Frances Ross Nolan

Top rated family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Nolan Byers, PC
Frances Ross Nolan
Nolan Byers, PC

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 2005

Education: Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2011

Nolan Byers, PC

200 Office Park Dr
Suite 303
Birmingham, AL 35223 Visit website


Frances Ross Nolan represents clients in the central Alabama and greater Birmingham areas in the area of family law, including divorce, complex asset valuation and division, child custody and support, spousal support, antenuptial (prenuptial) agreements, , ,dependency, paternity and other family-related legal issues.

In addition to providing experienced representation in traditional litigation, Nolan is also trained in Collaborative Divorce, and is able to provide skilled representation to those preferring an alternative, no-court process for resolving their legal disputes. After discussion and review of each client’s unique circumstances, and goals, Nolan provides an array of process options to allow clients to determine the best approach for them and their family.

Nolan currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Oasis Counseling for Women and Children, and is President-Elect of the Dispute Resolution Committee for the Birmingham Bar Association. Nolan is the past chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, and served onthe council for the Alabama State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section for several years, as well as on the Alabama Custodial Laws Revision Task Force and the Alabama Law Institute Collaborative Law Act Committee Nolan is an official observer to the Uniform Law Commission's Collaborative Law Act Committee and was an integral force in bringing Collaborative Divorce to Alabama.

Nolan has been recognized annually as a top attorney by Birmingham and B-Metro Magazines since the founding of Nolan Byers, PC and was named by Bham Biz Magazine as one of its 205 Influential Executives in its inaugural edition, and by Positive Maturity Magazine as one of the Top 50 Over 50. 

Ms. Ross Nolan is an Alabama native and a graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She is a member of the Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, the Alternative Dispute Resolutions sections of the Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations, and Birmingham Inns of Court.

Ms. Ross Nolan has practiced with Nolan Byers, PC, in Birmingham, Alabama since 2013 after working at The Crittenden Firm for eight years.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Adoption, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 2005, Alabama

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State of Alabama
  • Cofounder and President, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance
  • Member, Alabama Custodial Laws Revision Task Force
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners
  • Member, Family Law section, Women Lawyers section, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Local courts, Jefferson and Shelby counties
  • Council member, Alternative Dispute Resolution section, Alabama Bar Association
  • Observer, Uniform Law Commission’s Collaborative Law Act Committee
  • Member, Family Law section, Alabama State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court of Alabama, Middle District
  • Member, Birmingham Inns of Court
  • Member and former chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Family Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Collaborative law Act Committee, Alabama Law Institute
  • Member, Family Law section, American Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • San Francisco State University
  • Among the first women to graduate from the formerly male-only Indian Springs School
  •  Cumberland School of Law at Samford University , J.D, cum laude, 2005
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, ex officio, Board of Directors, Indian Springs School
  • President, Indian Springs School Alumni Council
  • Member, Rotary Club of Shades Valley
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Collaborative Lawyer and Family Law Mediator
  • Selected by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star in Family Law, Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2011
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recognized by Positive Maturity Magazine as one of the Top 50 Over 50., 2014
  • President of the Board of Directors for Oasis Counseling for Women and Children, 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presented to a group of business leaders on the topic of successful negotiation. Packed room generated lively dicussions and inspiration for all., Presenter on Tips for Successful Negotiation, Momentum's Vision 2020 Leadership Conference , 2020
Industry Groups:
  • 75% Divorce and related matters; 25% adoption
  • guardianship of minors
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements

Office location for Frances Ross Nolan

200 Office Park Dr
Suite 303
Birmingham, AL 35223

Phone: 205-314-0636


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2011

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