Keeley L. Nickelson GreenfieldKeeley L. Nickelson


Lawyer, Dog-Mom, Adventurer, Craft Brew Enthusiast, Sportsaholic #IHeardOnNPR 
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Whether a case is complex or common, it can be difficult to navigate the family court system alone. When you couple complicated procedural requirements with the highly emotional aspects of divorce and custody, the journey can feel overwhelming. I’ll work hard to take care of the process and procedures so you can focus on what’s important – your family, your health and your new normal.


Volunteering to assist low-income, self-represented parties through VLSP allows me to use my knowledge and experience to give back to our community. I work with parents, victims of domestic violence, and people who need support for themselves or their kids. Simply because you can’t afford an attorney doesn’t mean you shouldn’t understand the process or your rights. When attorney’s give back, the entire judicial system benefits.

Keeley Nickelson represents FPS clients in a range of family law matters including divorce, child custody, child support, property division, paternity, adoption, guardianships, and restraining orders.

Over the course of her time at FPS, Keeley has honed her skills both as a litigator in court as well as a negotiator. With the goal of reaching an out of court agreement always at top of mind, Keeley does her best to reach an advantageous settlement if possible. There are of course matters that cannot be settled for various reasons, and Keeley has developed a strong but calm presence in the courtroom. There are those who practice aggressively with little regard to the specifics of the case, but Keeley believes that a focused strategy, coupled with understanding of the mindset of the opposition, yields better results.

When not practicing law, Keeley, along with her husband, shares an affinity for travel and outdoor activities, preferably with their adopted fur-child Walton (named after Bill). As new homeowners, they are always working on a project around the house or planting succulents. She lost her 2017 FPS Fantasy Football Champion status in 2018 but is currently strategizing for a 2019 showdown with the 2018 champion, Neil.

  • Represented clients from the filing of a Temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order, through trial, to obtaining a permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order.
  • Successfully negotiated the confirmation of a family business to a client, without the necessity of any court appearances; although the business was community property, we offset the business with other assets and were able to come to an amicable solution in less than six months.
  • Represented a client through trial and succeeded in confirming her separate property home to her in its entirety; was successful in impeaching opposing party, putting his credibility in question, and catching him in several lies with regard to his taxes and income; the court terminated spousal support over opposing party’s claims to be homeless/despondent.
  • Successfully argued for a genetic testing order for a child over Mother’s objection, who claimed one man was the father when in reality, the child was another man’s biological child. Despite the results, Mother continued to advocate for her unrelated boyfriend to be the child’s father. Took the issue of paternity to trial, where client was confirmed as the child’s only father, over Mother’s and boyfriend’s objection.
  • Obtained emergency jurisdiction over a young child living in another state, with court confirming full legal and physical custody to client.
  • Successfully argued to terminate spousal support to opposing party through the use of forensic experts, without taking the matter to trial.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, with Distinction, 2016
  • Woman Lawyers of Sacramento, Karen Pedersen Stevens Scholarship Recipient
  • Certified Mediator
  • Immigration Clinic Volunteer

Inter-American Program – Antigua, Guatemala

  • Study Abroad Program, June 2014
  • Studied transitional justice and commercial law in Spanish

University of Arizona

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2012
  • Spanish minor; Italian minor

  • Pro Bono Counsel, Family Law Assistance Project, Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, Kids Law Day, Sacramento County Bar Association, May 2019
  • Volunteer Builder, 2019 Women Build, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento
  • Participant, 2018 Trial Practicum, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
  • Volunteer Builder, Project Playground – Winters, Calfornia, October 2017

Selected for inclusion by rating from attorney peers and/or research team:

  • Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2019 (eligible candidates are 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less)

  • California Lawyers Association – Family Law Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California, 2016