Frank is a commercial litigator who focuses on oil and gas and expert-intensive litigation. His analytical background in engineering and science provide him the foundation to navigate complex and technical issues.

Overview

Frank gains a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses in the oil and gas, finance, construction, refinery, and health care industries. For each case, Frank compiles a professional team consisting of skilled assistants, paralegals, and attorneys. This approach allows him to employ an aggressive approach while being efficient.

Frank has tried numerous jury and bench trials, working on trials and cases exceeding well over $10 million in alleged damages. He has been successful at each stage of litigation obtaining temporary and permanent injunctions; summary judgment on individual claims and entire cases; motions to dismiss on procedural issues; jury verdicts; verdicts on bench trials; and appeals.

Experience

Represented bankers' bank accused of misappropriating trade secrets by software company concerning development and banking software, helping obtain a defense verdict on all counts when plaintiff originally sought damages in excess of $55 million.

Obtained summary judgment against alleged partner regarding allegations of existence of joint venture and area of mutual interest for oil and gas exploration and production.

Obtained summary judgment on breach of contract and conversion claims involving allegations of unauthorized disposal of off-lease saltwater from oil production.

Successfully tried and obtained permanent injunction for senior water right holder involving case that ultimately defined "impairment" and helped shape the procedure for prosecuting an impairment claim and the application of the prior appropriation doctrine in Kansas.

Represented companies in multiple industries in property tax appeals, arguing cases before the Board of Tax Appeals and Kansas Court of Appeals.

News & Insights

News

Speaking Engagements

"Lender Liability: The Borrower's Blame Game and How to Avoid Becoming a Participant," Kansas Bankers Association Annual Conference for Lenders, Fall 2018

"Daubert Comes to Kansas: Three Lessons from Federal Practice," KADC annual meeting

"Ethical Implications of Social Media," Business Law Update Seminar, 2018

Publications

"Daubert's Wake and Other Ripples of S.B. 311", Kansas Defense Journal, 2015

"The Expert Deposition: Back to the Basics," DRI's The Whisper, Volume 10, Issue 12, 2015

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Kansas Association of Defense Counsel

Wichita Bar Association 

DRI

Young Professionals of Wichita

Admissions

  • Kansas, 2011

Education

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2011

  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Staff Articles Editor

Kansas State College of Engineering, B.S., 2008

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