Frank is a partner in the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Restructuring practice and member of the Entertainment & Sports and Payment Systems industry teams. He is a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a co-chair of the Art Committee. He is an innovative lawyer whose practice encompasses litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy proceedings and entertainment law matters. With 30 years of experience, he is known for his work in the financial services, payment processing, food services and entertainment industries.
In the bankruptcy area, Frank concentrates on creditors’ rights under the Bankruptcy Code, with an emphasis on unsecured creditors in large Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. He defends a myriad of adversary proceedings and claims (preference, fraudulent transfer and other avoidance claims, claims for violation of the automatic stay, etc.) that arise out of bankruptcy cases and litigating the complex jurisdictional, procedural and legal issues that frequently arise in those proceedings. He has particular expertise defending fraudulent transfer claims, and resolving bankruptcy issues related to trade vendors, credit card payment processors and providers of critical services to large business and consumer debtors.
Frank handles every type of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property issues. He successfully prosecutes and defends copyright infringement actions involving computer software, photographs and musical compositions. He has also handled breach of contract issues, business torts, non-compete covenants, fraud, libel, constitutional claims and defenses, and a host of other business-related issues.
Clients also hire Frank to counsel on both litigation and transactional work in entertainment law. His experience emphasizes issues relating to the music business and the use of music in film, television and other media. His entertainment clients include recording artists signed to major and independent record labels, unsigned artists, songwriters and composers, filmmakers, producers and recording studios, as well as independent record labels and music retailers. Frank is outside general counsel to the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. He also represents book authors in the negotiation of contracts with literary agents and publishing houses, commercial and fine art photographers and other visual artists.
Frank serves as pro bono intellectual property counsel to The Center for Puppetry Arts, and assisted in its acquisition of items from the Jim Henson Foundation collection. In 2008 the Daily Report presented him with the Pro Bono Award for Service to The Arts.