Joseph J. Frank


Joseph J. Frank is global co-head of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. A leading securities, enforcement and antitrust litigator, Mr. Frank has been at the center of a number of the most hotly contested disputes of recent years. In the 2015 edition of Chambers USA, clients describe Mr. Frank as a “brilliant orator,” a “strong strategic thinker” and a lead trial counsel with a “very reasoned, calm and persuasive approach.” “Incredible in the courtroom -- Joe makes a difficult case winnable.”

Mr. Frank routinely represents public companies, investment banks and other large financial institutions, including private equity and hedge funds. Among other clients, Mr. Frank has represented Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Carlyle Group, Caesar’s Entertainment, Citi, Credit Suisse, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and UBS. Mr. Frank’s practice includes pro bono work representing capital defendants, advocacy groups for the homeless, and providing advice to Mother Teresa’s order of religious sisters. Mr. Frank also is a director of several companies as well as a trustee and board member of The Trinity School in New York City.

Selected Experience

  • Lead counsel for Nomura Securities in the ISDAfix antitrust litigation before the SDNY. In addition to ISDAfix, Mr. Frank successfully represented another large multinational corporation in litigation and investigations over alleged price fixing of metals traded on the LME.
  • Lead counsel for Barclays Capital and Barclays Bank PLC in various securities litigations across the country, including with Cambridge Place Investment Management, Inc., the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle (“FHLBS”), Mass Mutual, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. In the FHLBS litigation, Mr. Frank obtained partial dismissal of the case and recently succeeded in striking plaintiff’s demand for a jury to try more than $3.8 billion in state securities claims—an issue of first impression in the Washington courts.
  • Lead counsel for a former senior employee of a major investment bank in a regulatory investigation.


  • University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., 1993, cum laude
    • University of Illinois Law Review
  • Catholic University of America, M.A./PhL., 1988
  • Catholic University of America, B.A., 1987, summa cum laude




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