Frank J. Broccolo

FRANK J. BROCCOLO is a partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation practice and Pro Bono Chairman of Sidley’s Los Angeles office. Frank has litigated commercial matters involving a variety of businesses, particularly in the areas of real estate, idea theft, defamation, privacy rights and publicity matters. Frank has significant experience enforcing arbitral rights and awards, and routinely consults with clients and transactional counsel to provide advice respecting the drafting and enforcement of alternative dispute provisions. Frank has also obtained the prompt resolution of legal disputes between parties in other matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Examples of these engagements include:

an international arbitration which the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal named as one of California’s top five awards in its listing of “Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2009.” The case was tried on behalf of the lead investors in the billion dollar-plus World Market Center, a large showroom and trade show complex in Las Vegas. After a 26-day arbitration hearing, a unanimous three-member panel issued an award that restored the investors’ interests in the project, ordered over $22 million dollars of monetary relief, and imposed sanctions of several hundred thousand dollars for spoliation of evidence and obstruction of discovery. In that hearing, Sidley was opposed by four significant law firms, including the heads of three national litigation practices. The arbitration award was upheld in its entirety on appeal in 2012.
representing a plaintiff that prevailed after a 3-week arbitration hearing in 2010 and 2011, addressing the merits of a real estate dispute involving in excess of $50 million.
obtaining a judgment dismissing claims for copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement and other torts, and an award of approximately $2,000,000 in attorneys’ fees against the opposing party. In May 2013, the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of the claims and the fee award.
over the last several years, obtained the dismissal of numerous other claims alleged against other media companies in state and federal court, including claims for defamation, false light, commercial misappropriation (statutory and common law), negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, after filing and prevailing on special motions to strike and other dispositive motions.
in 2012, obtained a finding that a special motion to strike filed by opposing parties was frivolous, and an award of attorneys’ fees against the opposing parties.
in a lawsuit alleging claims for trade secret misappropriation and other torts against his clients, after prevailing on successive demurrers, obtained the dismissal of such claims and an award of attorneys’ fees against the opposing party for filing frivolous trade secret misappropriation claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Frank served as a law clerk to the Office of the Public Defender, San Francisco. He is currently a board member for the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, and also serves on its Executive Committee and is the Chair of its Philanthropy Committee.


Frank has served as the Pro Bono Chairman of Sidley’s Los Angeles office for the last three years, and administers all of its pro bono matters (which, last year alone, exceeded over 11,000 hours of attorney time). Sidley’s pro bono program not only provides valuable legal services to deserving individuals in the community, but provides meaningful experiences for Sidley’s junior attorneys. Since Frank became Pro Bono Chairman, the Los Angeles office has won the ACLU’s 2012 Access to Justice Award, been named the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice’s Pro Bono Partner of 2013, won the ACLU’s 2013 Pro Bono Service Award and 2013 Community Service Award, and two of its attorneys won Bet Tzedek’s Attorneys of the Year Award for 2013. Moreover, in 2012, The Recorder designated Sidley as a leading “Pro Bono Achiever” for the firm’s commitment to pro bono legal work in California.

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Areas of Practice 1) Complex Commercial Litigation, 2) Intellectual Property Litigation, 3) Technology, 4) Media and Privacy Law, 5) Real Estate Litigation and 6) Copyright and Theft of Idea Litigation
Law School University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2000
Admitted Year 1993
Education University of California - Berkeley, B.A., 1997
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association
Most recent firm Sidley Austin LLP
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