Summary

For over 35 years, Frank has represented clients in relation to all aspects of environmental law. Frank serves as chair of Taft's Environmental Practice and his services include advising or representing clients in relation to the following:

  • Environmental litigation involving private parties, and federal and state government.
  • Counseling and negotiating environmental issues related to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Administrative proceedings, obtaining and maintaining compliance with solid and hazardous waste permits, air permits, water discharge permits, CAFO and CFO permits.
  • Real estate transactions including brownfields and projects ranging from multi-million dollar industrial sites to commercial properties.
  • Insurance recovery to pay for the remediation of contaminated sites and the defense of claims involving environmental issues.
  • Superfund/CERCLA cases throughout the US, including serving as common counsel in cases involving multiple PRPs.
  • Toxic tort litigation.
  • Mediating litigation involving environmental and insurance disputes.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law (1980)

    summa cum laude

  • Indiana University, A.B. (1976)

Admissions

  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • State - Indiana

Notable Matters

  • Schuchman/Samberg Investments Inc. v. Hoosier Penn Oil Co., Inc. 58 N.E.3d 241 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Anthony Wayne Corp. v. Elco Fastening Systems, LLC, 2016 WL 687887 (N.D. Ind. 2016)
  • C.W. ex rel. Wood v. Textron, Inc., 807 F. 3d 827 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • KB Home Indiana Inc. v. Rockville TBD Corp., 928 N.E.2d 297 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)
  • Samuel Neal, et al. v. William J. Cure, et al., 937 N.E.2d 1227 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)
  • Sanyo North America Corporation v. Avco Corporation et al., 2008WL1095 (S.D.Ind. 2008)
  • City of Martinsville v. Masterwear Corp., 2006 WL 2710628 (S.D.Ind. 2006)
  • United States Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Co. v. Hartson-Kennedy Cabinet Top Co., 857 N.E.2d 1033 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Reed v. Plan Comm'n, 831 N.E.2d 734 (Ind. 2005)
  • Indiana Dept of Natural Resources v. Newton County, 802 N.E.2d 430 (Ind. 2004)
  • CBS, Inc. v. Henkin, 803 F.Supp 1426 (N.D.Ind. Oct. 7, 1992)
  • U.S. v. Distler, 803 F. Supp. 46 (W.D.Ky. 1992)
  • Pantry, Inc. v. Stop-N-Go Foods, Inc., 796 F. Supp. 1164 (S.D.Ind. 1992) and 777 F. Supp. 713 (S.D.Ind. 1991)
  • GL Industries of Michigan v. Forstman-Little, 800 F. Supp. 695 (S.D. Ind. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Seymour Recycling Corp., 679 F. Supp. 859 (S.D.Ind. 1987) and 618 F. Supp. 1 (S.D.Ind. 1984)

Speeches and Publications

Publications include, among others:

  • The Indiana Guide to Underground Storage Tanks (Published by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce) which has been utilized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and private practitioners throughout Indiana
  • The Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense to CERCLA Liability (ABA Publishing 2013)
  • Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery (ABA Publishing 2012)
  • The Application and Regulation of Institutional Controls in Indian in Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites (ABA Publishing 2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Member, Insurance, Litigation and Environmental Sections

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Member, Insurance, Litigation and Environmental Sections

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Homeless Family Foundation

    President

  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity

    Member