Francis A. “Frank” Citera is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer representing clients in product liability, toxic torts, class actions, and other complex litigation matters in federal and state courts. Frank is co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice and co-chair of the Chicago Litigation Practice. An experienced architect of litigation strategies, Frank defends companies in various industries and business sectors, including retailers such as Albertson’s and Claire’s Stores, and technology and electronics companies like Qualcomm, Sony Electronics, and UL Solutions. He has achieved success in defeating class certification, disputing alleged claims in court, and obtaining summary judgments and outright dismissals prior to trial.
Frank is recognized in Chambers USA for Product Liability & Mass Torts (USA – Nationwide) and Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois), where he has been described by clients as being “a gifted litigator but, more than that, he's a thoughtful adviser who protects the interests of his client beyond the scope of any particular lawsuit.” The Legal 500 United States described him as “a seasoned lawyer who can solve almost any issue” and who is “tenacious, thoughtful, and intelligent.” Recently, Frank was named an “Ally of the Year” as part of the Corporate Counsel 2023 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards and was included on the Crain’s Chicago Business 2023 list of Notable Litigators and Trial Attorneys. Recognized as a thought leader in the area of toxic torts, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law teaching toxic torts to the next generation of lawyers.
Frank also advises clients on risk management, crisis management and communications, and product safety matters and has appeared before federal and state agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board.
- Products liability
- Class actions
- Mass torts
- Civil practice