MONTE E. FRANK is a principal in Cohen and Wolf's Litigation and Municipal Groups. He represents business and municipal clients in the state and federal courts in Connecticut on a wide range of matters. Mr. Frank is admitted to practice in Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He has been admitted pro hac in the Federal Court in other states. He regularly represents clients in mediation and arbitration in Connecticut and other states. Mr. Frank works from the firm's Danbury and Bridgeport offices.
Mr. Frank was recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation in the 2009-2015 editions of Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where one source noted "His powers of analysis are fantastic. He was able to understand my industry quickly, dispensing with the long learning curve we have with most firms." He is designated as a Connecticut Super Lawyer (2010-2015) and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2013-2016) for his work in the area of Commercial Litigation.
Mr. Frank was installed as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association in July. He was its vice-president in 2014 after having served on the Board of Governors and the House of Delegates. He currently chairs the CBA's Legislative Policy and Review Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Mr. Frank is president of the New England Bar Association (vice-president 2014-2015). He is a member of the Federal Bar Council and was on its Second Circuit Courts Committee. He received the Connecticut Law Tribune's New Leaders of the Law Award for Overall Achievement Fairfield County (2003). He served as the president of the Danbury Bar in 2003-2004.
Mr. Frank is a member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges and law professors (2012-present). He is also a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation (2013-present).
Mr. Frank is one of Connecticut's delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2014-present). He regularly attends the National Council for Bar Presidents' meetings, and has spoken on two of its panels.
Mr. Frank serves as an attorney trial referee, fact-finder and arbitrator for the Judicial District of Danbury (2000-present). The Danbury Bar Association recognized him with the association’s annual Pro Bono Award for his pro bono representation of several families who were deeply affected by the tragedy in Newtown and his representation of an individual in connection with the 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund. He appears regularly on television, radio and in newspapers for his work on violence prevention, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, WCBS, USA Today, and the Washington Post. He has written numerous Op-Ed pieces, including co-authoring one with Connecticut’s United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and another with Senator Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, which have been published by Connecticut, national and international newspapers, including the Guardian and the Hill.
Mr. Frank is an avid cyclist, who still competes on the road and in mountain bike and cyclocross races throughout the Northeast and Canada. He represented the United States at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games and won three medals, including a silver medal in the road race. He founded and led Team 26, which inspired the nation with the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (2013-2015).
He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1990 from Cornell University and his J.D. in 1993 from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, he received the Cornell National Scholars Award and was one of twenty seniors selected to be a member of the Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society. In 2014, Mr. Frank lectured at Cornell Law School, and this past July, he moderated a panel which included Cornell Law School's dean.