Frances Nolan

200 Office Park Dr.
Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223
United States
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP



2011 Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star in Family Law

Co-Founder and Immediate Past President of Birmingham Collaborative Alliance

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Licensed by Alabama State Bar

Professional Activities

Leadership: ~President, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance ~2011-2013 President, Indian Springs School Alumni Council ~2011/2012 Chair, ADR Committee of American Bar Association Section of Family Law ~Appointed to Alabama Custody Statute Revision Task Force ~Appointed to Alabama Law Institute Committee for review of UCLA ~2011 Official Oberver of UCLA Committee for Uniform Law Commission ~2010/2011 Section of Family Law, American Bar Association, ADR Committee Co-Vice Chair ~2010/2011 Co-Chair, ADR Committee Alabama State Bar Family Law Section, ~ ~ ~Memberships: ~International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners ~American Bar Association ~Alabama Bar Association ~Birmingham Bar Association ~Birmingham Inns of Court ~Rotary Club of Shades Valley ~

Undergraduate Education

B.A. San Francisco State University (Interdisciplinary Study of Social Sciences)

Postgraduate Education

J.D. Cumberland School of Law (cum laude)

Professional Education

I have had training in Appreciative Inquiry; mediation and collaborative law.


I am committed to helping my clients write their own divorce story. There is no denying the stress and upheaval caused by divorce, but the ever escalating conflict and acrimony that often accompany it are optional. Although lawyers can often feed on that, I find that most clients want no part of competitive legal warfare. Instead, most are seeking a way to be heard, a way to make sense of what's happened and a way to move on with hope. Divorce is never easy, but it doesn't have to be mutually destructive, either. I am committed to making the collaborative process available to all who want a private, respectful and honest no-court divorce option.