Anthony 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 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), a high court "aficionado" (National Law Journal), and was selected to DC Super Lawyers for appellate law. Beyond appellate matters, Mr. Franze regularly provides strategic counseling on large scale litigation requiring both legal acumen and creative advocacy. He currently serves as lead national appellate and critical motions counsel in what had been described as one of the most complex Multidistrict Litigations in history.

For more than a decade, Mr. Franze was an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington School of Law and Michigan State’s semester-in-DC program, teaching courses in Legal Rhetoric, Federal Jurisdiction, and Appellate Practice. He currently participates in a European faculty exchange program.

Mr. Franze also has received accolades for his legal scholarship. His "excellent annual reviews of Supreme Court amicus practice" for the National Law Journal have been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, and numerous law reviews and textbooks (American Legal Process, 2d ed. 2020). His legal research and commentary have appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Policy Review Online, the Notre Dame Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and he has been individually profiled by The American Lawyer, Above the Law, The Vault, and The Huffington Post. He also is the regular columnist for Criminal Justice magazine's "Cert Alert" feature.

Outside the office, Mr. Franze 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 was 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
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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