DECADES OF EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW
Mahoney Nashatka Richmond, PLLC understands that being a firm dedicated to family law means knowing more than just the laws governing domestic relations. Many of these cases cross over into other areas, including business, real estate, psychology and, even, reproductive science. We have the experience to provide you with the best advice to achieve your case's goals.
That's why having the right lawyer on your side to see you through these complex situations is critical. Our team handles all forms of cases related to the family structure, including premarital agreements, divorce, adoption, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation rights, marital agreements and post-divorce issues. We bring decades of experience to the table representing clients in all courts throughout South Hampton Roads' five cities, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, the Peninsula and Virginia's Eastern Shore.
4705 Columbus St., Ste. 101
Virginia Beach VA 23462
Tel: (757) 644-4730
Determined. Committed. Forthright.
These traits are evident in the type of attorney Reeves W. Mahoney is given a story from his young adult days.
It started with a robbery-in-progress in 1975, at the Virginia Trust Co.
Maybe if Reeves hadn't been there to single-handedly take down the robber, with the perp's own sawed-off shotgun, he'd never be the lawyer he is today. As they say, when opportunity knocks, even if it's wielding a deadly weapon, answer the door.
Reeves, at the time, had taken the LSAT and was working at a renowned Richmond law firm, but, law school eluded him. After the incident, the trust company's chairman asked to meet him. Soon, with the respect and admiration of his new friend because of his heroic deed, Reeves was attending the University of Richmond School of Law.
While his path to family and domestic relations law was a bit circuitous after practicing with one of Norfolk's oldest and most prestigious firms in the early 1980's, Reeves found himself representing more divorce clients and earning a solid, stellar reputation that has followed him for more than 35 years.
His specialty areas include divorce/domestic relations (with an emphasis on divorces involving substantial assets and contested custody issues), commercial litigation and crisis management for nonprofit and private organizations. Because of his beyond-reproach character in and out of the courtroom, Reeves has repeatedly been elected by his peers to Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite and the Virginia Super Lawyers magazine in the category of Family Law and named as either one of the top 50 or 100 attorneys in Virginia since 2011. He has also been selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009 and selected as Family Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He was appointed to Virginia's Child Support Guideline Review Panel, has served on the Boyd-Graves Conference on Virginia Civil Procedure and has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Many may not consider what Reeves does in his off-time as relaxation, but it nourishes his hunger to learn; he writes fiction, researches all eras of history including World War II Europe when his surgeon father heroically saved lives on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and he enjoys visiting with his two adult sons.
Tel: (757) 644-4760
Dedicated. Tough. Loyal.
As a founding partner with Mahoney Nashatka Richmond, PLLC, those words fit Shantell S. Nashatka to a T.
That's because Shantell took the path least carved for single, working moms when she decided to become a lawyer nearly two decades ago.
As the mother of four, Shantell worked as a file clerk at the former Huff, Poole & Mahoney law firm to help put herself through college at Old Dominion University.
Knowing that she needed to continue her education after she received her Bachelor's degree in English, Shantell explored post-graduate career options. Having worked closely with several firm attorneys, including Reeves W. Mahoney, Shantell jumped into becoming a paralegal in the firm's Divorce Practice Group. From there, law school was the next logical step.
While in law school, she served as a law clerk for the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. After earning her J.D. from Regent University School of Law, Shantell practiced exclusively in family law, cutting her teeth on uncontested divorces and child custody cases.
Since that time, she has gained extensive experience in all facets of family law litigation, to include high asset equitable distribution, military divorces, and complex custody cases. In addition to her litigation experience, Shantell also assists individuals with navigating the maze of family-related settlement negotiations, such as premarital, separation and custody agreements.
In her downtime, Shantell craves an exquisite wine and a tasty cheese, loves to hang out with her four children and their beloved pets. She also possesses a bit of wanderlust camping and traveling whenever possible.
Honest. Caring. Diligent.
Andrew T. Richmond has those qualities in spades, and he loves using them to help people move forward in a positive direction after experiencing what is oftentimes one of the most difficult times in their lives the breaking up of a relationship.
Andrew, or Andy as friends and family call him, is a volunteer at heart having learned from his parents the importance of helping people who haven't had the same opportunities as he has had. That's why he leads by example, serving as Samaritan House's "100 Men," as Chairman of the Social Services Advisory Board in Virginia Beach, and as Vice President of the Central Business District Association (CBDX). None of this stands in his way of being an exemplary lawyer in the field of family law an area he has practiced in his entire career.
Andy adeptly resolves complex divorces involving the equitable distribution of complex assets, support and custody cases, through both contested litigation, negotiated agreements and the collaborative divorce process. He also handles a variety of other family-related matters, including Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court cases, paternity actions, Department of Human Services proceedings, and collaborative divorce.
Andy's peers elected him to be included in Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite in 2012 and 2014 in the Young Lawyer category and in 2015 in the Appellate Law category. He also has been named to Virginia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars list five consecutive years, 2013-2017. In 2014, Andy was selected by Inside Business as one of the "Top Forty Under 40" young business people in Hampton Roads. He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to joining the firm, Andy clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, which is the appellate court for all divorce and family law appeals in the Commonwealth.
Andy and his wife, Suzanne, have two beautiful young sons who keep them busy 24/7. Andy also is active in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
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 Nashatka 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, Mahoney Nashatka Richmond'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.