F. Franklin Amanat
Frank Amanat 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, as well as whistleblowers and other plaintiffs, in a wide range of complex litigation.
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.
- United States v. Barclays Capital, No. 16-CV-7057 (KAM/JO) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- Doe v. Sozio, 20-CV-2183 (BMC) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- Alharbi v. Miller, No. 18-CV-2435 (BMC) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- Simone v. United States, No. 09-CV-3904 (PKC/AKT) (E.D.N.Y.), No. 15-935-CV (2d Cir.), Co-Lead Counsel
- Tummino v. Hamburg, No. 12-CV-763 (ERK/VVP) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- National Audubon Society v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv., No. 14-CV-5341 (SJF/SIL) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- Riascos-Hurtado v. United States, No. 09-CV-03 (RJD/VMS) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Counsel
- United States v. Sachakov, 11-CR-120 (JBW) (E.D.N.Y.), Lead Forfeiture Counsel
- Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney (Civil) from the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, Sept. 2020
- Henry L. Stimson Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2018
- CIGIE Investigation Award for Excellence from the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, 2018
- Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service from the United States Department of Justice, 2012
- Annual Pro Bono Service Award from the International Human Rights Law Group, 1993
- Editor, The Harvard Law Review, Volumes 103-04
Writings and Presentations
- United States Dep’t of Justice, Regulatory Impact Assessment for PREA Final Rule (May 17, 2012)
- Int’l Human Rights Law Group, In the Public Eye: Parliamentary Transparency in Europe and North America(1995) (contributing author)
- The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (15th 1991) (Executive Editor)
- The Supreme Court, 1989 Term–Leading Cases, 104 L. Rev. 129, 227-37 (1990) (commenting on Rutan v. Republican Party, 110 S. Ct. 2729 (1990) (declaring political patronage unconstitutional))
- The Supreme Court, 1989 Term–Leading Cases, 104 L. Rev. 129, 359-72 (1990) (statistical compilations regarding U.S. Supreme Court)
- Recent Development, 12 J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1081 (1989) (commenting on Fort Wayne Books v. Indiana, 109 S. Ct. 916 (1989) (applicability of civil RICO laws to obscenity violations))
- Public Hearing Testimony, Cost-Effective Strategies for Meeting Policy Requirements and Legislative Mandates, National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, Department of Justice, Washington, DC, August 22-23, 2012
- Panelist, Everything You Wanted to Know About Becoming an Assistant United States Attorney but Were Afraid to Ask, New York City Bar, April 15, 2009
- Panelist, Beyond Party Platforms: Asking the Right Questions About Immigration, Network for Peace Through Dialogue (New York City), October 16, 2008
- Presenter, 6th Annual North American Bahá’í Law Conference, Washington, DC (October 11 , 2008), Panel: Exploring the Intersections of Religion and Governance: Past, Present, and Future
- Presenter, 5th Annual North American Bahá’í Law Conference, Toronto, Ontario (March 23-24, 2007), Panels: Envisioning a Legal System Grounded in Consultation, and Managing your Spiritual Life while Running the Rat Race
- Panelist, Immigration: Do Good Fences Actually Make Good Neighbors, Law Alumni Association of New York University Law School, Nov. 16, 2006
- Presenter, 4th Annual North American Bahá’í Law Conference, New York, NY (February 2005), Truth, Justice, and the Bahá’í Way: Law and Morality in the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh
- CLE Presentations on Administrative Law; Bankruptcy; Constitutional Torts; Taking and Defending Depositions; Direct/Redirect Examination; Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; Freedom of Information Act; and Oral Argument of Motions
- Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of South Orange, New Jersey (Treasurer)
- Harvard Law School Association
- Eastern District Association