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The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC

3452 E Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, MI 48823

Visit: http://www.nicholslawyers.com

Phone: 517-684-0908

Fax: 517-203-4448

Licensed Since: 2014

Education:The Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Practice Areas:

  • Family Law (90%)
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)

Q Attorney Profile

Colline Cheltenham is an attorney at The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC, in East Lansing, Michigan. Ms. Cheltenham devotes her practice to family law, serving clients in middle and south-central Michigan, in cities including Lansing, Owosso, Haslett, Okemos, Grand Ledge, Mason, Charlotte, Portland, St. Johns, Battle Creek, Howell, Brighton, Williamston, Ithaca, Jackson, Flint, Grand Blanc, Breckenridge, Carson City, Shepard, St. Louis, Alma, Pine River Township and Sumner Township.

Ms. Cheltenham has experience with all types of family law matters, including those involving divorce, child support, custody, fathers’ rights, marital property and visitation. She also helps clients with estate planning and probate estate planning. She has had notable success protecting the assets of her clients in property division and in restoring child custody to parents after they have had their rights wrongfully taken away from them.

An active member of the Michigan legal community, Ms. Cheltenham belongs to the Tri-County Family Law Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the family law and young lawyers’ sections of the Ingham County Bar Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Career Women and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.

Serving her community, Ms. Cheltenham volunteers her time to Second Saturday divorce workshops, providing advice and education to women considering divorce. Additionally, she volunteers with organizations including the Capital City Humane Society and the American Red Cross Michigan Region.

Ms. Cheltenham earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and received her law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She holds a license to practice law before all Michigan state courts. Prior to joining The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC, she served as an intern for the appellate division of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

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About Colline Cheltenham

Admitted: 2014, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.nicholslawyers.com/Attorney-Profiles/Colline-Chel...


  • On Thursday, March 6th, The Nichols Law Firm celebrated the accomplishment of Of Counsel attorney Colline DeVries-Burd. Ms. DeVries-Burd was honored with a “Top 5 Under 35” award by the Ingham County Bar Association. This award recognizes attorneys who are under 35 years old, or have been practicing for 5 years or less, who are nominated by their peers and have demonstrated skills, ability and dedication. “The ‘Top 5 Under 35’ is no small accomplishment. We are very proud of Colline for receiving this well-deserved recognition,” says Wendy M Schiller-Nichols, founder and president of the firm. Ms. DeVries-Burd is no ordinary attorney. She grew up in rural Gladwin, Michigan. She made her way through school with a business degree at Northwood, all while holding down a job and a family. Ms. DeVries-Burd raised her oldest daughter and then had a son over a decade later. Her second child did not stop her from her dream of law school. Ms. DeVries-Burd went to the night program for working adults at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. DeVries-Burd, in 5 years as a lawyer, has worked for the state of Michigan, a private law firm practicing family and employment law and worked on her own before she was approached to merge her practice with the Nichols Law Firm. She continues to focus on Family Law as well as driver license restoration, and any select litigation matters. Ms. DeVries-Burd says that practicing family law is a unique opportunity: “I like having the chance to get a good result for the underdog. I try to dedicate myself to father’s rights and helping good dads get equal parenting time. The current version of the Child Custody Act really tips the playing field in a way that makes it tough for dads to get equal physical custody.” Ms. DeVries-Burd lives in East Lansing with her significant other, Mike and their kids. She can be reached at 517 432 9000 or at [email protected], Top 5 Under 35, Ingham County Bar Association, 2019
  • John D. Voelker Award, Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ingham County Bar Association, Probate Section, 2019
  • Tri-County Family Law Association
  • National Association of Career Women
  • Ingham County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Mid-Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2017
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Capital City Humane Society, Volunteer
  • Second Saturday, Volunteer, 2013 – Present
  • Red Cross, Volunteer
  • Many hours committed to working with father's rights groups, and coordination of efforts in State Representatives and Legislators, to change Michigan law, and advocate for equal parenting time and custody for fathers, 2018
  • Volunteer time the second Saturday of each month to speak at a workshop and educate women about the divorce process, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Senior Editor, Law Review, Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • National Association for Career Women:  Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – 2016


  • Saved a husband approximately $45,000 in a divorce action by proving these assets were separate property, 2019
  • Obtained order after referee hearing that changed custody from equalized custody and parenting time to my client/father receiving sole physical custody and the majority of the parenting time, 2019
  • Obtained favorable equitable settlement of marital estate and spousal support for client when emotionally abusive husband told her she would "get nothing!", 2019
  • Received a nearly equalized parenting time award for a father that could only exercise parenting time every other weekend. Also obtained an order in the same case allowing him to cover the child's health insurance, be placed on the birth certificate, and receive copies of the child's social security card when these things were wrongfully denied to him, 2017

Educational Background:

  • Northwood University, B.A. in Business Administration, 2004

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