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Frank Flippin specializes in the area of business planning. He has more than 40 years of experience representing management and equity owners in all facets of formation, succession planning, acquisitions and divestitures. Frank served as president of The Virginia Bar Association. He is consistently noted as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Law & Corporate Transactions and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Mergers and Acquisition Law since 1993.

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  • Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. 1969
  • University of Virginia, J.D. 1973


  • More than forty years of experience in all facets of formation, reorganization, operation, and disposition of businesses; corporate, partnership, and limited liability company issues; and divestitures, mergers and acquisitions
  • Represented purchasers and sellers of manufacturing, distribution, and service companies in transactions with public companies, strategic purchasers and private equity groups
  • Assist with regulations for breweries, wineries, and distilleries, and beer and wine distribution (state and federal)
  • Draft and formalize franchise agreements between beer and wine producers and distributors
  • Assist with purchases and sales of companies in alcoholic beverage distribution
  • Facilitate sales and exchanges of beverage distribution territories
  • Represent brewers in development and leasing of distribution facilities
  • Represented management in taking private a subsidiary of an international electronics company
  • Served as a member of the committee that drafted the current Virginia Stock Corporation Act


  • Past President, The Virginia Bar Association (1998)
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Hampden-Sydney College
  • Past Chairman, Board of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Counsel to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge
  • Chair, Virginia State Bar Business Law Section (1983-1984)
  • Director, Roanoke Bar Association (1978-1980)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, The Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association


  • Named “2011 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Law” by The Best Lawyers in America, and noted in the areas of Banking and Finance, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions (1993-2016), also noted in the Best Lawyers in America Business Edition (2016)
  • Named a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Mergers and Acquisitions (2012) and Business & Commercial law (2013) by American Lawyer Media, publisher of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines
  • Designated one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine  in Corporate Law  (2000) and Business Law (2001-2006, 2009-2010, 2012-2014)
  • Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition US in the area of Business/Corporate (2012-2014)
  • Included in Virginia Super Lawyers in the area of Business/Corporate Law (2007-2010, 2013-2015)
  • Named a “Legal Eagle” for Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions by Virginia Living magazine (2012)
  • Peer Review Rated

Published Work

  • Co-author, Directors and Officers’ Liability, chapter for Corporation and Partnerships in Virginia (Virginia CLE, 2009).