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Robert J. Frank

Robert J. Frank

Location:
Lewisburg, West Virginia
Phone:
304-574-8340
888-331-1351
Fax:
304-520-4926
Email:

Robert J. Frank was born in Ankara Turkey in 1965. His father was a U.S. Navy Chief and his mother a floral designer. Mr. Frank grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from Doherty High School in 1983. He graduated Cum Laude from Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa in 1987. Mr. Frank received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1990, graduating “With Distinction” from the University of Iowa College of Law. While at the University of Iowa Mr. Frank was honored to have been chosen as a member, and later, as Associate Editor of the Iowa Law Review. While at Iowa Mr. Frank was a member of the Moot-Court Board, was a finalist in the Appellate Advocacy II Competition, was Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and was an active member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Robert J. Frank has been licensed to practice in the federal and state courts of Colorado continuously since 1990. Mr. Frank has been licensed to practice in the federal and state courts of West Virginia continuously since 2008. Mr. Frank has been licensed to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008. Additionally, Mr. Frank has been granted permission to appear in other states on a special basis to assist in the litigation of complex cases. These jurisdictions include:

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California;
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Louisiana;
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana;
  • Circuit Court of the 21st Judicial Court, Kankakee, Illinois;
  • Thirteenth Judicial District Court, Yellowstone County, Montana;
  • 9th Judicial District Court, Rapids Parish, Louisiana;
  • 14th Judicial District Court, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

Mr. Frank is a member of the American Association for Justice, West Virginia Association for Justice and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He is a memver of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, El Paso County Bar Association, and West Virginia bar.

In 1993-1994 Mr. Frank served as the President of the El Paso County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee and was a member of the Colorado State Young Lawyers Board of Directors. Mr. Frank has a long history of service to the bar including: member of the 100 Hours Club for donating 300 hours of pro-bono legal services, Secretary of the El Paso County Bar Association (1995-96), President of Colorado Christmas in January Inc., Member of the El Paso County Fee Dispute Committee, Secretary of The Fatherhood Foundation Inc. and Honorary Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Counsel.

In 1994 Mr. Frank was awarded the Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. In 2000 Mr. Frank was awarded the National Leadership Award by the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2007 Robert J. Frank was named as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” an award given to the top 5% of attorneys in the state of Colorado based on peer review.

Robert J. Frank has published numerous practical and scholarly legal articles and teaches continuing education seminars for lawyers and paralegals. Mr. Frank’s publications include: American Savings Bank v. Waschkat: Iowa Continues to Frustrate the Rights of Co-debtors, Iowa Law Review; Vol. 75, No. 1 p. 259, Oct. 1989; Discovery, A Pre-Requisite to The Running Of the Governmental Notice Period, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 24, No. 10 p. 2381, 1995; Informal Investigation and Discovery: Winning the Ball Game Before it Begins, Colorado Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon L.L.C. 1998; Pretextual Administrative Searches – A Fourth Amendment Violation, (accepted for publication) AAJ Civil Rights Section Newsletter, Spring 2010; The Totality of the Circumstances; A proper Analysis of Foreseeability, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 24 No.5 p. 1075, May 1995; Detecting Malingering In a Minor Closed Head Injury Case: Objective Neuropsychological Methods, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2 p. 65, March / April 1994; Complex Issues in Divorce for the Colorado Practitioner, National Business Institute, 2004.

A national publication has referred to Robert Frank as “a nationally renowned trial lawyer... whose cases are among the most watched in the nation.” Sullivan, R., Labyrinth. Mr. Frank has been referred to by media as a “skilled legal technician.”  Rolling Stone, Issue 989, December 15, 2005, p. 126.  Mr. Frank was co-counsel on Bonicelli v. Estate of Bonicelli, the largest wrongful death award in the state of Colorado ($32.4 million).  Mr. Frank was lead co-counsel on The Estate of Wallace et.al. v. City of Los Angeles, one of the nation’s largest civil rights cases. 

Mr. Frank has successfully represented individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation and appeals against the nation’s largest and most powerful law firms and governmental institutions. Mr. Frank has successfully represented clients in state trial courts, state appellate court, federal district courts, and federal courts of appeal. 

Mr. Frank’s practice emphasizes representing clients in federal and state appellate and trial courts on matters involving complex civil litigation including: serious bodily injury and death; motorcycle litigation; civil rights; complex domestic matters implicating First and Fourteenth Amendment rights; and complex business litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Civil Rights
  • Estate Planning
  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate Law
  • Police Misconduct
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Letters of Opinion
  • Disciplinary Defense
  • Deprivation of Parental Rights
  • Complex Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 2008
  • Colorado, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1996

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Juris Doctor - 1990
    • Honors: Graduating With Distinction
    • Honors: Vice President Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, 1988-1990
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 1989-1990
    • Law Review: Iowa Law Review, Associate Editor, 1989 - 1990
    • Law Review: Iowa Law Review, Member, 1988 - 1989
  • Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1987
    • Major: Politics and Philosophy

Published Works

  • American Savings Bank v. Waschkat:Iowa Continues to Frustrate the Rights of Co-debtors, Iowa Law Review, Vol. 75, No. 1 p. 259, Oct, 1989
  • Discovery, A Pre-Requisite to The Running Of the Governmental Notice Period, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 24, No. 10 p. 2381, 1995
  • Informal Investigation and Discovery: Winning the Ball Game Before it Begins, Colorado Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon L.L.C., 1998
  • The Totality of the Circumstances; A proper Analysis of Foreseeability, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 24 No.5 p. 1075, May, 1995
  • Detecting Malingering In a Minor Closed Head Injury Case: Objective Neuropsychological Methods, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2 p. 65, March / April, 1994
  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Colorado Practitioner, National Business Institute, 2004
  • Pretextual Administrative Searches – A Fourth Amendment Violation, (Accepted for Publication), AAJ Civil Rights Section Newsletter, Spring, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1994
  • National Leadership Award (2000 - by the National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Association for Justice, Civil Rights Section
  • American Association for Justice, Personal Injury Section
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • El Paso County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Sanders, Jones & Frank, LLC, Owner / Member, 2008 - 2009
  • Tegtmeier, Frank & Jones, LLC, Owner/Member, 2000 - 2002
  • Victorian Café Company, General Counsel, 1998 - 2004
  • Jones, Frank & Linden (Jones & Frank) LLC, Owner / Member, 1996 - 2000
  • Melat, Pressman, Ezell & Higbie, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, The El Paso County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee, 1993 - 1994
  • Board of Directors, Colorado State Young Lawyers, 1993 - 1994
  • Pikes Peak Legal Services 100 Hours Club (for donating 300 hours of pro-bono legal services in one year), 1995 - 1996
  • Secretary of the El Paso County Bar Association, 1995 - 1996
  • Member of the El Paso County Fee Dispute Committee, 1996 - 1998
  • Secretary of the Fatherhood Foundation Inc., 2000 - 2004
  • Honorary Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Counsel, 2000
  • Board of Directors, Greenbrier County Child and Youth Advocacy Center
  • Rhema Christian Center, Cares Ministry

The Law Firm of
Robert J. Frank & Associates, LLC

900 W. Washington Street
Suite 1
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone 304-574-8340
Toll Free 888-331-1351
Fax 304-520-4926
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Attorney Rob Frank handles cases in Lewisburg, Beckley, Union, Bluefield, Princeton, White Sulfur Springs, Charleston, Marlington, Fayetteville, Oak Hill, Greenbrier County, Raleigh County, Kanawha County, Monroe County, Pocahontas County and Fayette County in West Virginia. He also handles select cases in other jurisdictions nationwide.

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