Frank Witcher McCullough III

F. Witcher McCullough

Title: Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator
Company: McCullough ADR
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Frank Witcher McCullough III, Attorney, Mediator, and Arbitrator at McCullough ADR, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mediation and arbitration law.

A celebrated figure in the legal industry, Mr. McCullough has amassed nearly 50 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. An attorney since 1970, McCullough   represented plaintiffs and defendants throughout Texas in such areas as banking, real estate, product liability, personal injury, construction, business, commercial, environmental, professional liability, trademark and patent infringement, and maritime and white collar criminal practice until 2009 when he formed McCullough ADR to focus primarily on alternate dispute resolutions, mainly mediations and arbitrations.  Prior to this move, he served as a trial lawyer with Baker Botts, LLP, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Diamond McCarthy Taylor & Finley, and Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay. Earlier in his career, Mr. McCullough acted as regional counsel with GATX Corporation, an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston (where he also served as Attorney-in-Charge of a Federal Strike Force for a year) and an Industrial Relations Specialist with Continental Oil and Refining Company.

In preparation for his illustrious career, Mr. McCullough sought a formal education, first graduating from The Mercersburg Academy then obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Stetson University in 1967, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University in 1970. He has been admitted to practice in the states of Texas and West Virginia, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern,  Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has further been certified as a mediator by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly National Association of Securities Dealers) since 1996. He is an independent arbitrator as well as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

A leading expert in his realms of interest, Mr. McCullough maintains affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the alternative dispute resolution sections of the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association, and the Association of Attorney-Mediators. In addition, he has been appointed by eight State Bar Presidents to serve as a grievance committee member in Houston and Austin for 24 years, often as a Panel Chair and District Chair. He was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court as chair of its Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee from 1984 to 1987, where he formerly served as a member from 1983 to 1992,and remains an ex officio member, and was appointed by the State Bar President to the  Unauthorized Practice of Law Task force for the State Bar of Texas from 1998 to 2001. He  was also appointed relief Austin Municipal Judge from 2012-2018.

Mr. McCullough served on the board of directors of the Stetson University Alumni Association , and he is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. A former board director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas from 1991 to 1994, he also held the role of special commissioner of Harris County, Texas, in 1982.

In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Mr. McCullough has maintained an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he was previously voted Best Qualified Judicial Candidate for the Court of Appeals, Houston, in the State Bar of Texas Judicial Candidate Poll. He has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. Most notably, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

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