A creative and strategic problem-solver, Frank Busch is an experienced litigator who has represented parties of every size in complex trial and appellate matters. Frank has experience with all phases of discovery, motion practice, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeal, including a successful oral argument before the Ninth Circuit. Passionate about technology and informed by his Computer Science degree, Frank understands his clients, their business models, and their products and services. He also understands his clients’ need to protect their confidential information in a world where companies rely on that confidentiality to protect their critical intellectual property. Frank represents companies, along with state and local governments, in a broad range of disputes including software, contracts, unfair competition, and trade secret issues in both California state court and federal courts across the country. Frank’s reputation for excellence and professionalism is illustrated by his leadership role in the Bar Association of San Francisco, where he is currently the Chair of the Litigation Section, and in that role meets monthly with the leadership of the San Francisco Superior Court.
Frank’s expertise in civil procedure is further reflected by his role as a lead author of the California Pretrial Civil Procedure Practice Guide and contributing author to the Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial practice guide published by Matthew Bender, a platform designed to provide efficient and accurate guidance to practitioners in any federal district court and one of the key practice guides available on the LexisNexis research platform. Frank’s clients benefit from his up-to-the-minute knowledge of key civil procedure issues resulting from his work on this critical resource.
In addition to civil litigation, Frank has significant experience in probate litigation, having represented both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in many litigated matters, including will contests, trust contests, accounting actions, attorney-in-fact litigation, and other related matters. In probate litigation, Frank leverages his civil litigation expertise to ensure that his clients receive the strong and effective representation their dispute requires. As one example, Frank served as lead trial counsel in a large probate dispute that led to a three-week trial (under hybrid COVID procedures) in 2021. The outcome of that trial was a complete victory for Frank’s clients.
Frank also has an insider’s view of government law enforcement practices, having contributed to an investigation by the Northern District of California United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice’s Mortgage Backed Securities Working Group that achieved a $2.6 billion settlement agreement with Morgan Stanley. This amount was at the time the largest sum ever recovered in a civil case investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.