Keeley L. Nickelson GreenfieldKeeley L. Nickelson


Lawyer, Dog-Mom, Adventurer, Craft Brew Enthusiast, Sportsaholic #IHeardOnNPR 
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Through an elective course in law school, I became attracted to Family Law and the personal aspect of the practice focus. It’s important to me to use my degree to make a difference in people’s lives.


Working at the Facilitator’s office, I learned first-hand how difficult it is to navigate the court system. When you couple complicated procedural requirements with the highly emotional aspects of divorce and custody, the process seems impossible. I’ll work hard to take care of the procedures so you can focus on what’s important – your family.

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

While attending McGeorge School of Law, Keeley served as an extern to the Family Law Facilitator at the Yolo County Superior Court, where she provided general information regarding family court proceedings, assisted in calculating guideline child/spousal support, and helped unrepresented parties with their cases. Keeley also volunteered her time to counsel clients seeking assistance from the McGeorge Immigration Clinic. Keeley is adept in conversational Spanish, a skill she sharpened while studying transitional justice in Antigua, Guatemala.

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). She is the 2017 champ of the FPS Fantasy Football League.

  • 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.
  • Obtained emergency jurisdiction over a young child living in another state, with court confirming full legal and physical custody to client.

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
  • Pro Bono Counsel, Family Legal Clinic, Sacramento LGBT Community Center, 2018
  • 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