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Frank’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy in state and federal courts with an emphasis on employment law, constitutional torts (Section 1983), public entity defense, and insurance defense. He has handled more than 150 appellate cases and routinely consults with trial attorneys on error preservation and pre-appeal strategy. He has prosecuted and defended original actions (e.g., mandamus, prohibition, etc.) in district appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Frank has also submitted amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefing on behalf of clients and organizations including the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.
In 2008, Frank became one of the first attorneys to be certified as a specialist in appellate law by the Ohio State Bar Association. Most recently, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine named him a Rising Star in appellate practice. Ohio Super Lawyers showcases outstanding lawyers in Ohio who are recognized by their peers for professional accomplishments. Only 2.5 percent of Ohio lawyers are chosen as Rising Stars.
Frank’s trial practice focuses primarily on the defense of public entities and their employees in federal and state courts. He is involved in all aspects of trial advocacy. Frank is the Chairman of the Governmental Liability Committee of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.
Frank previously worked as a news reporter and a magazine editor, covering the medical and construction industries.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star in Appellate Practice||Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Distinguished Service Award||Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys||2011|
|Rising Star in Appellate Practice||Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine||2011|
|Distinguished Service Award||Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys||2008|
|Certified Specialist in Appellate Law||Ohio State Bar Association||N/A|
|Partner||Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.||2010 - Present|
|Associate||Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.||2002 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys||Chairman, Governmental Liability Committee||2008 - Present|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association||Articles Editor/Member||2005 - Present|
|Cleveland Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Sullivan v. Anderson Township, 122 Ohio St.3d 83, 2009-Ohio-1971||Favorably reversed|
|State Ex Rel. Andwan v. Village of Greenhills, 1st Dist. No.s C-100011 and C-100051, 2010-Ohio-5962||Favorably reversed|
|Bricker v. State Farm Ins., 11th Dist. No. 2009-L-087, 2010-Ohio-3047||Favorably reversed|
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|Decisive Defense Blog||Political Subdivisions Not Necessarily Immune from Intentional Torts||2012|
|Decisive Defense Blog||Five Public Entity Cases to Watch in 2012||2012|
|Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Quarterly Review,||Do Interlocutory Appeals of Orders that Deny Immunity Under Ohio Rev. Code 2744.02(C) Require Civ. R. 54 (B) Certification in Multi-Party/Claim Cases?,||2008|
|Cleveland Bar Journal||Turning an Appellate Loss Into a Post Judgment Win||2006|
|Cleveland Bar Journal||Appellate Practice Pearls Oral Argument: Prepare Early, Emphasize Strengths But Anticipate Weaknesses||2006|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude||2002|
|Nazareth College||English Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|2nd Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Court Institute||“Federal Appellate Practice”||2012|
|Governmental Liability Seminar (Moderator)||Governmental Liability||2011|
|Ohio Association of Magistrates Fall Conference Common Pleas/Appellate||Governmental Immunity||2010|
|Appellate Advocacy Seminar||Post-Appellate Judgment Motion Practice||2009|
|Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys 2008 Annual Meeting||Timing is Everything: Strategic Use of Interlocutory Immunity Appeals||2008|