Rick Frank is a founder and a senior principal of Olsson, Frank and Weeda. He has served as the firm's Managing Partner since its inception in 1979. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and educated at the University of Michigan, obtaining his B.A. in 1972 (summa cum laude) and his J.D. in 1976. He was a member of the Michigan Law Review from 1975 through 1976 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1976 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1977. Mr. Frank served as Adjunct Law Professor at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. He taught a seminar at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2005. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Frank has been recognized as one of: The Best Lawyers in America—FDA Law 2006 (The Washington Post Magazine, October 2006); Washington, D.C.’s Top Food and Drug Attorneys (Legal Times, September 2005); Washington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers—Food and Drugs/Nutrition and Health (Washingtonian, December 2004); and, Washington, D.C.’s Top Lobbyists (Washingtonian, April 1993).
Mr. Frank is a well-recognized expert on the labeling, advertising, and inspection and safety of food and drug products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Trade Commission. He has testified many times before the U.S. Congress, the FDA, FTC, and the Department of Agriculture on labeling, advertising, and inspection issues.
Mr. Frank serves as General Counsel to the Healthcare Distribution Management Association, the International Foodservice Distributors Association, the National Confectioners Association, the National Frozen Pizza Institute, and the Food Institute. Mr. Frank served as Chairman of the Board of the Food Institute.
Mr. Frank is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Lawyers Have Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and has been named “Individual With The Biggest Heart” Fundraising Winner For 15 Consecutive Years by AHA/Lawyers Have Heart. He served as Chairman of the Golden Carrot Awards, an annual event sponsored by the public interest organization Public Voice for Food and Health Policy.
Mr. Frank led a panel discussion on Lobbying and Campaigning at the October 2010 MIW anniversary celebration. He is shown here with students and others involved in the discussion . Mr. Frank resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Beth Shapiro Frank.