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Richard L. Frank 
Washington, District of Columbia,
Founding Principal Attorney
phone 202-518-6363
fax 202-234-3550
email rfrank@ofwlaw.com

Mr. Frank is a founding principal of OFW Law. He has served as the firm's Managing Principal since its inception in 1979. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and educated at the University of Michigan, obtaining his B.A. in 1972 (summa cum laude) and his J.D. in 1976. He was a member of the Michigan Law Review from 1975 through 1976 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1976 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1977. Mr. Frank served as Adjunct Law Professor at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America from 1985 to 1986. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Frank is a well-recognized expert on the labeling, advertising, and inspection and safety of food and drug products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Trade Commission. He has testified many times before the U.S. Congress, the FDA, FTC, and the Department of Agriculture on labeling, advertising, and inspection issues.

Mr. Frank serves as General Counsel to the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the National Confectioners Association, the National Frozen Pizza Institute, and The Food Institute.

Mr. Frank is a former Chairman of the Board of The Food Institute (2003-2005), the 75-year-old leader in providing marketplace and regulatory news to the food industry.

Mr. Frank has served as Chairman of the Golden Carrot Awards, an annual event sponsored by the public interest organization Public Voice for Food and Health Policy. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Lawyers Have Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and has been named Individual With The Biggest Heart Fundraising Winner For 15 Consecutive Years by AHA/Lawyers Have Heart.

Areas of Practice:

Food and Drug Law
Advertising Law
Agriculture Law

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 1976
District of Columbia, 1977

Education:

The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1976
Juris Doctor

Law Review: University of Michigan Law Review, Member, 1975 - 1976

University of Michigan, 1972
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works:

Washington Legal Foundation, Counsel’s Advisory, Updated Medical Privacy Rules Challenged As Unconstitutional (October 11, 2013) 

Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Backgrounder, Updated Medical Privacy Rules Under Federal HITECH Act Constitutionally Suspect (July 19, 2013)
 
"Importing Food Into the U.S.: A Regulatory Guide" The Food Institute Press, 2007

"The U.S. Food Labeling Guide III," The Food Institute Press, 2006

"OSHA Inspection Manual," The Food Institute Press, 2005

"The Mad Cow Disease Primer," The Food Institute Press

"Food Industry Bioterrorism Act Guide," The Food Institute Press, 2004

"The U.S. Food Labeling Guide II," The Food Institute Press, 2004

"Comments Due On Federal Proposal Targeting Malt Beverages," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 11, No. 8., May, 2003

"A Primer on Canadian Rules On Nutrition Labeling, Nutrient Content Claims, and Health Claims," The Food Institute Press, 2003

"FDA Limits On Print Drug Ads Violate The First Amendment," Washington Legal Foundation Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 17, No. 42., October, 2002

"Guide to Handling FDA Food Inspections," The Food Institute Press, 2002

"Guide to Regulation of Food Ingredients and Food Packaging Materials," The Food Institute Press, 2002

"A Primer On Food Biotechnology," The Food Institute Press, 2001

"A Primer On Food Irradiation," The Food Institute Press, 2001

"HACCP & U.S. Food Safety Guide," The Food Institute Press, 2000

"The U.S. Food Labeling Guide," The Food Institute Press, 1998

"The FDA Under Siege," New Directions in Health Care and Food and Drug Law, Legal Times, July 17, 1995

"Final Round of the Fight Over Food Labels," Legal Times of Washington, Volume XV, Number 34, January, 1993

"Complying With the Nutritional Labeling and Education Act," The Food Institute Press, 1993

"Regulators Dish It Out on Food Labeling," Legal Times of Washington, Volume XIV, Number 36, January 27, 1992

"History of Health Claims Regulation," 45 Food Drug Comm. L.J. 655, November, 1990

"The USDA's Compliance and Enforcement Program," 44 Food Drug Comm. L.J. 205, 1989

"Food Labeling and Inspection Issues--1981-1983: Living with the Regulators," Food Drug and Cosmetic Law Journal, Volume 38, October, 1983

"USDA Pre-Market Label Approval Process Criticized," Legal Times of Washington, Volume III, Number 22, November 2, 1981

"Food Labeling-The Case for National Uniformity," Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Journal, Commerce Clearing House Publication, Volume 34, Number 10, October, 1979

"Antitrust Consequences of United States Corporate Payment to Foreign Officials," Vanderbilt Law Review, Volume 30, Number 2, March, 1977

"Some Observations on the Disposition of CCW Cases in Detroit," Michigan Law Review, Volume 74, Number 3, January, 1976

Representative Cases:

National Grain and Feed Ass'n v. Occupational Safety and Health Admin., 858 F.2d 1019 (C.A.5 1988)

Community Nutrition Institute v. Block, 749 F.2d 50 (C.A.D.C. 1984)

American Meat Institute v. U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, 646 F.2d 125 (C.A.4 (Va.) 1981)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Guest lecturer, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Univeristy of Michigan, 2005

Adjunct Law Professor, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America, 1985 - 1986

Honors and Awards:

fi MONTHLY’s Law Awards 2011 Recognizes OFW Law, Founder Richard L. Frank (Finance Monthly, July 2011). 

Big Guns: Washington's Top 800 Lawyers--Food and Drugs (Washingtonian, December 2009)

Washington DC Super Lawyers-FDA (Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2009)

Washington DC Super Lawyers-FDA (Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2008)

Washington, D.C.'s Top Lawyers--Food and Drugs (Washingtonian, December 2007)

The Best Lawyers in America--Washington, D.C. Area's Best Lawyers, FDA Law The Washington Post Magazine (September 2007)

Washington DC Super Lawyers FDA (Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2007)

Washington D.C.'s Super Lawyers 2007 (New York Times Magazine, March 2007)

The Best Lawyers in America -- Washington, D.C. Area's Best Lawyers, FDA Law The Washington Post Magazine, (October 2006)

Washington, D.C.'s Top Food and Drug Attorneys (Legal Times, September 2005)

Washington, D.C.'s Top Lawyers--Food and Drugs/Nutrition and Health (Washingtonian, December 2004)

Washington, D.C.'s Top Lobbyists (Washingtonian, April 1993)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

District of Columbia Bar Association
American Bar Association