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"Every matter is unique. I take the time to listen to my clients and their desired outcomes. We then work together – as a team –to accomplish that goal, be it aggressive litigation, business resolution, or somewhere in the middle."

Frank focuses his practice on corporate disputes, emphasizing business tort, insurance and financial services litigation.  His clients are typically mid-sized companies operating in the Mid-Atlantic.  He works flexibly to resolve matters in the boardroom or courtroom. Ultimately, he strives for a results-oriented strategy wherever that may take him.

Frank’s practice is robust and fast-paced, forged for a decade in the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket” where he routinely appears.  He understands that clients’ needs are immediate and important, and delays can be costly.  He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. 

Frank’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing companies and individuals relating to business torts, contract claims, and injunction matters.
  • Counseling clients and litigating cases involving partnerships, membership and shareholder disputes.
  • Representing companies and employees in connection with non-compete agreements and other employment matters.
  • Prosecuting and defending businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation matters.
  • Representing debtors, creditors, creditor committees and trustees in bankruptcy matters, including workouts, creditors’ rights and adversary proceedings across the nation.

Frank serves on the executive board of the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division and chairs its Moot Court Committee.  Additionally, he sits on the Committee on Federal Judgeships – Western District of Virginia as well as the Historic Richmond Foundation’s junior board. 

Recognition

Named to “Legal Elite,” (Young Lawyer (Under 40)), Virginia Business, 2018

Selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star,” Business Litigation, Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

Experience

Experience

Frank’s recent representative matters include:

Outside general litigation counsel to a large reverse-mortgage company with regard to its national portfolio. See, e.g.:

  •  Live Well Financial, Inc. v. Ditech Mortgage Corp., No. 3:15-cv-00373-MHL (E.D. Va. 2015)
  •  Live Well Financial, Inc. v. Home Point Financial Corp., No. 3:15-cv-00560-JAG (E.D. Va. 2015)
  •  Boster v. Live Well Financial, Inc., No. 2:17-cv-03857-JTC (S.D.W. Va. 2017)
  •  Live Well Financial, Inc. v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, No. 3:18-cv-00141-JAG (E.D. Va. 2018) 
  • Live Well Financial, Inc. v. American Advisors Group, Inc., No. 3:18-cv-00146-MHL (E.D. Va. 2018)

Defense of Matrix Cable, LLC in a bet-the-company litigation beginning with defense of a Temporary Restraining Order/Preliminary Injunction 

  • U. Employment, Inc., et al. v. Matrix Cable, LLC, et al., No. 3:17-cv-00482-REP (E.D. Va. 2017)

Representation of Saadia Group, LLC in the highly-contested acquisition of $177M of assets from the Toys “R” US bankruptcy estate

  • In re: Toys “R” Us, Inc., No. 17-34665-KLP (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2018)

Argued to the Supreme Court on the issue of: “if you get engaged, but don’t get married, who keeps the ring”?

  • McGrath v. Dockendorf, 292 Va. 834 (2016)

Perspectives

Publications

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Committee on Federal Judgeships, Western District of Virginia

Virginia Bar Association, Moot Court Committee

Virginia State Bar

Richmond Bar Association 

Business and Civic Organizations

Historic Richmond Foundation, Junior Board Member

Alumni Board of Directors, York College of Pennsylvania

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

In his spare time, Frank is with his wife and twins, working on his historic home or playing with his Saint Bernard.  He is an automotive aficionado, is learning to sail, and is a fan of good bourbon.

University of Richmond, School of Law, summa cum laude

York College of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude

  • Virginia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • Western District of Virginia
  • Bankruptcy Eastern District of Virginia
  • Bankruptcy Western District of Virginia
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
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