Francis A. Citera is the Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the Chicago Litigation Practice. With over 30 years of experience, Frank is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer with a focus on defending product liability, toxic tort, environmental, class action, and other complex litigation in both federal and state courts. Lauded as a leading litigator by numerous publications, including The Legal 500 United States, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers Network, Frank has tried many cases to verdict, including a complex product liability, wrongful death case. He also acted as co-lead counsel for our client in two trials arising from the Lower Fox River and Green Bay Site, one on a Superfund contribution claim and one on the United States’ claim for a mandatory injunction.
An experienced architect of litigation strategies, Frank defends class actions for companies from virtually all industries and business sectors. He has experienced unparalleled success in defeating class certification and has obtained favorable results across the country on a host of claims, including mass tort, product liability, unfair competition, consumer protection, and breach of contract/warranty claims. He regularly handles multi-state consumer class actions and often serves as national coordinating counsel for companies facing multidistrict and overlapping class action proceedings. Frank has also written and spoken extensively on class action litigation, product safety issues, and claims for medical monitoring and is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School teaching a products liability course.
Described as being “highly experienced and capable” and “renowned for his toxic tort and product liability work,” by the Legal 500 United States, Frank frequently advises clients on risk management, crisis management, crisis communications and product safety matters for both consumer and industrial products. In this capacity, he has been responsible for matters pending before various federal and state agencies and committees regulating the importation and sale of goods in the United States, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Food and Drug Administration, along with various other house and senate committees. Frank has also participated in a briefing before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and its Subcommittee on Oversights and Investigations regarding the safety of certain products intended for children.
An experienced appellate lawyer, Frank has argued many appeals in state and federal appellate courts. Additionally, he has substantial experience in bankruptcy litigation, having represented debtors-in possession in a broad range of disputes, as well as lenders, landlords, and trade creditors in bankruptcy litigation matters.