Overview

Frank Cicero's reputation as a litigator stems from his extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations. His areas of practice include accountants', architects' and attorneys' professional malpractice, admiralty and maritime law, antitrust and trade regulation, criminal and civil fraud and securities law, trademark and patent claims, commercial contracts, construction litigation, libel, slander, and First Amendment cases, tax disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, employment contracts, pollution and toxic substance cases, international arbitrations and litigation, dealer and franchise relationships and terminations, trust, estates and ERISA disputes, divorce and domestic relations law, product liability and warranty claims. He has tried numerous jury trials, numerous bench trials and arbitrations, and handled numerous appeals. Frank joined Kirkland & Ellis in 1965 and became a partner in 1970. He has authored several articles and is a frequent lecturer on trial and appellate advocacy, federal practice and procedure, litigation and other subjects.

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Thought Leadership

Seminars

Frequent lecturer on trial and appellate advocacy, federal practice and procedure, securities law, antitrust, general litigation and professional responsibility before various state and federal bar associations, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Harvard Law School Trial Practice Institute, and others.

Recognition

Listed in:

  • "Illinois Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014
  • "America's Leading Business Lawyers," Chambers & Partners, 2004–2005
  • "Who's Who In America"
  • "Who's Who In American Law"
  • "The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers®"
  • "Superwreck," William Morrow & Co., Inc., 1987
  • "The Man Who Beat Clout City," Swallow Press, Inc., 1977
  • "Outstanding Young Men Of America," 1971

Member, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules

Lecturer in Law, Legal Profession and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School.

Author of articles on litigation and other professional matters.

Special Counsel to San Miguel County, Colorado, to investigate claim of illegality in county housing development.

From 1969–70, Frank served as an elected delegate to the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention and he drafted the Illinois Constitution of 1970.

Memberships & Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Chicago Council of Lawyers

Bar Association of the Seventh Federal Circuit

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1965Illinois
  • 1987Colorado

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Languages

  • French
  • Italian

Education

  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.1965

    Joseph Henry Beale Prize (1963)

    Order of the Coif

    Law Review Board of Editors

  • Princeton UniversityM.P.A.1962
  • Wheaton CollegeA.B.with Honors1957