Frank G. Burt

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Phone: (202) 230-5227 (202) 230-5227

About

Frank G. Burt has broad experience in several substantive areas, including major market conduct and financial services litigation and appeals, First Amendment, intellectual property and employment law. He has extensive experience managing major class action litigation on behalf of financial services institutions in more than 40 states, and he is a frequent speaker on class action issues.

Frank represents banks, insurance companies, other financial institutions and major building materials manufacturers in a range of substantive areas, including major litigation and appeals, regulatory investigations and resolutions, mergers and acquisitions, and trademarks and intellectual property. He has defended financial services institutions in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Frank’s substantial experience litigating intellectual property issues includes trademark and copyright infringement and trade dress violations. He has been involved in precedent-setting communications law cases, including those related to First Amendment law as it pertains to the news and media industry. Frank has litigated on behalf of and represented some of the nation's top communications companies on issues such as libel and slander defense, defamation counseling and journalistic access. Many of his cases have shaped the development of access law, as a significant number of these rulings have set state and federal precedents on how access law should be treated.

Experience

  • Patel v. Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC, 2018 WL 4559091 (11th Cir. Sept. 24, 2018)
  • Fowler v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc., 2016 WL 3746668 (S.D. Fla. July 8, 2016)
  • Patel v. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC, 2016 WL 1663827 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 25, 2016)
  • Lyons v. Litton Loan Servicing LP, 2016 WL 413104 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2016)
  • Rothstein v. Balboa Ins. Co., 794 F.3d 256 (2d Cir. 2015)
  • Trevathan v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., 142 F. Supp. 3d 1283 (S.D. Fla. 2015)
  • Cohen v. American Security Insurance Company, 735 F.3d 601 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Kolbe v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, 738 F.3d 432 (1st Cir. 2013)
  • Roberts v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 12 Civ. 200, 2013 WL 1233268 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 27, 2013)
  • Cramer v. John Alden Life Ins. Co., 2011 WL 382227 (D. Mont. 2011)
  • Koberg v. John Alden Life Ins. Co., 2011 WL 6122309 (D. Mont. 2011)
  • Mooney v. Allianz Life Ins. Co. of North America, 2010 WL 419962 (D. Minn. 2010)
  • Schilke v. Wachovia Mortg., FSB, 705 F.Supp. 2d 932, 758 F.Supp.2d 549, 820 F. Supp. 2d 185 (N.D.Ill. 2010)
  • Wahl v. American Sec. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 1881126 (N.D.Cal. 2010) and 2009 WL 1766620 (N.D.Cal. 2009)
  • Buell v. Direct General Insurance Agency, et al., 2008 WL 598281 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Adams v. Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, 493 F.3d 1276 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • American Bankers Insurance Group, Inc. v. Long, 453 F.3d 623 (4th Cir. 2006)
  • Benefits Consultants, Inc., FISI*Madison LLC and Cendant Corporation v. Fortis Benefits Ins. Co., et al., Case No. 286111, Chancery Court, Williamson County, Tennessee (2006) ($70 million jury verdict on counterclaims after four-week jury trial)
  • American Bankers Group, Inc. v. United States, 408 F.3d 1328 (11th Cir. 2005)
  • Dunlap v. Friedmans, Inc., et al., 2005 WL 2561470 (S.D.Va. 2005)
  • McCorkle v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, 112 P.3d 838 (Idaho App. 2005)
  • Richardson v. Standard Guaranty Ins. Co., 371 N.J. Super. 449 (N.J. Super Ct., App. Div. 2004)
  • Woodall v. GE Financial Assurance Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 02-04025 (Fla. 13th Cir. Ct. 2003), affirmed (Fla. 2d Dist. Ct. App. 2004)
  • London v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 340 F.3d 1246 (11th Cir. 2003)
  • Minton v. American Bankers Ins. Co., 2003 WL 21303330 (11th Cir. 2003)
  • Voyager Ins. Companies v. Whitson, 867 So. 2d 1065 (Ala. 2003)
  • Burstein v. First Penn-Pacific Life Ins. Co., 209 F.R.D. 674 (S.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Frelin v. Oakwood Homes, 2002 WL 31863487 (Ark. Cir. 2002)
  • In re Humana Inc. Managed Care Litigation, 285 F.3d 971 (11th Cir. 2002)
  • McDonald v. Southern Farm Bureau Life Ins. Co., 291 F.3d 718 (11th Cir. 2002)
  • Minton v. American Bankers Ins. Co., 2000 WL 1040984 (S.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Richardson v. Standard Guaranty Ins., 2002 WL 972181 (N.J. Super. 2002)
  • American Bankers Ins. Co. v. Alexander, 818 So. 2d 1073 (Miss. 2001)
  • American Bankers Ins. Co. v. Wells, 819 So. 2d 1196 (Miss. 2001)
  • Gras v. Associates Financial First Capital Corp., 786 A.2d 886 (N.J. App. Div. 2001)
  • Hammett v. American Bankers Ins. Co., 203 F.R.D. 690 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
  • Jordan v. AVCO Fin. Services of Ga., Inc., 117 F.3d 1254 (11th Cir. 2001)
  • London v. Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A., 150 F. Supp. 1314 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
  • McIlnath v. General Electric Capital Assurance Co., 146 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
  • Baron v. Best Buy Co., 79 F. Supp. 2d 1350 (S.D. Fla. 1999)
  • Taylor v. American Bankers Ins. Group, Inc., 700 N.Y.S. 2d 458 (N.Y. App. Div. 1999)
  • Edwards v. Your Credit, Inc., 148 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 1998)
  • Miami Heart Institute v. Reis, 638 So. 2d 530 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Dade County v. Matheson, 605 So. 2d 469 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1992)
  • Linder v. Portocarrero, 963 F.2d 332 (11th Cir. 1992).
  • Cheatwood v. Barry University, 2001 WL 1769914 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Feldman v. Glucroft, 80 So. 2d 866 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Futura Realty v. Lone Star Bldg. Centers (Eastern), Inc., 578 So. 2d 363 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Linder v. Calero Portocarrero, 747 F. Supp. 1452 (S.D. Fla. 1990). Miami Herald Publ'g Co. v. Morejon, 561 So. 2d 577 (Fla. 1990). Cernuda v. Heavey, 720 F. Supp. 1544 (S.D. Fla. 1989)
  • Feldman v. Glucroft, 522 So. 2d 798 and 580 So.2d 866 (Fla. 1988)
  • Fender v. City of Miami, 666 So. 2d 596 (Fla. 1988)
  • Miami Herald Publ'g Co. v. Hagler, 506 So. 2d 1037 (Fla. 1987)
  • Parkway General Hosp., Inc. v. Allinson, 453 So. 2d 123 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1984)
  • Boehm v. American Bankers Ins. Group, Inc., 557 So. 2d 91 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1983)
  • Dade County Schools v. Miami Herald Publ'g Co., 443 So. 2d 268 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1983)
  • NCL Corp. v. Lone Star Bldg. Centers (Eastern), Inc., 144 B.R. 170 (Fla. Dist. 1983)
  • Parsons & Whittemore, Inc. v. Metropolitan Dade County, 429 So. 2d 343 (Fla. Dist. 1983)
  • Jones v. Miami Herald Publ'g Co., 416 So. 2d 480 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1982)
  • Bath Club Inc. v. Dade County, 394 So. 2d 110 (Fla. 1981)
  • Miami Herald Publ'g Co. v. Chappell, 403 So. 2d 1342 (Fla. App. 1981)
  • Paul v. Blake, 376 So. 2d 256 (Fla. Ct. App. 1979)
  • Wait v. Florida Power & Light Co., 372 So. 2d 420 (Fla. 1979)
  • Askew v. City of Ocala, 348 So. 2d 308 (Fla. 1977)
  • State ex rel Veale v. Boca Raton, 353 So. 2d 1194 (Fla. App. 1977)
  • Transactions: $3.1 billion hostile takeover of American Bankers Insurance Group, Inc.; $125 million sale of assets from Lone Star Industries, Inc. to Tarmac Florida, Inc.; sale and lease of $60 million cement plant; purchase of numerous concrete companies and associated properties and plants; purchase and sale of media properties; purchase of quarries, sand and aggregate properties

  • Co-author, "Collateral Attacks on Class Resolutions," Florida Bar Journal (July/August 2017)
  • Co-author, FL Sections of Libel Defense Resource Center's "50-State Survey" and "Open Government Guide" for Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press (January 2017)
  • Co-author, "Class Litigation of Lender-Placed Hazard Insurance," The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 30, No. 9 (September 2014)
  • Co-author, "Class Action Challenges to Lender-Placed Insurance: A Brief Overview of History, Common Claims, Common Defenses, and Emerging Trends," 19th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute 2014, Practising Law Institute (January 2014)
  • Co-author, "A Profound Disquiet: Losing Sight of Defendants' Rights in Rule 23 Certification Analysis," The United States Law Week, Vol 79, No. 17 (November 9, 2010)
  • Co-author, "Fringe Banking," Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 22, No. 9 (September, 2006)
  • Co-author, "Journey to the Fringe: A Survey of Select Fringe Lending Products," Practising Law Institute, 1535 PLI/Corp. 349 (March - May, 2006)

Recognitions

Named a BTI Client Service All-Star (2014−2015)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)

Credentials

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

Education

  • University of Miami, J.D., 1975
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1971, with distinction

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court