Hirsch & Ehlenberger P.C.


In consideration of the government guidance for COVID-19, our office is providing appointments in virtual settings either through phone or video conferencing when requested. We are still available to meet in person if that is your preference. Face masks must be worn in all common areas of the of the office suite and building. Some courts in Northern Virginia are still only hearing emergency matters, so if you have questions about your specific case, please contact the attorney assigned to your case or ask during your consult.

Hirsch & Ehlenberger P.C.

In consideration of the government guidance for COVID-19, our office is moving appointments to virtual settings either through phone or video conferencing. We are still taking consultations and meeting with clients through these methods. If you believe your case requires in-person interaction with an attorney, please call the office and we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we comply with required social distancing. Please note that the courts throughout Northern Virginia have announced that with the exception of emergency hearings and protective orders, all court appearances through April 26, 2020 are continued and will be rescheduled when the courts resume operations. It is possible that this date will be further extended. If you have questions about your specific case, please contact the attorney assigned to your case.

Nicole M. Burns​

Nicole M. Burns

Nicole M. Burns


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Practice Areas:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Separation Agreements
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support/Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements


Nicole joined Hirsch and Ehlenberger in October 2011 became a partner in 2018. Prior to practicing family law, Nicole worked as in-house counsel for a defense contractor in Arlington, Virginia. Nicole is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, Loudoun Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar and regularly practices in courts throughout Northern Virginia. Nicole has experience litigating and resolving high conflict custody, visitation, domestic abuse, support and equitable distribution cases, as well as post-divorce issues.

In her free time, Nicole is a girl scout troop leader, is involved with the PTA at her daughter's elementary school and is a religious education instructor for middle schoolers at her church. She also serves on the board of her homeowner's association.

Nicole attended law school at George Mason University and was a committee chairperson for the Moot Court Board. She participated in and won several oral argument competitions, including the New York State Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition in which her team placed in the semi-finals and won the award for best brief in the region. Additionally, Nicole interned in the Fairfax Circuit Court.

Before law school, Nicole studied psychology at the Catholic University of America. While there, she completed graduate coursework in cultural psychology and the effects of marital conflict on children. Nicole is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • Juris Doctor - 2010
  • Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia

    Bar Admission

    • Virginia

    Published Works

    • Nicole M. Burns, Gatekeeping to the Courthouse: Pre-Filing Injunctions and Prohibitions to Practice before Courts. Virginia Family Law Quarterly, Volume 39, No. 1 (2019)

    Professional Associations

    • Fairfax Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Loudoun Bar Association
    • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section