Overview

Frank is an associate in the firm’s Corporate Department and focuses his practice advising businesses and individuals in a variety of corporate matters including securities compliance, mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, private fund formation, and corporate governance.

Frank has extensive experience advising businesses in the highly regulated commercial cannabis industry. Frank has represented marijuana cultivators, processors, dispensaries and testing laboratories, providing advice on state licensing applications, administrative appeals for adverse licensing decisions, compliance with state licensing programs, access to banking and insurance services, corporate structuring, and mergers and acquisitions. Frank has also advised cannabis companies, including hemp cultivation and processing operations, secure investments and capital given the lack of traditional bank funding available in the cannabis industry. Frank also writes and presents on cannabis law topics and the unique issues posed by the industry.

Prior to joining Porter Wright, Frank practiced with a Columbus area firm where he concentrated his work in the areas of complex business litigation, business formation and structuring, and corporate governance best practices. This experience included structuring and advising various small business startups and real estate investment companies; representing prospective franchisees in negotiating leases and purchasing additional franchise operations; representing businesses in intellectual property disputes in state and federal court; and advising clients in the commercial cannabis industry on litigation, administrative appeals, and compliance issues related to operating in a novel and highly regulated industry.

During law school, Frank served as the executive editor of The Ohio State Business Law Journal where he received multiple awards for outstanding leadership. Frank also participated in the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic where he advised startups based in Columbus, Ohio.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law  (J.D., 2016)
  • Miami University  (B.S., 2013)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association, New Lawyer Committee, Barrister Leadership Program planning committee, 2018 - present
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Young Professionals Chapter, Planning Committee, 2019 - present

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Achievement, Barrister’s Leadership Program, Columbus Bar Association, 2018.
  • The Ohio State Business Law Journal Award for Outstanding Team Leader, 2016
  • The Ohio State Business Law Journal “Espirit de Corps” Award for Morale and Leadership, 2015

Community

  • Columbus Bar Association, Barrister Leadership Program, 2018
  • NextGen James Ambassador Society