Fran is skilled in resolving complex business disputes for public and private companies, including matters involving securities, corporate governance, cybersecurity, consumer, and contract law. Fran has managed numerous takeover and proxy contests involving public companies, and is an accomplished appellate lawyer. Her practice also includes counseling businesses on compliance and training for data privacy and cybersecurity, ethics, anti-bribery, and governance best practices. She regularly defends clients in SEC and other regulatory enforcement actions, and has conducted many internal corporate and special litigation investigations.
Fran was tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to speak on “Cybersecurity in the C-Suite and Boardroom” in its C-Cubed webinar series. In independent surveys of in-house counsel and peer attorneys, Fran is ranked as one of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business “Leaders in Their Field” in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation, and a “State Litigation Star” in Ohio by Benchmark Litigation. She has appeared in Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the U.S. since 2014. Fran is nationally recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Securities Litigation, and Banking & Finance Litigation, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securities Litigation and 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Litigation (Cleveland).
Fran is active in the ABA, recently chairing the Business Law Section Director & Officer Liability Committee. She co-chaired the Ohio Eighth District Judicial Conference in 2015, and currently chairs the Art Song Festival. Fran is also a member of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Sing Out! Chorale.
Margaret Ireland Fellowship
Order of the Coif; Society of Benchers Outstanding Student Award; Editor-in-Chief, Case Western Reserve University Law Review