Anthony J. Franze has garnered national recognition for his work in the US Supreme Court and appellate law, 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, including five successful merits cases since 2011. He also has handled numerous federal and state court appeals across the country. He has been recognized as a "superb advocate" (The Legal 500) and was selected to the 2016 DC Super Lawyers for appellate law.

Mr. Franze also represents clients in high-stakes litigation requiring both legal acumen and creative advocacy. He has served as co-lead counsel in recent high-profile First Amendment lawsuits against the FDA, defended complex class actions against major corporations, and regularly counsels clients on litigation strategy and preparation.

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

He has published numerous scholarly articles and been a legal commentator for  numerous publications 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), 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.


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
What Do Supreme Court Advocates Do with Their Feather Quill Mementos?
Originally published in ABA Journal on April 1, 2017.
In Unusual Term, Big Year for Amicus Curiae at the Supreme Court (pdf)
The National Law Journal
Supreme Fiction: 10 Novels to Get Your Mind Off the Supreme Court Nomination Standoff
ABA Journal


The Legal 500 US
Supreme Court and Appellate (2012-2014, 2016-2017)
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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