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Frank B. Strickland

Frank represents the firm’s clients in a variety of litigation matters, including redistricting, education, regulatory issues and general business disputes. In the 2000 redistricting cycle, Frank and his partner Anne Lewis represented a group of citizens in Larios v. Cox, in the Northern District of Georgia. A three judge court ruled unanimously in favor of the citizens, concluding that Georgia’s state legislative plans violated the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. By a vote of 8-1, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in Cox v. Larios, decided June 30, 2004. The firm has also represented clients in other redistricting cases since 1992. Frank serves as a court appointed special master in commercial litigation matters and is also a certified mediator. Frank's practice also includes assisting clients with interests in legislative and public policy matters. He has appeared before legislative committees and has represented legislators and candidates before the State Ethics Commission. Frank is a regular speaker on the topic of election law, including election challenges, campaign finance and voting mechanisms. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law teaching a course in election law.
 
With more than 35 years of experience in the field of higher education, Frank represents educational institutions on accreditation matters; federal funding; discipline of faculty, staff and students; tenure; state licensing boards; athletics; board governance; and various types of financing, including bond financing. He regularly acts as special counsel to foundations located at numerous institutions of the University System of Georgia in connection with financing of student housing and related facilities.
 
In the public utility arena, Frank represents telecommunications and natural gas companies before the Georgia Public Service Commission and in the state and federal courts. His representation includes assisting these clients in obtaining certifications, complying with applicable regulations and litigating regulatory issues.
 
Frank represents the firm’s business clients in litigated disputes and provides corporate counsel in connection with the formation of business organizations, financial transactions, real estate acquisitions, corporate governance and related issues.
 
President George W. Bush nominated Frank as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. After Senate confirmation Frank was elected Chairman of the Board and served in that position from April 2003 until April 2010.
 
Frank has served on the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors since 1985, and as President of the Atlanta Bar Association. The Atlanta Bar Association presented Frank with its Leadership Award in October 2003. He was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. In 2003, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Frank to the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), which reviews candidates for judicial appointments throughout the State of Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal renewed Frank’s appointment to the JNC in 2011.
 
His public service also includes: member of the Board of Visitors of the Georgia State University College of Law; member of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections; member and chairman of the State Ethics Commission; general counsel of the Georgia Republican Party; director of the Georgia Legal Services Program, Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Federal Defender Program, Inc. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, a member of the Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA), former Chairman of the Georgia chapter of RNLA and current Chairman of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society. Frank served in the United States Coast Guard and is a Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (retired). Frank received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and earned his law degree from Emory University.