Biography

Clients seek out Frank's no-nonsense guidance when it comes to complex business disputes.

He has litigated partnership and corporate controversies including breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, and securities claims; unfair trade practice, business tort, and antitrust claims; health care matters; and real property claims. Controversies Frank has handled recently include:

  • Represents a provider of mortgage loan due diligence services in litigation against a loan originator who refused to pay any of our client’s invoices for services that it performed on over 1,800 loans, claiming that the services were deficient. The case was tried to the court and is under advisement
  • Represented a closely held corporation sued by preferred stockholders who alleged a violation of their redemption rights, defeating the stockholders' motion for an injunction to enforce their claimed board-stacking rights
  • Defended a title insurance company in a class action seeking to stop the defendants from using allegedly unauthorized title agents, which supposedly caused commissions to be diverted from authorized agents; after years of litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction
  • Represented a provider of online educational materials in an action involving both a payment dispute with a vendor of automated, online essay grading services arising out of the unintended issuance of more than 1,000 grades per essay for several hundred essays and claims for copyright infringement
  • Represented a hedge fund sued for securities fraud and related claims in state and federal courts for investing members' money with an entity that was later learned to be operating a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme
  • Served as an expert witness regarding the standard of care in a legal malpractice case and regarding the reasonableness of attorneys' hourly rates sought on fee applications
  • Appointed to serve as Special Master to conduct settlement conferences and to resolve a discovery dispute in federal court cases in Connecticut, as counsel to hospital medical staff committees conducting peer review hearings, and as a private mediator and arbitrator
  • Represented clients in a number of matters in which subpoenas were served on Connecticut companies to obtain discovery for use in litigation in a foreign country

Frank claims the firm record for greatest latitudinal distance traveled. He has been hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle watching polar bears in the waters off the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard; to Antarctica to see penguins, seals, whales, ice, ice, and more ice; and halfway in between, interacting with iguanas, giant tortoises, and sea lions in the Galapagos.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Yale Law School  (J.D.)
  • Georgetown University  (A.B., summa cum laude)

Public Service

  • United States Naval Reserve, Active Duty (1968-1971)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Chair, Civil Practice and Local Rules Committee (2002-2004); Co-chair, Federal Practice Section (2004-2006); Member, Task Force on Confidentiality and the Courts (2004-2007); and Member, Connecticut Bar Association (present)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Chair, Federal Civil Procedure Committee (2016-2018); Chair, Connecticut State Committee (2012-2014)
  • Member, Business Torts Litigation Committee; Commercial and Banking Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Member, District's Grievance Committee (2005-present); and Member, Civil Justice Advisory Group of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (1996-2000)

Honors

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Local Litigation Star for General Commercial and Securities by Benchmark Litigation
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: General Commercial
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Litigation - Health Care, Litigation - Securities (2001-2019)
  • Ranked among the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Connecticut by New England Super Lawyers© (2008-2016)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense and Health Care (2006-2020)
  • Raymond B. Green Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut's Grievance Committee

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Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Hon. J. Joseph Smith

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Matter

Civil Procedure: Amending Away Federal Class Action Subject Matter Jurisdiction

A Connecticut lawyer and his firm were the plaintiffs in a class action in United States District Court against several title insurance companies, alleging that the title insurance companies’ use of so-called “national agents&rdquo...

Matter

Tort Liability: Fiduciary Duty Law

In an action by a product manufacturer against its Distributing Agent in the United Kingdom, the Connecticut Superior Court granted summary judgment to the defendant on the plaintiff’s claim for breach of fiduciary duty...

News

35 Verrill Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 9, 2020) – The 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 35 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

News

Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Now Three Circuits Say “No”

Well, that didn’t take long! Earlier this month I posted a short piece describing a two-to-two circuit split on the question of whether a foreign private arbitration panel is a “foreign or international tribunal&rdquo...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Location, Location, Location!

International transactions can generate international disputes. A party to a lawsuit in one country may believe that a non-party in another country has information that could be put to good use in the case...

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