25 Years Anniversary

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Group photo of Christine Gale, Frederick N. Frank, Gregory M. Pocrass and John G. Harshman
25 Years Anniversary


Frederick N. Frank

  • Founding Partner & Shareholder, 1990






Martindal-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence | 2021
Rated By Super Lawyers | Frederick N. Frank | Top 50 Pittsburgh | SuperLawyers.com
Frederick N. Frank | Recognised By Best Lawyers 2021

Mr. Frank is a founding partner of Frank, Gale, Bails & Pocrass, P.C., where he has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since 1990. He has served (by appointment of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court) as Vice Chair of the Appellate Procedural Rules Committee and currently serves (by appointment of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court) as a member of committee on Rules of Evidence. Mr. Frank was a member of the Joint State Government Commission, which drafted the 2005 amendments to the Divorce Code. Mr. Frank was honored by Best Lawyers in America in 2014 as the Best Family Law Attorney in Pittsburgh and for being listed for twenty consecutive years in the publication. He has served as Chair (by election) of the Family Law Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association and as a member of the Family Law Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Frank is the immediate past chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee and currently serves as a Member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association-Press Committee

Mr. Frank is author and editor of the Pennsylvania Family Practice Manual (Michie Pub.) and author of several articles published in the Villanova Law Review and the Dickinson Law Review. He is a frequent author and lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has been a member (by appointment of the President of the United States) of the Panel of Conciliators, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and (by nomination of the President of the United States) a director of the Czech-Slovak American Enterprise Fund.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Media Law
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Elected to Law Record
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta
    • Honors: Selected for individual research in Constitutional Law under University Professor Solis Horowitz (former Assistant Secretary of Defense)
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Honors: Phi Delta Epsilon
    • Honors: Druids, Sophomore Man of the Year
    • Honors: Senior Hall of Fame
    • Honors: Editor in Chief, Pitt News
    • Major: History
    • Minor: French

Published Works

  • Author and Editor, Pennsylvania Family Practice Manual, Michie Pub., Supplement


  • Author & Lecturer, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Lawyers Seminars
  • Practice argument presentation as advocate in mock Superior Court, Pennsylvania Family Law
  • Course Planner, Author and Lecturer of "Complex Civil Litigation", Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Author & Lecturer, Duquesne University seminar for 40th anniversary of Appellate Procedural Rules Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Family Law Lawyer in Pittsburgh
  • One of Pennsylvania's Super Lawyers (top 5%), 2004 - present
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 Award for being named to publication for 20 consecutive years
  • Recipient, Highest Rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics
  • Recipient, Stark Young Leadership Award, United Jewish Federation
  • Recipient, Levinson Community Relations Award, United Jewish Federation
  • Recipient of the Friends of Slovakia Medal of Honor
  • Recipient of the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association Business Award
  • Recipient, President’s Call to Service Award for service as a director of Czech-Slovak American Enterprise Fund
  • Recipient of the Slovak Ambassador’s Medal of Honor for “outstanding contribution to development of Slovakia’s small and medium size businesses"
  • Recipient, U. S. Congress Special Congressional Recognition for service as a director of Czech-Slovak American Enterprise Fund
  • Named one of Pittsburgh’s Top Fifty Lawyers in 2006 by Philadelphia magazine and Law and Politics magazine (top 5% of attorneys)

Past & Present Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair, Family Law Council, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Family Law Council, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee, Chairman
  • Panel of Conciliators, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, Member
  • Committee on Rules of Evidence, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Member (Present), Present
  • Bar-Press Committee of Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member (Present), Present
  • Chair, Public Service Committee of Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Louis Little Foundation of Allegheny County Bar Association, Trustee
  • Member, Joint State Government Commission Domestic Relations Task Force, Chair sub-committee on divorce grounds, (Present), Present
  • Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Vice Chairman, Member, Co-Chair, 2011, Children’s Fast Track Rules Committee Chair, Committee on Juvenile Appeals
  • Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund, Director
  • Allegheny County United Way Planning and Allocations Committee, Member
  • Chair, Slovak-American Foundation, (Present), Present
  • Phipps Conservatory, Inc., Executive Committee - 1996 to 2000, Member, Board of Trustees
  • Pittsburgh Housing Authority, Commissioner and Treasurer
  • City of Pittsburgh Trade Delegation to Wuhan, People’s Republic of China, Member
  • Chair, Public Social Policy Steering Committee, Council of Jewish Federations
  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Trustee and member investment committee
  • United Jewish Federation Foundation, Trustee and Chair, Distribution Committee, 1996 to 2004
  • Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh, Chairman

Past & Present Employment Positions

  • City of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Municipal Pension Trust Fund, Solicitor (Present)
  • City of Pittsburgh Other Benefits Pension Trust Fund, Solicitor (Present)
  • Allegheny County Treasurer, Solicitor
  • Deputy Allegheny County Treasurer
  • Baskin Flaherty Elliott & Mannino, P.C., Partner and Shareholder
  • Raphael Sheinberg and Barmen, P.C., Partner
  • Pennsylvania Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General
  • Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Law Clerk to Honorable Samuel Strauss
  • Dr. David Kurtzman, (Chancellor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, Research Assistant on State Finance, 1967
  • University of Pittsburgh Associate Provost M. Richard Rose (later Assistant Secretary of Defense and President of Alfred University), Administrative Assistant

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Society for Contemporary Crafts, 1989 to 1991
  • Chairman, Urban Affairs Foundation, 1976 to 1979


  • English
  • French


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Zeta Beta Tau