Frances advises clients in government investigations, enforcement matters, and administrative litigation before federal and state agencies and federal courts relating to a variety of energy, environmental, and natural resources laws. Her practice includes providing strategic advice and legal advocacy on issues unique to the firm’s Native American and Tribal Business practice group.
Before joining Van Ness Feldman, Frances practiced commercial litigation as an associate with Venable LLP, where she represented clients in a variety of business disputes before state and federal courts and arbitral tribunals. During law school, Frances served as a law clerk for the Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, and interned in a European office of an international law firm specializing in energy law.
Frances is a magna cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she served as Note and Comment Editor to the Catholic University Law Review, and Captain of the International Arbitration Moot Court team.
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
James Madison University
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Department of Justice
Environmental and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, 2012