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Frank West Morrison

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lynchburg, VA

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1970
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Mr. Morrison is an effective and successful trial attorney with decades of practice focused exclusively on divorce, family, mediation, and collaboration. His philosophy, which he practices and espouses to the legal community, is that court is a last resort and that lawyers are first counselors at law and should attempt to facilitate and empower people to resolve their own disputes before resorting to litigation. He firmly believes that in order to be an effective negotiator, in all settings other than the collaborative process, an attorney must be an effective trial lawyer. Negotiation is a tool for dispute resolution that both the attorney and client must believe in as the most appropriate process for dispute resolution. Negotiation is never to be used as a refuge due to weakness or fear of trial. He also believes that the cornerstone of any effective attorney/client relationship or negotiation is the attorney’s ability to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues. Central to this idea is the development and facilitation of skills geared toward connecting with clients in order to work together as a team.

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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2019
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Personal Caring Service
Mr. Morrison handled my divorce. My personal and emotional well being was always a priority, after my consultation he immediately guided me to attend counseling. Throughout the entire long painful process of divorce I always felt encouraged knowing my legal counsel worked hard to help me get the final result I desired and needed. Frank Morrison is truly a man of great character. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Valisha | March 13, 2019
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Custody Cases Are Not for Novices
Frank Morrison was retained by our family for a custody case. He provided an initial no fee consultation via phone, and immediately went to work once retained. From the moment that he and his assistant Jenny became involved, I could tell that they were as invested as we were in the safety and well-being of the child. Dealing with some unique circumstances throughout the case was very stressful for us as a family, and at times we were not all on the same page, but Frank expertly used his mediation skills and had us back on track before we even knew what he was doing. The team was responsive throughout the case and flexible throughout the case - never missed an appointment and even worked weekends to accommodate our schedules, with us being out of the area the majority of the time. He was fair as it related to billing and fees - we never felt as if they were milking the clock or managing the case for his benefit. Every step we took he advised us of what our options were, including those that resulted in less billable time for him, and what we could go at alone or to help shave off time he needed to give. I cannot reiterate just how stressful a custody case can be, but Frank was as committed as we were, so it made each step a little more tolerable. When you hire an attorney it is not only for the time they spend on the case, but for the reputation they have in the jurisdiction; the guidance they provide, as you navigate one of the most horrific things you can go through; the knowledge that comes with experience that no lay person would ever have a reason to know; and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are not alone in this. In our case Frank represented the paternal side of the case, and despite how the laws may have evolved, the mentality of most jurisdictions do not treat fathers in the same manner as mothers when it comes to custody. Deadbeat dads have been a term that society has become accustomed to, along with the mentality that a child is automatically better off in the primary care of its biological mother - which is just not always the case. It was nice to have someone who understood that and did not subscribe to that antiquated way of thinking. So while I hope to never need Frank's services ever again, I would not hesitate to reach out to him again and recommend him for anyone who is looking for an attorney, an advocate, an adviser, and an ally all-in-one.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
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Great Child Custody Lawyer
Frank is great. He has helped us with our custody case, more than once. Very smart and professional. He knows what he is doing, and will be completely honest with you about the case and how he feels about it and what to expect. I recommend hiring Frank for any child custody issues.
Posted by Wendy | February 20, 2019
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Be very careful
I hired Mr. Morrison when seeking a divorce. Mr. Morrison has let this case drag on for over 2 years and has not accomplished the things he said he would be able to do. When I question why things are not happening he always says that the other lawyer is not doing what he is supposed to do. However when we were in court it was the other lawyer that seemed well prepared and confident. Mr. Morrison also told me I needed to bring someone to court with me to testify that my husband and I were living separate and apart. I told Mr. Morrison I did not want this person to know my financial information but he proceeded to discuss my financial information with her in the room showing no respect for my request to keep my information confidential. When I arrived for my appointment yesterday Mr. Morrison was not there. When he finally arrived he said he had to leave again and for me to stay and update my budget with office staff. I regret hiring this attorney.
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Response from Frank Morrison March 4, 2019
I am very sorry that Wendy believes she did not get good results during my representation of her and that she believes I did not represent her well. While Wendy did not get everything she wanted, I believe that the settlement to which she agreed during my representation of her was a good settlement for her and I believe that I represented her well. Based on the attorney-client privilege, I am prohibited from giving any of the details of my representation of her and I wish Wendy the best for the future.
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
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  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
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  • VBA and VSB Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Former Chair
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  • Lynchburg Bar Association
  • Former President
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  • Lynchburg Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Former Chair
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  • Virginia State Bar Board of Governors Family Law Section
  • Former Chair
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  • Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Council
  • Former Chair
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • 2006
  • Virginia Legal Elite
  • Virginia Legal Elite
  • 2006
  • Gardner G. DeMallie, Jr. Continuing Legal Education award
  • Virginia Law Foundation
  • 2005
  • Founder of ADR in Virginia
  • Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association
  • 2004
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Lynchburg Divorce and separation Lawyer Frank West Morrison
Frank West Morrison
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lynchburg, VA
Licensed for 53 years
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