Are big dimples a sign of niceness? They are when the person smiling is Nichol Fitzpatrick. Sweet-tempered, kind, and patient, Nichol is a paralegal who mentors others and helps clients through legal challenges. Having joined Stewart Law Group’s paralegal team in 2018, she treats every client’s case as if it were her own in both passion and drive.
Arizona is replete with tales of people leaving cold climes to “Head West” and Californians eager to reestablish themselves here. Rarely do three generations of family make that move together, though. A ‘So-Cal’ transplant, Nichol chuckles over the expressions she gets when she tells people the move was “a concerted effort by my entire immediate family.” Nichol with her husband, two teenage daughters, son, her parents, two brothers and their own families, and her two aunts all left Southern California for Phoenix, Arizona. True to her Italian upbringing, family means everything.
Law has always drawn Nichol. Her early years were spent in law enforcement, as police cadet and as a police dispatcher. She later became courtroom clerk in the DUI arraignment courtroom for the Orange County Superior Court. More recently in Phoenix, she has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office before returning to Family Law. In private practice, Nichol assisted attorneys in family law, bankruptcy, personal injury, contracts, and real estate matters. She has her real estate license, too!
Nichol earned her BS in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration from Colorado State University. Her AS in Paralegal Studies is from Fullerton College where she also received the Ethel Burchfield Cooper Memorial Business Award, and earned an ABA Certificate in Paralegal Studies. Someone who thrives on helping others, she interned with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County where she helped impoverished litigants complete legal forms for divorce, child custody, and criminal record expungement. Nichol also volunteers at André House in Phoenix transitioning people from homelessness to stability and mentors in her church’s Young Adult Ministry.
Nichol trained and participated in Yellowstone National Park’s Cycling Only Days for a 50-mile round-trip ride from West Yellowstone (MT) to Norris Geyser Basin (WY). An amazing way to experience Yellowstone and its unique wildlife, she was stared down by one bison and evaded another! When not cycling through the park, she enjoys camping and hiking in Montana, Utah, and Northern Arizona.
At hearth and home, Nichol likes to relax, read Russian literature or historical fictions just as much as she enjoys needlepoint and gluten-free baking. Kicking around town with friends, Nichol loves rehabbing flea market finds into new pieces and dining on Italian or Turkish or Mexican cuisine.