Frank J. Silvestri, Jr.

Partner
T: (203) 222-3108
  • Yale Law School (J.D.)
  • Georgetown University (A.B.), summa cum laude

Highlights

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"[H]e is really detail-oriented and always the most prepared person in the courtroom."
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Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in the 2018 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.
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"Local Litigation Star" in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Frank represents clients in business disputes. He has litigated partnership and corporate controversies including breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance and securities claims; unfair trade practice, business tort and antitrust claims; healthcare matters; and real property claims. Controversies Frank has handled recently include:

  • on behalf of a closely held corporation sued by preferred stockholders who alleged a violation of their redemption rights, defeated the stockholders’ motion for an injunction to enforce their claimed board-stacking rights;
  • defends a title insurance company in a class action seeking to stop the defendants from using allegedly unauthorized title agents, which supposedly caused commissions to be diverted from authorized agents;
  • represented a hedge fund sued for securities fraud and related claims in state and federal courts for investing members’ money with an entity that was later learned to be operating a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme;
  • has acted as an expert witness regarding the standard of care in a legal malpractice case, and regarding the reasonableness of attorneys' hourly rates sought on fee applications;
  • has been appointed to serve as a Special Master to conduct settlement conferences and to resolve a discovery dispute in federal court cases in Connecticut, and as counsel to hospital medical staff committees conducting peer review hearings; and 
  • represented clients in a number of matters in which subpoenas were served on Connecticut companies to obtain discovery for use in litigation in a foreign country.

Frank claims the firm record for greatest latitudinal distance traveled. He has been hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle watching polar bears in the waters off the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard; in Antarctica to see penguins, seals, whales, ice, ice, and more ice; and halfway in between, interacting with iguanas, giant tortoises and sea lions in the Galapagos.

Public Service

United States Naval Reserve, Active Duty (1968 - 1971)

Memberships

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Chair, Federal Civil Procedure 
    Committee (2016 - ); Chair, Connecticut State Committee (2012 - 2014)
American Bar Association: Section of Litigation
American Health Lawyers Association
American Inns of Court
Federal Bar Council
Connecticut Bar Association: Co-Chair, Federal Practice Section (2004 – 2006); 
    Member, Task Force on Confidentiality and the Courts (2004 – 2007); Chair, 
    Federal Practice Section Civil Practice and Local Rules Committee (2002 – 
    2004)

Education

  • Yale Law School (J.D.)
  • Georgetown University (A.B.), summa cum laude

Clerkships

  • Hon. J. Joseph Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors

AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    under Litigation: General Commercial
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Commercial Litigation, 
    Arbitration, Litigation - Health Care, Litigation - Securities (2001-2019)  
Ranked among the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Connecticut by New 
    England Super Lawyers©
 (2008-2016)
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under
    Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense 
    and Health Care (2006-2018)
Named a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation
Raymond B. Green Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. District 
    Court for the District of Connecticut’s Grievance Committee