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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.


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 34%
  2. Government: 33%
  3. Appeals: 33%

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Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.

100 Franklin's Row, 34305 Solon Road
Cleveland, OH, 44139


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
“AV Preeminent”Martindale-Hubbell2012
Rising Star in Appellate PracticeOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Distinguished Service AwardOhio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys2011
Rising Star in Appellate PracticeOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Distinguished Service AwardOhio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys2008
Certified Specialist in Appellate LawOhio State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.2010 - Present
AssociateMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.2002 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysChairman, Governmental Liability Committee2008 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationArticles Editor/Member2005 - Present
Cleveland Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sullivan v. Anderson Township, 122 Ohio St.3d 83, 2009-Ohio-1971Favorably reversed
State Ex Rel. Andwan v. Village of Greenhills, 1st Dist. No.s C-100011 and C-100051, 2010-Ohio-5962Favorably reversed
Bricker v. State Farm Ins., 11th Dist. No. 2009-L-087, 2010-Ohio-3047Favorably reversed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Decisive Defense BlogPolitical Subdivisions Not Necessarily Immune from Intentional Torts2012
Decisive Defense BlogFive Public Entity Cases to Watch in 20122012
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 JournalTurning an Appellate Loss Into a Post Judgment Win2006
Cleveland Bar JournalAppellate Practice Pearls Oral Argument: Prepare Early, Emphasize Strengths But Anticipate Weaknesses2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude2002
Nazareth CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2nd Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Court Institute“Federal Appellate Practice”2012
Governmental Liability Seminar (Moderator)Governmental Liability2011
Ohio Association of Magistrates Fall Conference Common Pleas/AppellateGovernmental Immunity2010
Appellate Advocacy SeminarPost-Appellate Judgment Motion Practice2009
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys 2008 Annual MeetingTiming is Everything: Strategic Use of Interlocutory Immunity Appeals2008