Franklin Amanat

F. Franklin Amanat

Partner
New York

Frank leverages three decades of experience handling sophisticated legal matters in both the public and private sectors to vindicate the interests of victims of fraudulent and illegal conduct.

Frank leverages three decades of experience handling sophisticated legal matters in both the public and private sectors to vindicate the interests of victims of fraudulent and illegal conduct.

Overview

Frank Amanat is a highly decorated litigator with nearly 30 years of experience in a broad range of complex legal matters. He has particular expertise in constitutional and administrative law, as well as class actions, financial and securities fraud, health care and pharmaceutical litigation, False Claims Act and FIRREA litigation, complex torts, civil rights, and environmental litigation. A veteran of 19 trials and arbitrations and dozens of appeals, Frank has led some of the largest and most consequential civil litigation in the country, appearing on both the plaintiff and defense side, and he has amassed a remarkable track record delivering successful outcomes to his clients.

Frank specializes in representing victims of fraudulent and illegal conduct, as well as whistleblowers, governmental entities, and other plaintiffs, in a wide range of high impact litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. His practice focuses on financial and securities fraud, health care fraud, civil rights, mass torts, and other complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Frank spent 24 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including more than two decades as an Assistant United States Attorney and then Senior Counsel at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn), plus stints at the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) and the Office of Immigration Litigation. At DOJ, Frank handled over 400 cases, both affirmative and defensive, on behalf of more than 70 federal agencies. From 2013 to 2018, he served as lead counsel for the Government in the successful investigation and prosecution of Barclays Bank and two of its former executives for fraud in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. The $2 billion settlement is the largest single recovery the Department of Justice has ever obtained in a civil penalty action filed under FIRREA.

For his work at OLP developing regulations implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (the largest and most complex rulemaking initiative ever undertaken in the Department of Justice), Frank was awarded in 2012 the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award conferred by the Department of Justice. In September 2020, Frank received the EOUSA Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (Civil) for his work on financial fraud and public policy cases, as well as several immigration policy class actions. In 2018, Frank received the Henry L. Stimson Medal, an award given annually by the New York City Bar Association to honor outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the EDNY and SDNY for their integrity, fairness, courage, and superior commitment to the public good.