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Frank has been a licensed attorney since 1994, joining Hale Skemp in 2000. He focuses his practice on civil litigation matters including personal injury, car accidents, boating accidents, wrongful death, products liability, business litigation, construction defect claims, building/utility contractor disputes, insurance coverage, adverse possession/boundary line disputes, and insurance defense.

Frank is licensed and actively practices in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Minnesota U.S. District Court, Western Wisconsin U.S. District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and all U.S. Military Courts-Martial.

Before joining the firm, Frank served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy as a JAG and was stationed in Washington, DC, and overseas. In addition to his Juris Doctor, he earned a Master of Laws degree with highest honors in Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Representative Experience

  • A military member was severely injured in an automobile collision and was permanently disabled, resulting in his discharge from the service and loss of educational and healthcare benefits. Additionally, his earning capacity outside the service was dramatically reduced. We fully investigated the facts and prepared for trial, should there be one because we do not believe in accepting a settlement offer unless it is fair and reasonable. In this Personal Injury matter, we settled for the other driver’s insurance policy limits. We also assisted the client in securing educational, medical, financial, and training benefits from the Veteran’s Administration and other government institutions, ensuring his future is protected.
  • The client had purchased new semi-trucks for his business, but they had mechanical problems related to a new type of transmission being used. The client approached us after being unable to resolve the matter. We took an aggressive approach toward this Business Litigation and quickly impressed upon the manufacturer the nature of the defects and their significant exposure for its breaches of warranty and violations of the Wisconsin Lemon Law. The case was quickly resolved, and we obtained for our client a settlement figure that exceeded the downtime losses and litigation expenses.
Litigation Percentage:
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1994
Wisconsin, 2000
U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1998
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1995
U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia, 2000
Honors: With Highest Honors
University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1994
Honors: With Distinction
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Business Management
Representative Cases:
Acuity v. Society, 2013 WI App 13, 339 Wis2d 217, 810 N.W.2d 812
Twaiten v. Murphy, 2010 Minn. App. LEXIS 830, 2010 WL 3220149
Sno Pac Foods, Inc. v. Nelson Constr. Co., 2009 Minn. App. LEXIS 821, 2009 WL 2225815
Mellenthin v. Berger, 2003 WI App 126, 666 N.W.2d 120 (WI App. 2003)
Elder v. La Crescent Township, 2002 WL 1465954, 2002 Minn. App. LEXIS 802
La Crescent Concrete, Inc. v. Reliance Nat'l Indem. Co., 2001 Minn. App. LEXIS 1136, 2001 WL 1223152
Weber v. Tuck, 620 N.W.2d 730 (Minn.Ct.App. 2000)
United States v. Muirhead, 51 MJ 94 (C.A.A.F. 1999)
United States v. Myers, 51 MJ 570 (N.M.Ct. Crim. App. 1999)
Honors and Awards:
Norman Tenneson Award, 1993
Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, 1997
Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, 1999
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Wisconsin Bar Association, 2000 - Present
Minnesota Bar Association, 1994 - Present
La Crosse County Bar Association, 2000 - Present
La Crosse County Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
Secretary and Treasurer
Minnesota Third Judicial District Bar Association, 2000 - Present
Past Employment Positions:
U.S. Navy - JAGC, Lieutenant, 1995 - 2000
U.S. Naval Reserves, JAGC, Lieutenant Commander, 2000 - 2003
Pro Bono Activities:
Coach, Sparta Youth Hockey Association, 2011 - Present
Coach, La Crosse Central High School Mock Trial Teams, 2003 - 2005
President, La Crosse Memorial Day Association, 2000 - Present
Board Member, Continental Ballroom Dance Association, 2005 - 2011
La Crosse Boy Scouts - Executive Committee, 2008 - 2012
Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Sparta, 2009 - 2011
Phi Delta Theta