Frances Ross Nolan

Nolan Byers, PC

Frances Ross Nolan is an attorney in private practice focused in the areas of family and matrimonial law. Committed to providing alternatives to the traditional adversarial method of dispute resolution whenever possible and appropriate, Frances has been a leader and moving force in the effort to make the Collaborative process available to Alabama families. A certified Collaborative lawyer and family law mediator, Frances co-founded and served as inaugural President of Alabama’s first Collaborative Practice Group, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance (“BCA”). In addition to her work with BCA, Frances currently serves as President of the board for Oasis Counseling for Women and Children, a local non-profit founded in 1995 to provide quality mental health services to the under-served in Jefferson County, and is President-elect for the Birmingham Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, having served that committee for several years in various positions. Frances has served on the Alabama Supreme Court Committee on Collaborative Law Rules of Procedure, was appointed as a Family Law Section Representative on the American Bar’s Advisory Council for Alternative Dispute Resolution and has served as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law. Frances has also served on the Alabama Custodial Laws Revision Task Force, the Alabama Law Institute Collaborative Law Act Committee and as an official Observer to the Uniform Law Commission’s Collaborative Law Act Committee. An alumni of Indian Springs School, Frances is a past president of the Springs Alumni Council and former ex officio member of the school’s Board of Directors. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and a cum laude graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Frances has been married for thirty-one years to William G. Nolan (Bill), an attorney practicing in the area of Elder Law; she and Bill are the proud parents of one son, William G. Nolan, Jr. (William) who is a third year medical school student at UAB.

Session description:

Tips for Successful Negotiation 

We negotiate with someone about something almost every day. This session will give you some straightforward tips to improve your success in negotiations. Learn to ease any fear associated with negotiating and leave empowered to negotiate with confidence.


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