Nichole A. Collins Esquire

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
866-765-0706 (Toll Free)
(717) 545-3083

My name is Nichole A. Collins and I have been in private practice since 2010. My practice is focused exclusively on family law and criminal defense. Over the years I have litigated hundreds of cases, including but not limited to: Divorce, Custody, Relocation, Grandparents Rights, Dependency, Adoption, Child Support, Spousal Support, Alimony Pendente Lite, Alimony, Protection from Abuse, DUI, Assault, Rape and related sex offenses, Drug Offenses, PCRA matters, as well as Superior Court Appeals.

I attended collage at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and graduated summa cum laude (with highest honors) in 2005. I have a B.S. in psychology, a Criminal Justice Minor, and a pre-law emphasis. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. I began law school in 2006 at Widener University School of Law, and graduated in 2009. During law school I was a member of VITA (the volunteer income tax assistance program). I also participated in the Widener Civil Law Clinic.

Following law school graduation I did an externship at the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Counsel Division. The BPOA regulates the 29 professional and occupational licensing boards. I worked primarily with the following boards: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Psychology, and Real Estate. My primary responsibility was to draft recommendations to the board regarding whether or not disciplinary action should be taken against a licensee.

Next, I accepted a job as Legislative Counsel for State Senator Anthony Williams. My responsibilities included: Drafting and Promoting Legislation, Attending Committee Meetings, Briefing the Senator on Proposed Legislation, Meeting with Lobbyists, Giving Speeches on the Senator's behalf, and more. I loved my job with the Senate, but I wanted a career where I could actually make a difference by advocating for people on an individual level. I left the Senate in August of 2010 and began my private practice journey with Scaringi & Scaringi, P.C. Presently I am doing the same thing (family law and criminal defense) with Shaffer & Engle.

The percentage of my practice devoted to litigation is probably around 60%.

I am admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, and the Federal United States District Court. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Dauphin County Bar Association.

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Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania


  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: Member of VITA (the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program)
  • University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse, Wisconsin
    • B.S. summa cum laude - 2005
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Member, Golden Key International Honor Society
    • Major: Psychology
    • Minor: Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Emphasis

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • State Senator Anthony Williams, Legislative Counsel
  • The National Trial Lawyers