Robert Frank

The Law Firm of Robert J. Frank & Associates LLC
900 W Washington St Ste 1
Lewisburg, WV 24901
(304) 574-8340
www.rjflaw.com


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

Representative Cases

Club Retro LLC v. Hilton, 568 F.3d 181 (5th Cir. 2009)
Estate of Herring v. City of Colo., Springs, 233 Fed. Appx. 854 (10th Cir. Colo.) (10th Cir. Colo. 2007)
Estate of Herring v. City of Colo., Den'd 128 S.Ct. 888, 169 L.Ed. 727 (U.S. 2008)
Stalcup v. Schlage Lock Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1360 (D. Colo. Jan. 9. 2007)
Estate of Wallace v. City of Los Angeles, 229 F.R.D. 163 (C.D. Cal. 2005)
City of Fountain v. Gast, 904 P.2d 478 (Colo. 1995)
Arnold by & Through Valle v. Colorado State Hosp., Dep't of Institutions, 910 P.2d 104 (Colo. Ct. App. 1995)

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 Caf? 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