Frank’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

Frank is Co-Head of the Litigation and Labor Group and managing partner of the firm’s Charlotte office. Frank’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. During his nearly three decades in practice, he has tried more than 60 cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels and administrative agencies.

Frank has extensive trial and litigation counseling experience. He has represented clients in the financial services industry, having handled numerous cases involving structured finance products and related intellectual property issues. In addition to clients in the financial services industry, he has represented many publicly traded and privately held companies, both domestic and foreign, including major manufacturers in the automotive field and large health care organizations. The cases he has handled cover a broad range as well, from products liability and theft of trade secrets to contract and shareholder disputes, securities and consumer fraud, insurance coverage and medical negligence.

Frank is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Federal, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina; the North Carolina Supreme Court; and the North Carolina Business Court. After earning his law degree, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles L. Becton of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Past Chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and longtime public servant, Frank is a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.   In 2017, Frank was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as Chair of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented a major financial institution in defense of claims of fraud and theft of trade secrets, in connection with a nationwide product launch.
  • Successfully defended a major financial institution in a S.D.N.Y. patent infringement suit in which the jury rendered a complete defense verdict of no infringement and invalidity of the plaintiff's patent.
  • Represented major financial institutions in class actions arising out of claims for unfair and deceptive trade practice, usury, predatory lending practices, violations of the Truth and Lending Act, and RESPA.
  • Obtained a complete, favorable defense result on behalf of a Big Three auto manufacturer in a products liability class action related to use of the Class Action Fairness Act.
  • Represented a group of investors against claims of securities fraud and breach of contract in connection with the organization of a bank.
  • Represented Duke University and Duke University Health System, Inc., in the successful defense of negligence and professional medical liability cases.
  • Defended numerous employment cases arising out of federal and state law causes of action, specifically including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wrongful discharge, constructive discharge and sexual harassment.
  • Successfully defended a patent infringement case for an international products manufacturer.
  • Represented charitable trust in dispute over interpretation of trust agreement and the disposition of the single largest undeveloped tract of land on North Carolina Coast.
  • Represented property casualty insurer in a dispute over insurance coverage issues.
  • Represented federally funded housing authority in connection with breach of contract and race discrimination claims.

Memberships

  • Member, Charlotte Executive Leadership Council
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member, The American Law Institute
  • Director Emeritus, Duke University Health System, Inc.
  • Trustee Emeritus, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Duke University
  • Former Member, North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice
  • Former President, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Former Member, North Carolina Department of Transportation Board

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in North Carolina Politics, Longleaf Politics (2018)
  • Leader in the Field, General Commercial Litigation, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2006-2018
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2018. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2009-2019.  A description of the selection methodology can be found on Best Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Listed as Local Litigation Star, North Carolina in Benchmark Litigation, 2012-2019
  • BTI Client All Star Recognition 2014
  • AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient, Citizen Lawyer, North Carolina Bar Association (2010)

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