Frank graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, California. While in law school, he was a Comments Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal. As a participant in UCLA's Communications Law Program, he interned at the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection, and Finance.
Frank counsels television and radio broadcasters on compliance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. He has an active transactional practice. Frank regularly provides advice on political broadcasting regulations to broadcasters. Frank has had extensive experience in the satellite communications field. He has counseled and handled domestic and international licensing for numerous teleports, SNG operators, broadcasters and major satellite operators. Frank serves as Washington counsel for the Alaska Broadcasters Association, the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, the Maryland/D.C./Delaware Broadcasters Association, the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters and the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. The Arkansas Broadcasters Association has presented Frank with its Class Award and Pinnacle Award. He has also been a regular speaker before other state and national associations. Frank also advises equipment manufacturers on FCC regulatory matters.
Frank is a member of the Bars of Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association ("FCBA"). Since 2013, he has served as a Co-Chair of the FCBA's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. From 2010-2013, Frank served as Co-Chair of the FCBA's Mass Media Committee. From 2006-2009, he served as Co-Chair of the FCBA's Professional Responsibility Committee. He was Co-Chair of the FCBA's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee from 2005-2006, and was previously Co-Chair of the FCBA's Mass Media Practice Committee from 2002-2005. In 2005 and 2008, he served on the FCBA's Nominations Committee. Frank is a Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, State University of New York, on which he has served since 2003. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Financial Market Regulation at the University at Albany and Albany Law School. Frank has served on the Information Technology Advisory Commission (ITAC) of Arlington County, Virginia, since 2000, and is currently its Chairman. He is an associate member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) and is a member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). Frank has been named by "Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers" magazine as one of the top communications lawyers in Washington, D.C. He was also named by "Virginia Super Lawyers" magazine as one of the top lawyers in Virginia. Frank has been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell*.
Frank served as Co-Managing Member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. for over 20 years.
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