Frank B. Strickland

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

Frank Strickland is a general practice lawyer. He serves as a court-appointed special master and receiver in commercial litigation matters and is a certified mediator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Mr. Strickland’s practice also includes assisting clients with interests in legislative and public policy matters.

President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Strickland to the eleven-member bipartisan Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Washington, DC. After Senate confirmation, Mr. Strickland was elected Chairman of the Board of LSC and served in that position from April 2003 until April 2010. He continues to serve on two LSC board committees. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the nation. Congress established LSC as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. With an annual appropriation of $465 million, LSC distributes more than 94 percent of its total funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in all 50 states with more than 800 offices.

By appointment of Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, from 2003 to 2016 Mr. Strickland served on the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), which reviews candidates for judicial appointments throughout the State of Georgia.

Mr. Strickland served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard and is a retired Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Former President
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Former Director
  • Bleckley Inn of Court, Georgia State University College of Law, Master
  • Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA), Former Member
  • Board to Determine the Fitness of Bar Applicants, Member Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, Chairman
  • Brandon Neighborhood Association, Board of Directors
  • Cobb Bar Association
  • Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Federal Defender Program Inc., Former Director
  • Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, Former Member Georgia Republican Party, Former General Counsel
  • Georgia Chapter of RNLA, Founder and Former Chairman
  • Georgia Legal Services Program, Former Director
  • Georgia State University College of Law Board of Visitors, Member
  • LSC Leaders Council, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors, 1986-present; Executive Committee, 2017-2019
  • State Ethics Commission, Former Chairman

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review (5.0 out of 5)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2022
  • Daily Report Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, 2005-2021
  • Amicus Curiae of the Supreme Court of Georgia, 2018
  • Judicial Section of the State Bar Spirit of Justice Award, 2017
  • Georgia Presidential Elector, 2016
  • Georgia Legal Services Program Champion of Justice, 2013
  • Emory Law School Epic Inspiration Award, 2011
  • Ninth Annual Justice Robert Benham Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service, 2008
  • St. Thomas More Society Award for Commitment to Justice and Humanity and Difficult Circumstances During Public Service, 2007
  • Atlanta Bar Association Leadership Award, 2003

Practice Areas

  • High Education

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, LLB
  • Vanderbilt University, BA

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court

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