Frantz Ward is pleased to share that Ian H. Frank
, Partner and Chair of the firm's Construction Practice Group, has been appointed as a member to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).
, composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits.
For more than two decades, Ian has been a trusted advisor to the construction industry, dedicating his entire practice to all aspects of construction and surety law. His clients comprise EPC contractors, CMs, owners, developers, sureties, specialty trade contractors and manufacturers of every size, from closely-held small businesses to Top 10 ENR companies. Ian is frequently involved in large, technically complex construction projects around the country and overseas, whether developing contract documents to manage risk, counseling clients on claim management and performance disputes, acting as project counsel, or arbitrating and litigating claims. He has acquired substantial experience representing industry stakeholders on, among others, dozens of tunneling and civil projects on multiple continents, high-rise multi-use construction in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S., numerous stadiums and arenas, heavy highway and bridge construction, as well as industrial, refinery, processing and power facilities. In addition to being actively involved in dispute resolution as an advocate, Ian is a trained DRB member, mediator and an arbitrator, serving on the AAA Construction Industry Panel. Ian is well known as a leader in construction, having been recognized in the area of construction by third-party rankings such as the prestigious Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and Martindale-Hubbell. Ian is the 2022 Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" in construction law in Cleveland. He has served numerous leadership roles in national construction organizations such as the former Chair of Division 9 of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law (FCL), Co-Chair of the FCL Regional Program on Infrastructure, and both Chair and Chair Emeritus of the ALFA International Construction Practice Group. Ian is a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.