Joseph J. Frank


Joseph J. Frank is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group and is Global Co-Head of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice. A leading securities and M&A litigator, Mr. Frank has been at the center of a number of the most hotly contested disputes of recent years.

Mr. Frank routinely represents major investment banks and other large financial institutions in complex litigation. Among other clients, Mr. Frank has represented Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and UBS.

In addition to securities litigation, Mr. Frank provides transactional and regulatory advice to boards of directors and senior management on issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, and general commercial disputes. His practice has included civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings across a wide range of industries.

Mr. Frank has tried cases to jury verdict in both federal and state court, has litigated matters before the federal panel on Multi-District Litigation, and has represented parties in arbitration before the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, AAA, NYSE and NASD. Mr. Frank also has broad appellate experience, including representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Frank’s practice also includes pro bono work representing capital defendants, advocacy groups for the homeless, and providing advice to Mother Teresa’s order of religious sisters.

Selected Experience

  • Representing 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”), the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago 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.
  • Representing a major financial institution before the Securities & Exchange Commission.
  • Representing a large CDO manager in federal securities fraud litigation in the Southern District of New York. In March of 2013, Mr. Frank obtained complete dismissal with prejudice of all claims.


  • 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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