Frank W. Morrison

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Lynchburg, VA

Phillips, Morrison, Ferrell
 | 828 Main Street, Suite 1403
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: 434-384-0946
Fax: 434-384-0351
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (0%)
    Attorney Profile

    Frank West Morrison is a recipient of the 2004 Founder of ADR in Virginia Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia State Bar's Family Law Section. He also has been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list since 2007 by the publishers of Richmond Magazine and named as one of the "Virginia Legal Elite" by the publishers of Virginia Business Magazine.

    Mr. Morrison has been a frequent lecturer to attorneys through continuing legal education programs and bar seminars, lecturing on more than 50 occasions to attorneys about family law and mediation over the past 15 years. He has written numerous articles for lawyers and mediators over the years, including "To Separate Without Deserting: The Plight of the Economically Dependent Spouse," "The Divorce Court's Jurisdiction Over Life Insurance," "One Mediator's View on Ethics," "Ethical Standards for the Family Mediator" and "Balancing Parents' Rights vs. the Best Interest of the Children."

    Mr. Morrison currently teaches negotiation and mediation at Washington & Lee Law School, has served as a co-trainer of family attorney mediators on numerous occasions, taught a course on domestic relations at the Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, for 15 years, has been a Commissioner in Chancery for the 24th Judicial District since 1984 and a Judge pro tempore and arbitrator in family law cases since 1992, and sat as a substitute judge in the 24th Judicial District Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts for more than 20 years.

    Mr. Morrison has also been trained to provide collaborative family law services as an attorney representing parties in collaborative negotiations. He trains lawyers, mental health care providers and financial professionals in both collaborative law and collaborative team practice. He is also certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a trainer of basic and circuit court family mediation.

    Mr. Morrison has also been very involved in the Lynchburg community, having previously served twice as a Vestry member and Senior and Junior Warden at St. John's Episcopal Church. He has been involved with the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Virginia on various committees and has served on the following boards: Community Corrections Resource Board, Mental Health Association, Daily Bread, Lynchburg Community Action Group, Family Services of Central Virginia, Lynchburg Board of Zoning Appeals, Sweet Briar College Continuing Education Committee and the Virginia Legal Aid Society.

    Personal And Work History

    Frank West Morrison was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Nov. 28, 1944. He received his B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1967. Mr. Morrison subsequently attended law school at Washington & Lee, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1970.

    Mr. Morrison served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps, U.S. Army, from 1971 to 1974. He practiced with William Rosenberger Jr. in Lynchburg, Virginia, until October 1976, was a partner in the law firm of Bell, Morrison & Spies from October 1976, until April 1988, was a partner in the law firm of O'Keeffe, Morrison & Spies from April 1988 to June 1991 and has been a partner with Phillips, Morrison, Johnson & Ferrell since July 1991. Mr. Morrison's practice is concentrated in family law and mediation. Mr. Morrison's wife, Gail Johnson Morrison, a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, is Director of Publications at Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Virginia.

     
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    About Frank Morrison

    Admitted: 1971, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: http://pmjf.com/attorney-profiles/frank-west-morrison/

    Honors/Awards:

    • One of the "Virginia Legal Elite", the Publishers of Virginia Business Magazine
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, Virginia State Bar's Family Law Section
    • Recipient, 2004 Founder of ADR in Virginia Award

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Virginia Supreme Court as a Trainer of Basic and Circuit Court Family Mediation

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, The Continuing Education Subcommittee of the Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Section Council
    • Member, The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Ethics Code Review Committee and the Mediator Review Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia
    • Member, The Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and the Virginia Mediation Network
    • Member, Virginia Bar Association
    • Member, The American Bar Association
    • Member, Campbell County Bar Association
    • Member, The Lynchburg Bar Association
    • Member, The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Child Custody Education Committee, which produced a "Spare the Child" videotape and brochure that are distributed and shown throughout the Virginia court system to help parents keep their children out of their custody and domestic relations disputes
    • Member and Vice Chair, The Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes
    • Member, Legislative Subcommittee, Family Law Section, The Virginia State Bar
    • Member, The Quadrennial Child Support Guidelines Review Panel
    • Member, The Divorce Education Study Committee, Virginia Legislature
    • Member, The Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association
    • Member, Bar Council for the 24th Judicial Circuit; recently completed a three-year term
    • Member, Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association
    • Board Member and Chairman, The Programs, Training and Education Subcommittee, Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals (VACP)
    • Chairman, The Continuing Education Subcommittee, Joint Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Founding member, The Dispute Resolution Services Advisory Council of the Virginia Supreme Court
    • Chairman, Family Law Section Mediation Subcommittee, The Virginia State Bar
    • Chairman, The Law-Related Education Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Virginia State Bar
    • Chairman, The Lynchburg Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Section of the Virginia State Bar
    • Chairman, The Continuing Education Subcommittee, Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Section Council
    • Chairman, Resolution of Fee Disputes Committee of the 24th Judicial Circuit, The Virginia State Bar
    • Chairman, The Family Law Section, Lynchburg Bar Association
    • Chairman, Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association
    • Chairman, Family Law Section, The Virginia State Bar

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Virginia Legal Aid Society
    • Sweet Briar College Continuing Education Committee
    • Lynchburg Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Family Services of Central Virginia
    • Lynchburg Community Action Group
    • Daily Bread
    • Mental Health Association
    • Community Corrections Resource Board
    • Vestry Member & Senior and Junior Warden, St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Virginia
    • Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Balancing Parents' Rights vs. The Best interest of the Children"
    • "Ethical Standards for the Family Mediator"
    • "One Mediator's View on Ethics"
    • "The Divorce Court's Jurisdiction Over Life Insurance"
    • "To Separate Without Deserting: The Plight of the Economically Dependent Spouse"
    • Trainer, Collaborative Professionals Training Institute (CPTI)

    Educational Background:

    • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, B.A., 1967
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    828 Main Street
    Suite 1403
    Lynchburg, VA 24504

    Phone: 434-384-0946

    Fax: 434-384-0351

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