Atherton Nicholson, Barristers and Solicitors is a small firm of trial lawyers located in downtown Dartmouth. Patrick Atherton and Tanya Nicholson practiced together for several years under the former firm of Scaravelli & Associates. On January 1st, 2013, they formed a partnership which has resulted in the new name.
Patrick Atherton has been practicing exclusively in the area of criminal law and has represented clients facing a full range of criminal matters. Patrick has met with success for his clients in Provincial Court, Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Patrick was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1997.
Tanya Nicholson has been practicing exclusively in the area of family law and offers her clients a wide range of legal services so that each family law problem has a unique strategy. Although she has been to all levels of court in the province, she works towards a peaceful resolution unless a more assertive approach is required. Tanya was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1997.
In late 2015, G. Michael Owen joined Atherton Nicholson and brought with him a wealth of experience and a diverse practice. Michael has areas of concentration in criminal, family, estate, and civil litigation with experience in court martials. His vast experience allows him to draw on each discipline in helping clients with complex legal problems. Michael was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 1978.
Michelle James joined the firm in May, 2016, starting a new practice as a criminal defence lawyer after more than 14 years as a senior crown attorney. Michelle’s success at all level of courts in Nova Scotia will continue as a member of the defence bar and her invaluable experience as a prosecutor will directly benefit her clients at all stages in the criminal law process. Michelle was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2000.
Beth Newton also joined the practice in May, 2016, bringing her expertise in family law and dedication to client service. She practices in family law, wills and estates law and civil litigation. Before joining the legal profession, Beth was a high school teacher for five years. In this tradition, she educates her clients on various legal options and instills in them the confidence to move forward. Beth was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2008.
David R. Dalrymple joined the firm in May, 2014, with the intent of building a practice in family, criminal and civil litigation. David’s background in engineering allows him to bring attention to detail to all legal problems. David has the support of the partners and other associates, who provide mentoring in their field of expertise, and in turn, he supports them with in-depth research while growing his own practice. David was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in 2013.
Atherton Nicholson is located at 52 King Street, Dartmouth. They await your call at