Goins Named to Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation

For the third consecutive year, Ulmer & Berne partner Frances Floriano Goins was named to the 2016 edition of the Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation. The annual publication is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of America’s leading female litigators.

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Goins is one of only five litigators from Ohio to make the cut in Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation list, which features litigators from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Ms. Goins earned the distinction as a result of targeted research conducted during the U.S. Benchmark Litigation process. Analysts relied on peer reviews and overall depth of litigation experience as the most important elements to support the rankings.

Ms. Goins co-chairs Ulmer & Berne’s Financial Services & Securities Litigation and Data Privacy & Information Security practice groups. Her practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes for public and private companies, both U.S. and foreign. She defends clients in securities and financial regulatory proceedings, and has conducted numerous internal investigations. Ms. Goins also counsels businesses on data privacy, cybersecurity, and corporate governance issues. Ms. Goins chairs the ABA Director & Officer Liability Committee, and was tapped by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address Cybersecurity in the C-Suite and Boardroom in its C-Cubed webinar series.

Among other accolades, Ms. Goins has been recommended as one of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business “Leaders in Their Field” in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation (2015; 2016), named a “State Litigation Star” in Ohio by Benchmark Litigation (2015; 2016), and named “2013 Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland by Best Lawyers in America®. Ms. Goins earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was the first woman editor-in-chief of the CWRU Law Review. She holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.