Theodore H. Frank

Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy

Ted Frank is an adjunct fellow with the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy and editor of the Institute's award-winning web magazine, The Wall Street Journal has called him a "leading tort-reform advocate."

In addition to his role with the Manhattan Institute, Frank is the president of the Center for Class Action Fairness, which he founded in 2009. He has written for law reviews, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The American Spectator, and has testified about legal issues before Congress. He serves on the executive committee of the Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. In 2008, Mr. Frank was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Previously, Frank clerked for Frank H. Easterbrook on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was a litigator in private practice for ten years, served as the first director of the AEI Legal Center for the Public Interest, and was an attorney for the McCain-Palin 2008 presidential campaign. Frank graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review.

Professional Experience



  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Brandeis University

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Publications and Multimedia
When Enough is not Enough: Frank v. Poertner - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
January 11, 2016
Residual Class Action Awards: Cy Pres - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
March 21, 2014
Who Should Receive Unclaimed Class Action Awards? The Tale of Cy Pres - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
February 08, 2012
Attorneys Fees in Class Actions - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
12th Annual Faculty Conference
January 08, 2010
Philip Morris v. Williams - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 8-27-09 featuring Ted Frank
August 27, 2009
Health Care and the Environment - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Federalism
September 12, 2008
SCOTUScast 7-2-08 featuring Ted Frank
Exxon v. Baker
July 02, 2008
Cy Pres Settlements
April 04, 2008
SCOTUScast 2-28-08 featuring Ted Frank
Exxon v. Baker
February 28, 2008
Federal Preemption and the Supreme Court - Event Audio/Video
Administrative Law Practice Group and American Enterprise Institute
February 21, 2008
Stoneridge Investment v. Scientific Atlanta
Online Debate
February 19, 2008
The Vioxx Litigation
March 02, 2007
Class Action Fairness Act: Two Years Later - Event Audio
Litigation Practice Group and Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group
February 14, 2007