Best Lawyers 2018 Awards For Nichols And Durward

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Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC, a law firm based in Birmingham, AL, is proud to announce that two of their attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Both were nominated for their expertise in the Family Law category.

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Shea Waldrop from Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC says: “We are so proud that Attorneys Randy Nichols and Anne Durward have been put forward for this prestigious award. It is a true testament to their dedication to family law and to making sure that their clients have the best representation regarding family issues. Their unwavering commitment to their clients is what has really made them stand out.”

The Best Lawyers organization was founded in 1981 and is aimed at highlighting the extraordinary work done by lawyers across the country. Since its establishment, Best Lawyers has set itself apart as the world’s most unbiased and reliable source for legal referrals. Being nominated for Best Lawyer is a lengthy process that includes a full peer evaluation of professional expertise. If a nominee receives sufficient peer reviews, they then go through a further authentication process to ensure they are truly in good standing and are currently practicing.

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Randall W. Nichols is Virginia born and bred, and attended the University of Virginia to obtain his law degree. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University. In 1986, he moved to Alabama where he started to practice family law litigation. He also mediates in family law disputes as a certified mediator. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1986.

Anne Lamkin Durward is from Birmingham, AL. She attended the Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. She then returned to Birmingham to study at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She is a true family person who spends free time with her family and friends. She also coaches the National Moot Court Team with Cumberland School of Law. Durward serves on the board of various organizations and has been very active in the legal community. She was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1995.

In order to be nominated as Best Lawyers, both Nichols and Durward had to be reviewed by their peers on numerous occasions. They did so extensively, but their client reviews have equally stood out. For instance, Cheryl B.R. says about Anne: “Anne Durward represented me in 2014-2016. She is one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate women I have ever met. Although my case was not complicated, she treated me as a valuable client and was most attentive to my calls and emails. I highly recommend her and the firm to anyone looking for individualized service and expert representation.”

That being said, the firm’s overall peer review score, according to, is currently 4.7, further testament to the excellence of not just Nichols and Durward, but the entire team at Massey, Stotser & Nichols PC. The same is also evident from the various other client reviews that the business has received, in which it is clear that their personal attention and commitment to positive outcomes shines through. Adam S., for instance, says on the firm’s Google reviews page: “Cannot say enough about the folks at Massey Stotser and Nichols. I have used them on both a professional and personal level and they did not disappoint. They also participate in numerous community functions – thanks for all you do.”

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has helped people all over the world find the best possible legal representation. Their attorney ranking service is the most respected worldwide. It has helped thousands of people identify the most appropriate legal services for their needs, finding those professionals who can represent them in unfamiliar specializations or distant jurisdictions. Indeed, the publication is used not just by those seeking legal representation for themselves, but also by other professionals in the field of law who require advice, information, and guidance.

The award is a clear recognition of the hard work of the entire team at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC. Shea Waldrop says: “Randy and Anne feel it was truly a team effort and that they couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone else. That is incredibly kind, but we say that the honor is all theirs.”

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