Franklin C. McRoberts

Commercial Litigation

Counsel | 516-227-0786 | fmcroberts@farrellfritz.com

LOCATION: Uniondale

Franklin C. McRoberts IV brings clients a combination of commercial litigation and corporate transactional experience. His practice focuses on business disputes in federal and state court, including entity dissolutions and breakups, contract disputes, business torts, commercial insurance coverage litigation and real estate transaction disputes. Frank has successfully argued several appeals and numerous dispositive motions. He has briefed countless dispositive, procedural, discovery, pre- and post-trial motions and applications for emergency injunctive relief throughout New York federal and state courts. Frank has taken well over one hundred depositions and second chaired a successful month-long trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Frank began his legal career during law school as a Judicial Intern for the Hon. Henry B. Pitman, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York and for the Hon. F. Dana Winslow, Justice, Supreme Court, County of Nassau, New York.

How do you help clients manage the litigation process?

Well, aside from the difficult legal issues a lawyer has to help clients navigate, for many, litigation is an emotional process. There is a lot at stake in these cases and a lot of personal investment in them. So part of my role is to counsel clients, not just legally, but personally and emotionally along the process. I find that aspect of my job important, challenging and rewarding.

“I have always believed that the key to success is being willing to work harder than your competitors. It was true in school, and it’s true today. You can have all the talent and skill in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s the work ethic, the willingness to work harder than your opponent, that makes the real difference.”

What is your most significant professional success?

Years ago, I argued an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before then-Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who now, of course, is a Justice of the Supreme Court. It was a constitutional case – procedural due process and Eighth Amendment – for a pro se prison inmate. The Second Circuit occasionally appoints appellate counsel for pro se appellants in cases where the staff attorneys believe that the appeal might have merit. That’s how we got involved. I personally argued the appeal before the three-judge panel. We won a reversal on that case. That was a big win on a constitutional issue in front of a now-Supreme Court judge. I am proud of that.