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Robert J. Frank, Esq.

Robert J. Frank

Rob has served his profession and community as:

  • Rhema Christian Center – Executive Committee Chair
  • West Virginia MCLE Commission
  • Lewisburg Elementary School PTO President
  • Greenbrier County Child and Youth Advocacy Center, Board of Directors
  • Greenbrier Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, Board of Directors
  • Fatherhood Foundation Inc., Secretary
  • Colorado Christmas in January, Inc., President
  • Republican Congressional Campaign Committee Business Advisory Counsel, Honorary Co-Chairman
  • National Rifle Association – member

Among Rob’s many awards are:

  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer (2007)
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney Award (2014)
  • National Leadership Award (2000 - by the National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Pikes Peak Legal Services 100 Hours Club (for donating 300 hours of pro-bono legal services in one year) (1995-96)
  • Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1994)

Robert J. Frank was born in Ankara Turkey in 1965. His father, Jake Frank, was a U.S. Navy Chief and the majority of his uncles were hard-rock miners in the mines of Silverton and Ouray Colorado. Rob’s mother was a worker in a school cafeteria (a “Lunch Lady”) and later a floral designer. Rob graduated from Doherty High School in 1983. He graduated Cum Laude from Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa in 1987. While at Cornell, Rob was a member of Alpha Chi Epsilon and the Cornell Rugby Football Club.

Rob received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1990, graduating “With Distinction” from the University of Iowa College of Law. While at the University of Iowa Rob was honored to have been chosen as a member, and later, as Associate Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Rob was Vice President of the University of Iowa Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy and was an active member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. While at Iowa, Rob played inside center for Iowa City Rugby Football Club.

Rob and his wife Aby relocated to West Virginia in 2006 and own the historic Bell Estate in the Lewisburg, WV Historic District. Aby is a physician at the Robert C. Byrd clinic and is an Assistant Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rob was one of four candidates recommended to Governor Jim Justice by the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Committee to fill the vacant Division 1 seat as Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Rob has the breadth of experience that only comes from litigating complex cases in multiple jurisdictions. Rob has litigated cases in numerous jurisdictions and is currently licensed to practice law in:

  • West Virginia State Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Colorado State Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Rob has been granted permission to appear in litigation in a number of other jurisdictions including:

  • 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;
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts;
  • Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles;
  • Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda;
  • 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.

Rob’s practice has included litigation of numerous high profile and complex cases. Rob was Co-lead counsel in the wrongful death case stemming from the murder of famous rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls / The Notorious BIG. Labyrinth, the definitive book on Mr. Wallace’s murder, refers to Rob as “a nationally renowned trial lawyer… whose cases are among the most watched in the nation.” Rolling Stone Magazine referred to Rob as a “skilled legal technician.” The major feature film City of Lies, starring Johnny Depp, about the investigation of Mr. Wallace’s murder is set for release Sept. 7, 2018.

In 2017 Rob was selected to act as trial counsel in a national bellwether trial in California regarding harm to children alleged to be caused by the prescription drug Risperdal. Rob is currently lead local counsel on the Greenbrier County groundwater contamination class action stemming from a diesel spill in Anthony Creek. Rob has litigated multiple complex and large cases in nearly every practice area including a murder case involving the Pearl of Allah, multi-million-dollar divorce estates, multimillion dollar estate litigation, complex environmental contamination cases, civil RICO cases, pharmaceutical litigation – including litigation against Purdue Pharma the manufacturer of OxyContin, civil rights litigation, First Amendment litigation, and representation of individuals, churches, and small businesses in every level of litigation and transactional work. Rob has the range of experiences necessary to serve on the Supreme Court of Appeals

Rob’s law practice is an extension of his larger Christian Ministry. Rob is a member of Rhema Christian Center, an interdenominational church, where he serves as Chair of the Executive Committee, as well as in a teaching pastoral role. In 2016 Rob was recognized by Trial magazine for his volunteer work during the June 2016 floods that devastated Greenbrier County. Rob serves persons of all faiths (including those of no faith), and all backgrounds, and life-styles.

West Virginia needs someone of Robert J. Frank’s qualifications to serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa (1990 Graduating with distinction)
    • Associate Editor, Iowa Law Review (1989 – 1990)
    • Member, Iowa Law Review (1988 – 1989)
    • Vice President, Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy (1988 – 1990)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa (1987 Graduating Cum Laude)
    • Politics and Philosophy

PROFESSIONAL LISCENSURE:

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Colorado State Bar

Pro-hoc Vice Admissions

  • 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;
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts;
  • Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles;
  • Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda;
  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Sanders Law Firm (Present)

Of Counsel

  • Litigation counsel for a national firm emphasizing complex civil litigation, including: mass tort litigation; class action litigation; product liability litigation; pharmaceutical and medical device litigation; commercial litigation; securities litigation; civil RICO litigation; complex civil rights litigation; litigation against governmental entities; medical malpractice litigation; and litigation of catastrophic injury claims.
  • Selected by Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in Risperdal JCCP to produce expert deposition outlines regarding treating providers/causation to be used nationally.
  • Advise attorneys on complex legal and medical legal matters.
  • Case of Note: Co-lead trial counsel in Risperdal failure to warn bellwether trial.

The Law Firm of Robert J. Frank & Assoc. LLC (Present)

Owner / Member

  • Practice emphasizing complex civil litigation, including litigation relating to the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families, houses of worship, and governmental entities.
  • Representing individuals and class representatives in cases involving serious injury and death caused by the negligence of third parties, including unsafe or defective products, drug misbranding, fraud, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, environmental contamination, motorcycle crash litigation, tractor-trailer litigation, and automobile collision.
    • Case of Note: Lead local counsel in Lewisburg water contamination case.
  • Representing clients in the litigation of complex civil rights claims pursuant to the First, Second, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
    • Case of Note: Lead Counsel in case brought by a young hunter who was suspended from school for wearing a pro-Second Amendment NRA t-shirt.
    • Case of Note: Lead counsel in case brought by Orthodox Jewish Prisoners against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for violation of religious liberty.
    • Case of Note: Represented a group of Baptist Churches in negotiating changes to a transgender bathroom ordinance to protect persons in the reasonable exercise of their faith.
    • Case of Note: Co-lead counsel in the civil rights case stemming from the murder of famed rapper Biggie Smalls.
  • Representing professionals in matters relating to the formation and dissolution of professional practices, adverse employment actions, professional liability, substance abuse and available programs, and professional licensure.
  • Advising small business clients.
  • Representing clients before federal and state courts of appeal.

Other Litigation Experience

1) Sanders, Jones & Frank, LLC (Owner/Member)

  • Case of Note: Schlage Lock – Security Colorado groundwater contamination case.

2) Tegtmeier, Frank & Jones, LLC (Owner/Member)

3) Victorian Café Company, (General Counsel)

4) Jones, Frank & Linden (Jones & Frank) LLC (Owner / Member)

5) Melat, Pressman, Ezell & Higbie (Associate Attorney)

  • Case of Note: Associate Litigation Attorney assisting on medical malpractice case stemming from anesthesia error in an elective abortion proceeding.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Bar association
    • Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
    • Litigation Section
  • American Association for Justice
    • Civil Rights Section
      • Executive Committee Civil Rights Section (2011 – 2012)
      • Editor, AAJ Civil Rights News Letter (2011 – 2012)
    • Small Firm / Solo Practice Section
    • Republican Trial Lawyer’s Caucus – West Virginia Representative (2011)
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
    • Board of Governors (2010 – 2012)
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Board of Directors (1993 – 1994)
  • El Paso County Bar Association
    • Member, Fee Dispute Committee (1996 – 1998)
    • Secretary of El Paso County Bar Association (1995 – 1996)
    • President, Young Lawyers Committee (1993 – 1994)

COMMUNITY AND NONPROFIT SERVICE

  • Rhema Christian Center – Executive Committee Chair (present)
    • Small Group Leader
    • ROCK Children’s Ministry Volunteer
    • Pastoral Teaching – recorded sermons available on request
  • West Virginia MCLE Commission (2015-2017)
  • Greenbrier County Child and Youth Advocacy Center, Board of Directors (2010 – 2016 (Nonprofit)
    • Finance Committee, (2010 – present)
    • Fund Raising Committee (2010 – present)
    • Ad hoc Committee for Reaccreditation (2011)
  • Greenbrier Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, Board of Directors (2010 – 2011) (Nonprofit)
    • Finance Committee
  • Fatherhood Foundation Inc., Secretary (2000-2004) (Nonprofit)
  • Colorado Christmas in January, Inc., President (1993 – 1995) (Nonprofit)
  • Republican Congressional Committee Business Advisory Counsel, Honorary Co-Chairman (2000)

AWARDS

  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer (2007)
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney Award (2014)
  • National Leadership Award (2000 – by the National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Pikes Peak Legal Services 100 Hours Club (for donating 300 hours of pro-bono legal services in one year) (1995-96)
  • Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1994)

OPINIONS OF NOTE

  • 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. 2007) Cert. 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)

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

  • 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;
  • Detecting Malingering In a Minor Closed Head Injury Case: Objective Neuropsychological Methods, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2 p. 65, March / April 1994;
  • The Totality of the Circumstances; A proper Analysis of Foreseeability, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 24 No.5 p. 1075, May 1995;
  • 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;
  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Colorado Practitioner, National Business Institute, 2004.
  • Pretextual Administrative Searches – A Fourth Amendment Violation, AAJ Civil Rights Section Newsletter, Spring 2010.

Rob has served his profession and community as:

  • Rhema Christian Center – Executive Committee Chair
  • West Virginia MCLE Commission
  • Lewisburg Elementary School PTO President
  • Greenbrier County Child and Youth Advocacy Center, Board of Directors
  • Greenbrier Valley Young Men’s Christian Association, Board of Directors
  • Fatherhood Foundation Inc., Secretary
  • Colorado Christmas in January, Inc., President
  • Republican Congressional Campaign Committee Business Advisory Counsel, Honorary Co-Chairman
  • National Rifle Association – member

Among Rob’s many awards are:

  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014-2018)
  • Colorado Super Lawyer (2007)
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney Award (2014)
  • National Leadership Award (2000 - by the National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Pikes Peak Legal Services 100 Hours Club (for donating 300 hours of pro-bono legal services in one year) (1995-96)
  • Brian S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (1994)