Nicole A. Salisbury


Nicole joined Wendy H. Schwartz and Associates, PLLC in June 2023 and practices in all areas of family law. Nicole values being a strong advocate for clients, whether that is through settlement or litigation. Her practice areas include divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, property distribution, prenuptial agreements, and drafting settlement agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole worked as a commercial litigator for a large, national law firm, where she represented business entities in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases, as well as in general breach of contract disputes. In her representation of these entities, Nicole learned how to litigate cases, take and defend depositions, and analyze extensive document productions, including electronically stored information (ESI). She also negotiated settlements with opposing counsels.

Additionally, Nicole has experience working as an Attorney-Advisor for the Federal Government. As an Attorney-Advisor, she drafted and edited national-level employment policy for approximately 60,000 employees, ensuring compliance with federal guidance.

Prior to law school, Nicole worked at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, California, where she helped advocate for children in extremely sensitive dependency cases. Working on behalf of these children and families served as the catalyst for her decision to attend law school and become a stronger advocate for others.

Nicole’s decision to leave corporate litigation and focus on family law grew out the same reasons she decided to attend law school – her desire to work closely with individuals during difficult times in their lives and the opportunity to apply creative solutions towards legal and emotional challenges in a way that is not called for in business disputes.

Nicole exhibits professionalism and is a zealous advocate for clients. She is painstakingly thorough, analyzes situations objectively, and makes the best possible decisions by being proactive rather than reactive.

Nicole’s academic achievements reflect her commitment to excellence. Nicole graduated from The George Washington University Law School with high honors, which placed her in the top ten percent of her graduating class. While attending law school, she served on the Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution Boards, where she competed in and judged various competitions and placed as a semi-finalist in an upper-level Mock Trial competition. Nicole was also a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, where her Student Note was chosen for publication.

Before attending law school, Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in Spanish Language and Sociology. During her time at Villanova University, she served as a Spanish Language Interpreter for Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law’s Center for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) Clinic. She also spent two semesters abroad – one in Buenos Aires, Argentina and one in Cadiz, Spain.

Nicole is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar (Member, Family Law Section), Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law Section), Maryland State Bar, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Fairfax County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Member, Maryland Chapter).

Since joining the firm, Nicole has attended extensive trainings related to issues in child custody, mental health, and substance abuse disorders. Having completed the training to become a certified Guardian Ad Litem in Virgina, she is awaiting her certification from the Supreme Court of Virginia and intends to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem in Arlington and Fairfax County courts.