Nancy’s been a lawyer since 1998. After two years of general practice, she chose to become a lawyer entirely specialised in criminal law. From 2001 to 2007 she worked at Cleerdin & Hamer Advocaten, under the wings of Gerard Hamer.
In 2008 she founded Dekens & Groenendaal Strafrechtadvocaten. This firm closed by the end of 2016. On 1 January 2018 she joined (then still) Pijnenburg Advocaten. Nancy missed the hustle and bustle of the big city and the sparring in comprehensive criminal cases at the office. In Maarten she found an equal sparring partner who practices criminal law with the same passion as she does. Nancy likes to perform in complex criminal cases (homicides, organised crime, fraud) and does not shy away from a tough discussion during trials. Laying the legal puzzle and writing convincing pleadings are elements of the profession that still intrigue her after all these years. In her approach, the person behind the criminal case is always central.
In addition to private individuals, Nancy regularly defends companies and their managers who are suspected of criminal offences.
All her clients get an honest story. Nancy says what the situation is, how the case stands and what her defence can deliver. Nancy does not say things that are not reasonable or have no meaning.
In addition to a passion for criminal law, Nancy is a fanatical athlete. She practices karate and plays hockey. She also likes to cycle quite a bit on her racing bike in good weather.
Nancy is a member of the Dutch Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (NVSA) and of the Amsterdam Lawyers Psychiatry Association (vPAN), of which she is also a board member.