Magazine as one of its “Top Lawyers”, and in Bethesda Magazine’s “Top Attorneys, Family Law”. Super Lawyers Magazine named Pilar a "Rising Star" from 2012 to 2015, a “Super Lawyer” from 2016 to 2022, and included her in the “Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers List” in 2019, 2021, and 2022, and the “Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers List” from 2019 to 2022. She received the “Leading Women” award in 2019 and the “Leadership in law” award in 2020 from the Daily Record.
A member of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, she currently serves on its executive committee and as a member of the Judicial Selections Committee. Ms. Nichols is a Master of the Bench in the Montgomery County Inns of Court and a Montgomery County Bar Foundation Bar Leader. A past-president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, she serves on the association’s Judicial Selections Committee. A Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, she serves on its Board of Directors and awards committee.
Ms. Nichols is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA). A graduate of the MSBA’s Leadership Academy, Ms. Nichols serves on the Leadership Academy Committee, as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and sits on the Board of Governors.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Nichols has been adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC since 2010. She is fluent in Spanish and resides in Montgomery County with her husband, two young sons, and their lovable German Shepherd, Ares.