Jason M. Frank is one of the founding partners of Frank Sims & Stolper, LLP. He was previously a partner at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP, where he was one of the leaders of the firm’s global class action practice group. He was also formerly a partner at a complex litigation boutique.
Mr. Frank has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation and consumer class actions since 1997. He is also a highly successful trial lawyer, securing verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients totaling over $250Million.
Mr. Frank’s practice primarily focuses on consumer class actions and arbitrations, and complex business litigation, including claims for fraud, false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, partnership disputes, legal malpractice, employment and personal injury matters. Mr. Frank also specializes in telecommunication issues having represented major telephone companies and wireless carriers for over a decade.
One of the unique aspects of Mr. Frank’s practice is that he regularly represents both plaintiffs and Fortune 500 defendants in high-stakes litigation. As a result, he is well known and respected by lawyers in both the plaintiffs and defense bar, and his dual practice provides him with the advantage of always knowing the other side’s playbook.
Mr. Frank is also regularly retained by clients to consult on trials and litigation strategy, and to provide “disaster mitigation” services by stepping in when cases go wrong, including shortly before trial or during the post-trial and appellate phase.
Mr. Frank received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1997, and his B.A degree from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has been a member of the editorial board for Lexis/Nexis legal publications since 1999. He was also a member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyer (“ABTL”), Los Angeles Chapter.
Representative matters include the following:
The Eden Memorial Park Cemetery Class Action. Mr. Frank was one of the lead lawyers representing over 25,000 families in a certified class action against Service Corporation International (“SCI”) – the largest owner and operator of cemeteries in the United States. The case involved a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles where employees were ordered to break burial vaults in neighboring graves in order to make new graves fit. The case included claims for fraud and violation of various consumer protection statutes. The case was featured on 60 Minutes and CNN. This case was also one of the rare class actions that actually went to trial before a jury. It settled during the fourth week of trial for $80,500,000.00.
The LA Fitness Class Actions. Mr. Frank served as lead counsel representing LA Fitness in a number of class actions across the county, including a nationwide class action in Pennsylvania. The cases involved various challenges to LA Fitness’ membership terms and billing and cancellation practices, including claims for fraud and violation of consumer protection statutes. The nationwide class action was named one of the 10 most significant cases of 2012 after Mr. Frank secured a favorable result on behalf of his client. See www.classactioncountermeasures.com /the-ten-most-significant-cases-of-2012.
The Anthony Pellicano Wiretapping Litigation. Mr. Frank has served as lead counsel representing AT&T in a putative class action and 18 individual lawsuits in state and federal court concerning the wiretapping scandal perpetrated by convicted private investigator Anthony Pellicano. This high profile litigation involves Pellicano’s wealthy and famous clients, such as Tom Cruise, Chris Rock, Brad Grey, Kirk Kerkorian and Michael Ovitz. To date, Mr. Frank has successfully resolved 12 of the individual actions via dispositive motions, and secured favorable settlements in the proposed class action and 5 other individual actions. The last remaining action is scheduled for trial in 2017.
The GE Healthcare EBT Scanner Litigation. Mr. Frank served as lead counsel representing GE Healthcare in a number of consumer actions across the country relating to claims that GE Healthcare fraudulently failed to disclose its plans to stop supporting certain medical scanning devices. Mr. Frank obtained judgments in GE Healthcare’s favor in all of the cases, including a defense verdict after a three-month jury trial in Santa Barbara, California.
The Estate of Jonathan Spound v. SSV Properties. Mr. Frank represented the Estate of Jonathan Spound in a partnership dispute concerning a $330 Million commercial real estate development in El Segundo, California. Mr. Frank was able to successfully prove that Jonathan Spound, prior to his death, was a partner in the development and entitled to over 30% of the profits even though there were no written contracts and his partners were denying any such agreements. The case settled shortly before trial in favor of Mr. Frank’s client.
The Pacific Coin Payphone Litigation. Mr. Frank represented a payphone company against William E. Simon & Sons and its investors in a case involving claims for fraud, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty. After a one-month jury trial, the jury unanimously ruled in favor of Mr. Frank’s client and awarded over $32.2Million in damages and $65Million in punitive damages for a total verdict of over $97.2Million.