Grace Morse-McNelis

  • Counsel at Sands Anderson PC (60 Attorneys)
  • Bank of America Center, 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
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Grace Morse-McNelis is an experienced, passionate attorney who dedicates her legal efforts to representing the unique needs of health-care organizations and practitioners. She joined Sands Anderson in 2017, bringing two decades of legal experience. As an advocate for her clients, Grace’s goal is to deliver the meaningful and complete legal support that helps each individual come out ahead.

Grace has a diverse background as an attorney in medical law and as a former medical professional, having practiced as a nurse and served in managerial positions. Through these experiences, she directly understands the legal challenges and opportunities facing the health-care industry, as well as the strategies necessary to prepare and protect them during litigation. Today, she applies her talents to support two industry niches: traditional medical malpractice and correctional health care.

For medical malpractice clients, Grace is deeply aware of the interconnected pieces her clients must dissect and address in complex medical records. She helps each client to thoroughly meet their legal needs, from identifying which medical studies relate to a case to selecting the medical experts integral to the defense. Through her intricate and steadfast support, Grace handles each case with resolve.

For correctional health-care clients, Grace understands how to navigate the medical systems of varied corrections facilities and has significant experience defending 42 USC section 1983 matters and the complexities of civil rights litigation combined with medicine. She brings experience in all aspects of litigation, including research, appeals, client investigation, and beyond. As such, you gain an ally who can help you streamline the intricacies of the correctional medical environment.

No matter her clients’ goals, Grace’s attention to detail helps ensure that each person can express their concerns and thereby create the best legal outcomes. Outside of the office, Grace pursues a variety of hobbies, including poetry, photography, hiking, and running. She’s also a food enthusiast who enjoys learning about the history and culture of culinary experiences. Grace is a fluent native-Spanish speaker.


•Recognized jointly with Ed McNelis for the most trial defense victories of any attorney throughout the country by TeamHealth
March 2017


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Favorite Book

•The Count of Monte Christo
by Alexandre Dumas

Community Service

•Community Idea Stations Volunteer, WCVE PBS Richmond
•Organizes with her family ongoing efforts to distribute care bags filled with essential items to homeless individuals in Downtown Richmond.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Healthcare
  • Product Liability
  • Litigation
  • Professional Services
  • Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(804) 783-7233  Phone
(804) 783-7291  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1998, Richmond, VA 23219-3500
University Attended:
University of Florida College of Nursing, B.S., 1990; American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer, 2006
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego Law School, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit; Virginia; Florida; California

Professional Affiliations

•American College of Sports Medicine
•Defense Research Institute
•Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association
•Richmond Bar Association
•Richmond Bar Association Pro Bono Committee
•The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
•Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
•Virginia State Bar
•Virginia Bar Association

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Fixed Hourly Rates

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    Richmond, VA
    Bank of America Center , 1111 East Main Street, Suite 2400
    Richmond, VA 23219-3500

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