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Joe S. Frank

Joe S. Frank


Phone: 757-595-4500

Joe S. Frank, a partner in the firm, has been practicing law in Newport News, the Virginia Peninsula, and Hampton Roads since 1967. In that time, he has represented businesses, individuals, public bodies and agencies, and charitable, not-for-profit, public service, and cultural arts organizations, to name but a few.  For the past twenty-two years, he served as a member of the Newport News City Council, including two terms as Vice Mayor.  In 1996, he became the first directly elected Mayor of the City of Newport News and served until he retired from that position on June 30, 2010.  During his fourteen years as Mayor, Joe was widely recognized as a progressive and pre-eminent leader in the region. 

In his practice of law, he has litigated insurance defense matters, represented condemnor and condemnee clients in eminent domain matters, represented plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, and Longshore and Harbor Workers cases, as well as handling Miller Act Claims.  He has also represented individuals in estate planning, including estate and trust administration, and business entity formation, financing, and support.

Joe has exceptionally strong experience and background in economic development projects.  He has assisted clients in a broad spectrum of matters in connection with such projects, ranging from project conceptualization, planning, property acquisition, financing, regulatory compliance and permitting (including zoning), governmental and agency approvals, joint venture, public-private partnership undertakings, and investment/participation arrangements and agreements.

Joe also has extensive experience in land use matters, and has successfully represented clients in the establishment of condominium, shopping center, apartment and residential housing projects.

Joe is a native of Newport News, having graduated from Newport News High School in 1960.  He attended the University of Virginia where he received his undergraduate degree with honors in 1964 and his law degree in 1967. 

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