Joseph J. Frank


Joseph J. Frank is global co-head of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice.  A leading securities, regulatory and M&A litigator, Mr. Frank has been at the center of a number of the most hotly contested disputes of recent years.  In 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 private equity firms, public companies and investment banks across a range of disputes, financial regulatory issues, and M&A/divestiture transactions.  Among other clients, Mr. Frank has represented Apollo, 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 one of the principal defendants in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Litigation, a major recent test case for claims against private equity firms and financial institutions. On March 24, 2016, after a 15-day trial, Mr. Frank won a complete verdict defeating over $2.5 billion in proposed claims.
  • Lead counsel for Barclays Capital and Barclays Bank PLC in the FHLBS securities litigation. On February 14, 2016, after several years of litigation, Mr. Frank won summary judgment for Barclays, extinguishing $422 million in claims. This important victory is one of only a handful of times across hundreds of cases that a Wall Street bank has won summary judgment in litigation arising out of the Financial Crisis.
  • 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 commodities traded on the LME.


  • 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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