Frank concentrates his practice in the areas of civil, commercial, employment, financial and healthcare litigation, as well as international law for strategic growth for small and medium-sized companies.
A native of Birmingham, Frank served as an adjunct professor at The University of Alabama School of Law, where he teaches “International Business Transactions” and “International Commercial Arbitration.” In addition, he served as the first chair of the Alabama State Bar Association’s International Law Section, is a founding member of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and is the current chairman of the Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2007 and 2008, Frank served as president of the American Committees on Foreign Relations in Washington, D. C. He is a member and past board member of TAGLaw, an international network of attorneys and law firms with members around the world. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Frank was recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal‘s “Best of the Bar” poll in international law, and he is currently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in international trade and finance law, and in commercial litigation. He has also been named as a Super Lawyer in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013, and holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Augmenting his practice with extensive involvement in civic and community affairs, Frank has served as chair and president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Metropolitan Arts Council, Operation New Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Assistance Network, the Freshwater Land Trust, the Cahaba River Society and the Birmingham International Center. He is currently a Board member of the Alabama Appleseed and the Japan America Society of Alabama, and is a member of the Leadership Council of The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as a director/trustee of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Society of International Business Fellows and Miles College, and as a member of the Norton Board of Advisors of the Birmingham-Southern College School of Business, where he chairs the International Committee. In 1999, Frank received the L. Burton Barnes Community Service Award from the Birmingham Bar Association. He was also named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Cumberland School of Law in 1991 and received the Community Service Award of the Rotary Club of Birmingham in 1988. In 2008, he was named to the Honor Roll for Excellence in Foreign Languages and International Engagement by The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
A graduate of Washington & Lee University in 1963, Frank received his J.D. from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 1969, and an LL.M. in Securities Law from Harvard Law School in 1970. He was admitted to practice law in Alabama courts in 1969, the same year he served as law clerk to United States District Judge H.H. Grooms (Northern District of Alabama). Afterward Frank practiced with a large firm in Birmingham before joining Haskell Slaughter of Birmingham shortly after the firm was established. He founded Haskell Slaughter’s litigation practice in 1974 and the firm’s international practice in 1984, and remained with the firm until joining Red Mountain Law Group.
In addition to his legal practice, Frank has been involved in entrepreneurial business ventures and venture capital investing, and has served on the boards of directors and audit committees of public companies listed on the American and New York Stock Exchanges, and of privately held companies.