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Frank B. Strickland

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Frank Strickland serves as a court-appointed special master and receiver in commercial litigation matters and is a certified mediator registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Mr. Strickland's practice also includes assisting clients with interests in legislative and public policy matters. He has appeared before legislative and congressional committees and has represented legislators and candidates before the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (and its predecessor). He served as an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law teaching a course in election law.

With more than 40 years of experience in the field of higher education, Mr. Strickland has represented educational institutions in litigation and accreditation matters; federal funding; discipline of faculty, staff and students; tenure; state licensing boards; athletics; board governance; and various types of financing, including bond financing. He has acted as special counsel to foundations located at numerous institutions of the University System of Georgia in connection with financing of student housing and related facilities.

President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Strickland to the eleven-member bipartisan Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Washington, DC. After Senate confirmation, Mr. Strickland was elected Chairman of the Board of LSC and served in that position from April 2003 until April 2010. He continues to serve on two LSC board committees. LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the nation. Congress established LSC as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. With an annual appropriation of $465 million, LSC distributes more than 94 percent of its total funding to 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in all 50 states with more than 800 offices.

By appointment of Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal, from 2003 to 2016 Mr. Strickland served on the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), which reviews candidates for judicial appointments throughout the State of Georgia. 

Mr. Strickland served in the United States Coast Guard and is a retired Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.


State Bar of Georgia, Board of Governors, 1986-present; Executive Committee, 2017-2019

Board to Determine the Fitness of Bar Applicants, Member

Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, Chairman

Bleckley Inn of Court, Georgia State University College of Law, Master

Georgia State University College of Law Board of Visitors, Member

LSC Leaders Council, Member

Atlanta Bar Association, Former President

Cobb and American Bar Associations

State Ethics Commission, Former Chairman

Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, Former Member

Georgia Republican Party, Former General Counsel

Georgia Legal Services Program, Former Director

Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Former Director

Federal Defender Program Inc., Former Director

Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA), Former Member

Georgia Chapter of RNLA, Founder and Former Chairman

Community Involvement

Brandon Neighborhood Association, Board of Directors

Cobb Veterans Memorial Foundation, Board of Directors


Speaking Engagements


Emory University School of Law, LLB

Vanderbilt University, BA

Bar Admissions


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review (5.0 out of 5)

Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2022

Daily Report Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2005-2021

Amicus Curiae of the Supreme Court of Georgia, 2018

Judicial Section of the State Bar Spirit of Justice Award, 2017

Georgia Presidential Elector, 2016

Georgia Legal Services Program Champion of Justice, 2013

Emory Law School Epic Inspiration Award, 2011

Ninth Annual Justice Robert Benham Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service, 2008

St. Thomas More Society Award for Commitment to Justice and Humanity and Difficult Circumstances During Public Service, 2007

Atlanta Bar Association Leadership Award, 2003