Nicole M. Thurston
On the basketball court playing for Virginia Wesleyan University, Nicole M. Thurston learned the importance of concentration, hard work, and patience. She brings those same skills and more to her work as a family law attorney with Mahoney & Richmond, PLLC.
After graduating from VWU with Outstanding Senior Awards in both of her majors, Political Science and Spanish (she also recently finished her term on the VWU Alumni Council), Nicole took a year off before entering law school to teach high school Spanish. After, she earned her law degree from Regent University School of Law, where she co-founded Regent’s Hispanic Law Student Association.
From a young age, Nicole learned to be versatile, having lived abroad in Spain and Germany with her family while her father served as a U.S. Army Officer. Her mother, a native of Spain, passed on her native tongue, Spanish, to her daughter. It was those bilingual skills that landed Nicole a job after law school representing a Spanish-speaking client in a divorce proceeding. She served as co-chair to opposing counsel, M&R Law’s Reeves W. Mahoney and Andrew T. Richmond. Less than a year later, the three attorneys were working on the same team.
Nicole’s areas of expertise include cases of divorce, support, custody and equitable distribution, same-sex adoption and agency and parent-placement adoption in general, plus pre- and post-marital contracts.
She and her wife, Andrea Thurston, live in Virginia Beach with their Virginia Beach SPCA-adopted pup, Lewy, a Weimaraner. In addition to playing in local kickball and whiffle-ball leagues, Nicole is active in Hampton Roads Pride and with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.