William P. Frank
Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, and Class Actions and Derivative Lawsuits and Appeals
William P. Frank has been one of the firm’s senior litigation attorneys and has been involved in the executive management of the firm for many years, including as a member of the Policy Committee. He represents major corporations, investment banking firms and individuals at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Frank concentrates on securities, commercial contract, fraud and RICO litigation, as well as class actions and shareholder derivative suits, arbitrations and international investigations. He also focuses on takeover cases and proxy contests, and SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) administrative proceedings and investigations, as well as oil and gas, real estate, insurance and ERISA litigations.
Mr. Frank has advised such clients as Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.; Jos. A. Bank; Rockefeller & Co.; Permasteelisa Group, S.p.A.; Travelers Insurance Company; Smith Barney; Flight Safety International; Veritas Capital; Prime Energy Corporation; Investcorp, S.A.; Ally Financial; Gard Corporacion, S.A. de C.V.; Waste Management, Inc.; Citigroup Inc.; Swiss Reinsurance Company; Metropolitan Transit Authority; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Deutsche Bank; Prudential Securities Incorporated; FINRA; the American Stock Exchange; Prudential Insurance Company; Citrosucco, N.A.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies; Colgate-Palmolive Company; The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.; San Diego Gas & Electric Company; Textron Inc.; Estée Lauder Companies; Meiji Dairies Corporation; Combustion Engineering, Inc.; Banca MB S.p.A.; RJR Nabisco, Inc.; Newmont Mining Corporation; and The Order of Malta, as well as officers and directors of major U.S. and international corporations.
Mr. Frank is a frequent panelist on seminars regarding federal procedure, securities laws, and federal and state litigation sponsored by the Practising Law Institute (Chair, Current Developments in Federal Civil Practice, 1998-2012), the American Bar Association, Glasser, ALI/ABA Law Journal Seminars-Press and the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Frank has been recognized for many years in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and bet-the-company litigation.
J.D., Fordham University, 1966
A.B., Georgetown University, 1963
Trustee (2002-Present) and Chair of the Board of Trustees (2013-Present); Chairman of the Executive Committee (2012-2013), Practising Law Institute
Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University (1991-2009); Founder, Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance
Member, Board of Trustees, Fordham University (Emeritus)
Member, Corporate Council, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (2000-Present)
Member, Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (Chair of the Audit Committee)
Member, Disciplinary Committee, Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department (Panel Chair)
Member, Board of Directors, USO of New York (2013-Present)
Trustee, Federal Bar Council (1989-1999)
Member, Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation, American Bar Association (1993-1995); Chairman (1995)
Member, Committee of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Bar Council (1988-1994)
Chairman, Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, American Bar Association (1982-1987)
Executive Secretary, Planning and Program Committee of the Judicial Conference of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1981-1988)
Member, Class Action Improvements Special Committee (1982-1987) and Committee on Judicial Conferences (1988-1992), American Bar Association
Member, Board of Regents, Georgetown University (1988-1994); Chairman (1991-1994)
Member, Board of Directors, Gregorian University Foundation (1994-Present)