J. Brion Morrisette was born in 1956, some 6 years after his parents had moved to St. John from the States. The stone cottage that Brion's parents built on a hill overlooking Cruz Bay (before such amenities as paved roads, motorized vehicles and electricity had arrived on St. John) is where the firm's law office is located today.
Brion attended grades 1-8 at parochial and private schools on St. Thomas, and then graduated from a southern college preparatory boarding school in Orange, Virginia, Woodberry Forest School. Following his Southern roots, Brion attended Tulane University in New Orleans, and then transferred to the University of Colorado, in Boulder, where he received his degree, Magna Cum Laude, in cultural Anthropology in 1980. As a pole vaulter, Brion won the Bronze Medal at the 1979 Pan American Games, and qualified for the 1980 Olympics (US boycott of Moscow Games) and 1984 Olympics (15th, in Los Angeles).
After working for two years in Caribbean archaeology on Puerto Rico and elsewhere, Brion returned to law school at the University of Mississippi. Immediately upon graduation in 1985, he returned to his beloved Virgin Islands, where he clerked for almost two years with the Virgin Islands Territorial Court, before working for two years as an associate with the law firm of Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig in St. Thomas.
In 1989, Brion opened his own office on St. John, thus realizing a lifelong goal. While Brion's background in law runs the spectrum from litigation to transactional, his focus over the years has become land use, property and contractual matters.
Brion lives near his law office, on his family land, with his fiancé, Arianne Ladd, and his two beautiful teen-aged girls, Nicole Elizabeth and Savanna Leigh, all of whom enjoy surfing. Brion also is an avid sailor, kayaker, hiker and traveler, and is fluent in Spanish.
•J.D., University of Mississippi Law School, 1985
•B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980, magna cum laude (Cultural Anthropology)
•Morrisette & Muilenburg, LLP, Co-Founder and Partner, 2009 - Present
•Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig, 1987-1989 (St. Thomas, USVI) – Associate
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