Pilar C. Nichols

Pilar C. Nichols was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland where she attended Thomas S. Wootton High School.  She 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 then attended 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, Mrs. Nichols served on the executive board of the Student Bar Association, as a writer for the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and held positions on various other committees and student organizations including the law school’s admission committee. She also earned the “Extra Mile Award” while in law school for outstanding service to the law school.  Throughout law school, Mrs. Nichols interned for T-Mobile in the Government Affairs Division, a Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission and for a Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Mrs. Nichols concentrates her practice in criminal and traffic defense, civil litigation, and family law.  Prior to becoming a partner at the firm of Tomes Salter Nichols & Gomez, she founded The Law Offices of Pilar Nichols as a solo practitioner and private criminal defense attorney, having previously worked for a private law firm under one of Montgomery County’s top criminal lawyers.  Prior to private practice, Mrs. Nichols served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and as Legislative and Regulatory Counsel for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

In 2010, Mrs. Nichols was among 15 Fellows appointed to the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy, an exclusive 12-month program designed to assist attorneys to become leaders and offering opportunities for future leadership roles in the MSBA.

In 2012, Super Lawyers magazine named Mrs. Nichols a Rising Star among Maryland attorneys.

Mrs. Nichols is the President of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and sits on the association’s Judicial Selections Committee.  Additionally, Mrs. Nichols is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association and Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.  Mrs. Nichols also participates yearly in pro bono activities to include the Montgomery County Bar Association’s “Bar Revue” and the Women’s Bar Association’s Fall Forum, “Prepare for Success.”

In addition to her law practice, Mrs. Nichols is an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

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