For five years in a row, Ulmer & Berne LLP partner Frances Floriano Goins has been recognized as one of the nation’s top female litigators by being named in Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. This year Goins is recognized as one of only five female litigators in the state of Ohio to make Benchmark’s list.
Benchmark’s Top 250 list acknowledges female litigators from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who have earned their position of honor by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history and by winning the hard-earned respect of their clients and peers. Goins’ inclusion in the list was based on several phases of extensive research evaluating her recent case work, peer rankings, and feedback from clients.
Goins’ inclusion in the Top 250 list follows Ulmer’s department-wide honor of being named Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 Ohio “Firm of the Year.” Ulmer’s Litigation Department has received this award for an unprecedented three out of the last five years.
“Fran’s passion and incredible ability to successfully litigate at the highest level is an inspiration,” said Michael N. Ungar, Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department. “Her skill and sophistication in resolving complex disputes and her dedication to exceptional client service are hallmarks of what we at Ulmer strive to deliver to our clients. Her contributions to both our Litigation Department and to our firm have been noteworthy. We are honored to be partners with Fran, and proud to see her achievements recognized.”
Goins serves as co-chair to both Ulmer’s Financial Services & Securities Litigation and Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Groups. In her practice, she demonstrates impressive skills in the resolution of complicated business disputes, including matters involving securities, financial services, shareholder rights, corporate governance, cybersecurity, consumer, and contract law. She defends clients in securities and financial regulatory proceedings, has conducted numerous internal investigations, and is an accomplished appellate lawyer. Peers praise her willingness to share her expertise and her sound judgment.
Her extensive involvement in the legal community is well known. Goins chairs the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Director & Officer Liability Committee, and is a founding member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. In 2015, she was asked by the Department of Homeland Security to address Cybersecurity in the C-Suite and Boardroom in its C-Cubed webinar series. In 2018, she was recognized by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for her leadership role in founding the association’s Commission on Women in Law. Goins graduated Order of the Coif from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was the first female editor-in-chief of the CWRU Law Review, and earned her bachelor and master of music degrees in voice from the Cleveland Institute of Music.