Theodore H. Frank

Senior Attorney, Director, Center for Class Action Fairness, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Theodore H. Frank is a senior attorney and the director of CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF). Before it merged with CEI in October 2015, he founded and ran CCAF as a non-profit, public interest law firm in 2009.

Mr. Frank has won several landmark appeals and tens of millions of dollars for consumers and other plaintiffs through his class action work. Adam Liptak of The New York Times calls Mr. Frank “the leading critic of abusive class action settlements” and the American Lawyer Litigation Daily referred to him as “the indefatigable scourge of underwhelming class action settlements.”

Previously, Mr. Frank clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and was a litigator for 10 years until winning a sizable windfall from the 2004 World Series of Poker. He also served as the first director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Legal Center for the Public Interest. Mr. Frank is a frequent public speaker and has testified before Congress multiple times on legal issues. He has been profiled by the The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ, and the ABA Journal, among other publications.

In 2008, Mr. Frank was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Frank graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 1994 with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the state bars of California and Illinois.

He is played by a much more handsome Gentile in a HBO docudrama based on a book that mentions Mr. Frank once on page 362.

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

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Publications and Multimedia
Microsoft Corp. v. Baker - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-14-17 featuring Theodore H. Frank
July 14, 2017
Microsoft v. Baker Decided - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
June 19, 2017
Microsoft v. Baker: The Xbox Class Certification Case
Short video featuring Ted Frank
March 21, 2017
In Re: Walgreen Co. Stockholder Litigation Update - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
February 24, 2017
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