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Nicholas David Renninger Attorney Nicholas David Renninger


Location: Portsmouth, Virginia

Phone: (757) 364-0923

Fax: (757) 399-8045

Email: nrenninger@kozakfirm.com

Nick Renninger has called the Tidewater area of Virginia home since 2002, after moving here from Vermont. Nick earned his J.D. from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, where he graduated in the top third of his class. While attending Regent University, Nick was on the Dean's List and held leadership positions in Student Government and the Regent Journal of International Law, where he served as a Managing Editor. He was also the recipient of the Academic Merit Award and Dean's Scholarship.

Before entering private practice, Nick was an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Suffolk where he prosecuted white collar and general property crimes as well as domestic violence crimes. During law school, Nick clerked for the Honorable William R. Savage, III, of the Suffolk General District and Circuit Courts, and also interned for the Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

Nick devotes his practice to representing clients in difficult and complex family law related matters, as well as serious criminal matters in state and federal courts. Nick also serves as Guardian ad Litem for minor children in custody disputes.

In his spare time, Nick is active in his community and enjoys running, hiking, skiing, working out and spending time with his son.

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Guardian ad Litem for Children, Supreme Court of VA, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2008
  • Virginia Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2014


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Academic Merit Scholarship
    • Law Review: Regent Journal of International Law, Managing Editor, 2006 - 2008
  • Regent University School of Undergraduate Studies, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • B.S. - 2004
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Who's Who Among Student's in American & Universities & Colleges
    • Honors: Regent University Outstanding Graduate Award
    • Major: Organizational Leadership & Business Management
  • Woodbury College, Montpelier, Vermont
    • A.S. - 2002
    • Major: Legal Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer's Rising Star - Family Law, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine - Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, 2015, 2019 & 2020
  • Virginia Business Magazine - Legal Elite - Domestic Relations, 2016
  • Virginia Business Magazine - Legal Elite -Criminal Law, 2015
  • The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi Highest Grade in the Study of Professional Responsibility, 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • James Kent Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2015 to present
  • Portsmouth Bar Association, March 2010 - Present, (President, 2013)
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Council Representative for 3rd Judicial Circuit, May 2013 – May 2019
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Suffolk Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member, 2008 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, 2008 - 2010
  • Johnson, Gardy & Teumer, Law Clerk & Attorney, 2008
  • Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Law Clerk, 2007 - 2008
  • Suffolk General District Court, Law Clerk, 2006


  • Phi Alpha Delta
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