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Collaborative Law Practice Video Webinars

This four-part series of free 60-minute webinars will guide you through the ins and outs of collaborative law practice. This series is sponsored by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, the Birmingham Bar Association – Collaborative Law Committee, Birmingham Collaborative Law Alliance, and the Dispute Resolution and Solo/Small Firms Sections of the Alabama State Bar.

Register for the fourth webinar.

Note: CLE Credit is not available for viewing the webinar after the event.


Introduction to Collaborative Law Practice

This recording was produced by ACDR at our August 23, 2019 webinar. 

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Focus on Team: Breaking Down Roles

This recording was produced by ACDR at our September 20, 2019 webinar. 

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The How To’s of Collaborative Law

This recording was produced by ACDR at our October 18, 2019 webinar. 

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About the Faculty


Virginia Miller, Sexton/Miller LLC, Birmingham.
Virginia is an attorney who has practiced in Alabama for sixteen years and is a member of the firm Sexton/
Miller LLC. She has extensive training in the area of collaborative law and is a registered mediator in Alabama. She has had the opportunity to serve in several positions on both the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance’s Executive Board as well as the Executive Board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Birmingham Bar Association including being the current chair for the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance and the immediate past chair for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. She also sits on other boards including the Birmingham Bar Foundation where she coordinates an outreach program called Resolve 2 Solve where attorneys in the Birmingham Metro Area volunteer in local schools in order to teach children alternative methods of resolving disputes. Virginia has also coached the Mediation Team at Cumberland School of Law since 2014. Virginia graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2000 with a J.D. and is licensed in both Alabama and Georgia.

Steven P. Gregory, Gregory Law Firm, PC, Birmingham.
Steven focuses exclusively on dispute resolution: Civil Litigation; Arbitration; Mediation; Collaborative Law; Aviation Law and Litigation. Steven is a member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and the panel of arbitrators for the Financial Regulatory Authority. He has been appointed to almost one hundred arbitration panels and has been chosen by the parties and their counsel to chair at least half of those panels. Steven has mediated numerous cases encompassing a wide variety of legal issues. In June of 2016, he attended a one week conference on mediating complex disputes at the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. Steven completed a forty-hour course in Divorce and Family Mediation and a two day course in Domestic Violence Mediation. He is a registered domestic relations mediator. He completed formal training in collaborative law in 2018. Steven attended the University of Alabama and earned his J.D. in 1991. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association (member, Collaborative Law Committee), the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution (Arbitration Committee, Collaborative Law Committee, Mediation Committee, Securities in ADR Committee)), the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Frances Nolan, Nolan | Byers PC, Birmingham.
Frances is not your typical attorney. She was inspired to become a lawyer by the struggles of her parents and numerous friends for whom the divorce process was especially challenging. Having studied psychology and social science in college, divorce law provided the perfect marriage of her educational experiences with the opportunity to make a personal difference in the lives of others. After practicing family law at The Crittenden Firm, PC for eight years, she and colleague Leigh Byers co-founded Nolan Byers, PC. To-gether, they designed a boutique family law firm that is dedicated to empowering clients who face the stress inherent to divorce and other matrimonial law matters. Frances works to understand each client’s goals and concerns and to educate them about options for achieving their desired outcomes. For some, the traditional court process provides the structure and security required. For others, private, out-of-court methods may be preferred. Frances was instrumental in bringing Collaborative Divorce to Alabama. As a certi-fied Collaborative lawyer, Frances co-founded and served as the inaugural President of Alabama’s first Collaborative Practice Group, Birmingham Collaborative Alliance (BCA). Frances earned her J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University where she graduated cum laude.

Brian D. Turner, Jr., The Law Offices of Brian Turner, LLC, Birmingham.
Brian has represented a wide range of clients facing many types of issues. He has helped families put the pieces back together and represented small businesses facing today's challenges. Brian has successfully represented clients in many forums, from local court-houses to national mass tort claims. He is also a trained Collaborative Law professional. He has worked on national litigation commit-tees, including steering committees and various sub-committees for several pharmaceutical mass tort litigation matters. Through all of this, he has found that most disputes are resolvable when the parties take the time to listen to one another. Brian's experience, knowledge of the law, and creativity, along with his representing the varied interests of individuals and businesses, plaintiffs and defendants, has given him a unique and insightful perspective allowing him to effectively serve his clients. Brian graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1995 and received formal training as a mediator for civil and family law matters. He has been a member of the Alabama Civil Court Mediator Roster since 2002.

Sponsored by

Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
Birmingham Bar Association, Collaborative Law Committee
Birmingham Collaborative Law Alliance
Dispute Resolution and Solo/Small Firm Sections of the Alabama State Bar


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