Frank’s legal practice spans almost 20 years. During that time, he has represented numerous elected officials in Ohio at the highest levels of state government in litigation, in addition to advising them on constitutional questions, public policy, legal and ethics compliance, and political strategy.
Frank concentrates his legal work primarily on the law as it relates to the political process, including work on election and ballot access matters, voting issues, redistricting, campaign finance matters and ethics regulations. He is recognized as a national expert on redistricting law.
As the Republican Staff Co-Chair on the Elections and Redistricting committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for nearly 10 years, Frank routinely presented to legislators and staff across the country on legal issues involving the redistricting process.
He was a co-editor of NCSL’s decennial 2020 Redistricting Law Handbook, for which he authored the newest chapter entitled “Legislative Privilege”. Because of that work, in 2020, NCSL honored him with the 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Award.
Some of his presentations and written materials can be accessed here:
Prior to joining Zaino Hall & Farrin, Frank was the Ohio Senate’s longest serving Chief Legal Counsel in its storied 220-year history. For over 11 years as Chief Legal Counsel, Frank was primary counselor to Senate Presidents Huffman, Obhof, Faber & Niehaus, in addition to dozens of Republican Senators of the Senate majority caucus. In that capacity, he advised the President of the Senate and the Republican Senators on legal matters affecting the Senate and the General Assembly, including constitutional and statutory authority, and administrative law.
Frank also directly helped to enhance Ohio’s election integrity laws over the past decade. As the Ohio Senate’s key staffer on election law policy, Frank helped to develop and pass key policies that: implemented usage of electronic pollbooks; created Ohio’s secure online voter registration system; increased voter identification requirements; applied Ohio’s early voting laws equally; and better defined the usage of absentee ballots and provisional ballots, in addition to overall election administration.
Before his work in the Ohio Senate, Frank separately served as Assistant Legal Counsel to Governor John Kasich and Assistant Chief Legal Counsel to Auditor of State Mary Taylor. Frank also practiced for several years in the Ohio Attorney General’s office, where he focused on defending legislation enacted into law from constitutional challenges. In that role, Frank represented the Ohio General Assembly, State of Ohio, Governor of Ohio and Attorney General. Frank has also separately counseled election campaigns.
Frank received his B.A. in Business and Computer Information Systems from Indiana University, and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He lives in Columbus with his wife Sarah, and their identical twin girls, Victoria and Elizabeth.