Theodore H. Frank

Director of Litigation, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Theodore H. Frank is a senior attorney and the director of CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF). Before it merged with CEI in October 2015, he founded and ran CCAF as a non-profit, public interest law firm in 2009.

Mr. Frank has won several landmark appeals and tens of millions of dollars for consumers and other plaintiffs through his class action work. Adam Liptak of The New York Times calls Mr. Frank “the leading critic of abusive class action settlements” and the American Lawyer Litigation Daily referred to him as “the indefatigable scourge of underwhelming class action settlements.”

Previously, Mr. Frank clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as the first director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Legal Center for the Public Interest. Mr. Frank is a frequent public speaker and has testified before Congress multiple times on legal issues. He has been profiled by the The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the ABA Journal, among other publications.

In 2008, Mr. Frank was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Frank graduated from The University of Chicago Law School in 1994 with high honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the state bars of California and Illinois.

He is played by a much more handsome Gentile in a HBO docudrama based on a book that mentions Mr. Frank once on page 362.



  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Brandeis University