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 has nearly 40 years of experience and is co-chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice and co-chairs 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 Underwriters Laboratories. 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: Consumer Class Actions (Band 2), where he has been described by clients as being a lawyer who “really knows how to handle cases and get the best outcome for us.” The Legal 500 United States described him as being “highly experienced and capable” and “renowned for his toxic tort and product liability work.” Recognized as a thought leader in the area of toxic torts, Frank 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