Anthony J. Franze is a member of the firm's Appellate & Supreme Court practice, and has garnered national recognition for his work in the US Supreme Court and appellate law. He also regularly handles high-stakes litigation, and is a frequent media commentator on legal and high court issues.

Mr. Franze has represented parties and amici in more than forty cases before the US Supreme Court, and regularly handles appeals in federal and state courts across the country. He has been recognized as a "superb advocate" (The Legal 500) and was selected to DC Super Lawyers for appellate law. Mr. Franze also represents clients in high-stakes litigation requiring both legal acumen and creative advocacy.

For more than a decade, Mr. Franze was an adjunct professor of law, teaching courses in Federal Jurisdiction and Appellate Practice, and participating in a European faculty exchange program.

He has published scholarly articles in leading law journals and been a media commentator for numerous outlets including The New Republic, Bloomberg, and Supreme Court Brief. Mr. Franze has been profiled by The Huffington Post, The American Lawyer, and been repeatedly quoted or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent news outlets. And the National Law Journal annually has him analyze the Supreme Court's amicus curiae docket.

Mr. Franze also is a critically acclaimed novelist of crime fiction, including The Advocate's Daughter (St. Martin's Press, 2016), and The Outsider (St. Martin's Press, 2017). His novel The Outsider is in development for a television series on NBC.


  • Marx v. General Revenue Corp., 133 S. Ct. 1166 (2013). Successfully represented General Revenue Corporation at the merits stage, where the Supreme Court held that defendants have the right to seek litigation costs under the federal debt collections statute.
  • Henderson v. Shinseki, 131 S. Ct. 1197 (2012). Successfully represented petitioner at the petition and merits stages, where the Supreme Court held that the deadline for filing an appeal in Veterans Court is not jurisdictional.
  • Astra USA, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, 131 S. Ct. 1342 (2011). Successfully represented pharmaceutical manufacturer at merits stage, where the Supreme Court held that plaintiffs have no private right of action to sue as third-party beneficiaries of contracts that implement a federal price control statute.


A Calm but Impressive 2018-19 Term for 'Friends of the Court' (pdf)
The National Law Journal
With a Lot of Help From Their Friends
Daily Journal's "Weekly Appellate Report" Podcast
Supreme Court Amicus Curiae Review: 'Friends of the Court' Roared Back in 2017–18 Term (pdf)
The National Law Journal
In Quiet Term, a Drop in Amicus Curiae at the Supreme Court (pdf)
The National Law Journal's Supreme Court Brief
This Supreme Court Litigator/Novelist Has Killer Time Management Skills


The Legal 500 US
Appellate: Courts of Appeals (2012-2014, 2016-2019)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
Appellate and Civil Litigation: Defense (2014-2016)


  • JD, Notre Dame Law School, 1995, magna cum laude
  • BS, University of Nebraska, 1992
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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