Carrie Frank is a passionate advocate for the injured men and women who seek our firm’s assistance. As a Boulder personal injury attorney, she works tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients and to deliver the results they need to get their lives back on track. She focuses on cases related to personal injury law, including catastrophic injuries, premises liability, wrongful death, and product liability. Her knowledge of defective children’s products has led to many speaking engagements on the topic. There is nothing more important to her than securing positive outcomes for injured individuals.
Attorney Carrie Frank has been honored with inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list and among the Best Lawyers in America®. Her sincere interest in improving the lives of our clients is evident in everything she does. For her impressive track record, she is one of the few women in the country who has achieved Diplomate status with the American Association of Justice. She has also served as a consultant for cases resulting in million-dollar verdicts over the years. Her knowledge and experience has also benefited other attorneys who have learned from her jury presentation skills. She regularly helps lawyers across the country with preparing cases for trial, settlement, and how to better communicate.
5 QUESTIONS with Carrie Frank, president of Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Carrie Frank, a partner at Klein-Frank PC in Boulder and the founder of a national trial consulting practice, has handled product liability and personal injury cases for more than 20 years.
Her practice focuses on defect litigation cases involving automobiles, medical devices, drugs and toys, among other products, where consumers have been seriously injured or killed.
Frank is the president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. The Camera recently spoke with Frank about her legal practice and consulting firm.
1. What fueled your interest in getting involved with the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association?
The involvement with CTLA was to have a good resource. It allows a lot of collaboration with a lot of other attorneys who have handled similar kinds of cases. It makes it easier to keep up with the law. The law is very dynamic; new cases are coming up all the time.
2. What are some current trends within the court system or litigation that deal with personal injury or product defects?
A lot of issues with product liability work is the complexity of the case. Fewer and fewer people are wanting to handle them because typically they are very large cases. It requires a lot of investigation to determine if something is defective. It requires a lot of expert testimony because you need a lot of experts to explain what a defect is, or how a defect has injured someone. One of the trends in all personal injury cases (defective products, medical malpractice, car crashes, general negligence, etc.) is to try to limit or eliminate the rights and ability of the injured consumers to get a trial by jury. This is done in a variety of ways such as immunity clauses in statutes, preemption laws and other limitations.
3. How do your management philosophies compare between your consulting firm and your legal practice?
My management philosophy is really the same in both. We work very collaboratively. We have discussions as a team to get other ideas. What are my partner’s ideas on something? What are my ideas on the work that she’s doing? It’s always good to have another set of eyes or ears or brains.
4. What’s the biggest challenge facing law firms in the next 10 years?
There’s a fair number of lawyers for the firms that are out there, and it’s making law firms more competitive. The challenge is really adapting to what’s happening, changes in trends and learning new areas of the law and keeping up to speed with things. The legal business is as impacted by a poor economy as any other business. People think that we’re not … but insurance companies out there tighten their belts, and they want to settle for less than they did five years ago.
5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a woman in the legal field?
This firm, we are three women. When I started practicing years ago, there were only a handful of women in the business. We’ve kind of had to invent ourselves as professionals. That’s something that’s changed over the years. There are more and more women in the litigation arena, (but) there still is a male bias I’d say that’s out there. Certainly for the younger women sometimes it’s still pretty tough, and they’re feeling they need to be more aggressive because they’re still trying to prove themselves to the senior male partners in a firm.
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