Richard T. Franch is a retired partner from Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and was a member of the firm’s Litigation Department.
Mr. Franch has dedicated his career principally to civil litigation of all types on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate court levels throughout the United States, and he has represented clients in major arbitrations, both nationally and internationally. His legal experience includes the following substantive areas: antitrust, arbitration proceedings, bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation, discrimination and employment issues, insurance and reinsurance, securities, telecommunications litigation and federal tax litigation.
Mr. Franch represented General Dynamics Corporation as counsel for litigation purposes in major matters, including its $2.2 billion offer to acquire Newport News Shipbuilding, which the U.S. government blocked on antitrust grounds, and its recent acquisition from the Spanish government of Empresa Nacional Santa Bárbara, a defense manufacturer (e.g., the Leopard 2E battle tank).
Mr. Franch represented Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in a class action alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Ponder, et al. v. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., et al., Case No. CIV-02-739-C (W.D. Okla.). This case was settled in May 2005.
Mr. Franch has been involved in several insurance and reinsurance disputes. He was lead counsel for SCOR S.A. in protracted litigation in federal court in Chicago between SCOR, its ceding insurers, other reinsurers, retrocessionaires and brokers that alleged RICO and fraud claims in connection with an environmental impairment liability (EIL) insurance program. He was also lead counsel for SCOR in significant state court litigation brought by EIL insureds in Chicago and Akron. Eventually, all of these cases were settled. He has represented AXA Reassurance and The Peoples Insurance Company of China in disputes with their ceding insurers. Mr. Franch has significant experience in efforts to confirm and vacate arbitration awards, including in the context of reinsurance.
Mr. Franch has spent substantial time on damages issues, both defending and challenging damages studies that involved significant claims for lost profits, out-of-pocket losses, reliance damages, prejudgment interest and so on.
Mr. Franch received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1964, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967. He joined Jenner & Block in June 1967. He was an officer in the United States Army Transportation Corps in 1968 and 1969, attaining the rank of Captain. He rejoined Jenner & Block in February 1970. Mr. Franch is an emeritus fellow of the American Collegeof Trial Lawyers and was a member of the American Law Institute from 1991 to 2006. Mr. Franch was Vice Chair of the International Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which, in April 2003, promulgated a Report on Military Commissions for the Trial of Terrorists that was authored by him and other Jenner & Block attorneys. In 2005, Mr. Franch authored a supplement to this report. He is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Illinois, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the United States Tax Court.