Francis Frank Murray

PARTNER

Francis Frank Murray

PARTNER

Education

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A.

  • Concentrations: Political Philosophy, Social Policy
  • Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Graduate Level Lab Instructor
  • Capstone Project: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism—Review of Legal Challenges to Terrorist Sanctions and Prosecutions

Boston College Law School, J.D., with honors

  • Boston College International & Comparative Law Review, Staff Writer
  • Public Interest Fellow

The George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, B.A., with honors

  • International Affairs, International Economics
  • Elliot School Special Honors (Thesis)

CLERKSHIPS

Law Clerk, Honorable William G. Young, District of Massachusetts (2014)
Law Clerk, Honorable Anthony E. Porcelli, Middle District of Florida (2015)

Frank is a former federal prosecutor and former federal judicial law clerk. A skilled legal writer and natural public speaker with both federal appellate court and federal trial court experience, Frank has spent countless hours litigating complex matters on behalf of the United States.

Frank served for more than six years as an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Florida. As part of that Office’s Criminal Division, Economic Crimes Section and Special Victims Section, he led investigations and prosecutions of numerous violations of United States Code, including money laundering and illegal monetary transactions; wire, mail, access-device, bank, and health care fraud; RICO; environmental crimes; aggravated identity theft; human trafficking; civil rights offenses; terrorism hoaxes; and child exploitation offenses. Before joining the Criminal Division, Frank served for one year in the Office’s Appellate Division, where he authored appellate briefs in direct appeals, conducted oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and coordinated the Office’s district-wide response to post-conviction litigation.

Before his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Frank served for two years as a federal judicial law clerk. During that period, Frank worked on the federal “Engle Tobacco” docket presided over by the Hon. William G. Young, District of Massachusetts (sitting by designation in the Middle District of Florida). Part of that service included serving as a law clerk for visiting judges from throughout the federal judiciary during seven trials. Frank also subsequently participated in the “Engle Tobacco” federal mediation effort, resulting in a $100 million settlement in February 2015. Following that settlement, Frank assisted the appointed Rule 53 Special Master, the Hon. Anthony E. Porcelli, to create a distribution plan for the settlement funds and helped administer their distribution to qualifying plaintiffs.

Significant matters include:

  • Leading the prosecution and dismantling of an international child exploitation and money laundering organization referred to as the “Newstar Enterprise.” For 15 years, the Newstar Enterprise had sexually exploited vulnerable children in Eastern Europe under the guise of “child modeling,” through a collection of subscription-based websites called the Newstar Websites. The Enterprise had a presence in more than 10 countries, produced 4.6 million images and videos, had customers in over 100 countries, and in its last 10 years of operation had generated roughly $10 million in revenue.
  • Prosecuting and trying to guilty verdict a Chief Executive Officer charged with having run an $80 million FOREX trading and Ponzi-style scheme through the corporation Oasis International Group Ltd. (OIG).
  • Prosecuting a national wildlife dealer known as “the Monkey Whisperer” for having violated the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act through illicit primate sales to celebrity clientele.
  • Prosecuting a multi-state RICO conspiracy involving the trafficking and forced labor of Mexican agricultural H-2A workers.
  • Representing the United States in a series of prosecutions against individuals in the Tampa Bay area who were defrauding undocumented persons by posing as attorneys and charging them for legal services.
  • Charging a Tampa attorney who traveled to Cambodia and sexually abused Cambodian children.
  • Prosecuting a Pasco County, Florida, man who threatened and harassed an Iraqi-American family in an attempt to force them to move out of his neighborhood for criminal civil rights violations.
  • Assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office revive the unsolved 2006 kidnapping and murder of minor Amber Woods, resulting in multiple second-degree murder charges in December 2020.
  • Prosecuting a Florida man who was sexually abusing his infant child and posting videos of the abuse in a dark-net forum.
  • Securing a life sentence and 35-year sentence against two Florida school administrators, respectively, both of whom sexually abused children and conspired with each other to have group sex with minors.

While working at the Department of Justice, Frank was involved in numerous community outreach programs. For six years, he volunteered for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division’s Intensive Reentry Program, assisting inmates at high risk of recidivism to reenter society. He also was a part of “Guys with Ties,” a community outreach program where federal prosecutors visit and counsel students at underprivileged schools. Frank also volunteered time with a non-profit animal rescue organization.