As a business owner himself, Frank G. Goldman relates to his clients. He knows the challenges any business owner faces, and he’s learned along the way the proactive steps an entrepreneur can take to make a business run smoothly. It’s experience that’s informed his 25 years of practice, allowing him to combine his legal training with practical understanding and a shared perspective with his clients.
After studying government at Cornell University, Frank entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as a Missile Launch Officer. Based in Cheyenne, Wyo., he operated a control facility monitoring intercontinental Minuteman III nuclear missiles, where he commanded a team that maintained missile security.
Frank’s time in the Air Force taught him calm professionalism—even under the most adverse circumstances—and left him with a mission-driven work ethic. As he returned to Cornell to pursue a law degree, he brought those two qualities with him, ultimately representing clients with a similarly mission-focused, cool-under-pressure approach to business law.
After his admission to the bar, Frank practiced law in Washington, D.C., drawing on his military and government experience to work as an enforcement attorney with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He argued motions before both federal and state courts, conducted bank fraud investigations, and helped policymakers better understand legal issues by researching and writing memoranda.
A move to Atlanta in 1997 drew Frank into commercial litigation, where he worked with some of the city’s largest firms. His practice stretched across industries, including financial services, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, food services, and insurance. In addition to appearing as first chair trial counsel in cases of corporate or commercial litigation, Frank also steered clients through arbitration and mediation, developing an interest in these less confrontational, cost-saving measures that often better served small- and medium-sized businesses.
Realizing that smaller, often entrepreneurial, companies were underserved by the bigger, white-shoe law firms, Frank opened his own practice in 2006, with a focus on litigation, mediation, and business law. His goal was to offer quality representation in everything from one-off contract negotiations to “bet the company” pieces of litigation at rates smaller businesses could afford.
Today, with the Atlanta business law firm Frank G. Goldman PC, he acts as outside general counsel for clients, helps proactive businesses lay a smart groundwork with advantageous leases and employee agreements, and gets new businesses up and running. Frank is also a Registered Neutral with the State of Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, allowing him to bring his more than two decades of experience in the courtroom to mediations, saving clients time and money.
When he’s not at court or working with clients, Frank spends time with his daughter, a high school senior, and serves on the board of his homeowners’ association. He also enjoys photography, tennis, cycling, and music.
My Declaration of Commitment to Clients
- To treat you with respect and courtesy
- To handle your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession
- To exercise independent professional judgement on your behalf
- To charge a reasonable fee and explain in advance how that fee will be computed and billed
- To return telephone calls promptly
- To keep you informed and provide you with copies of important papers
- To respect your decisions on the objectives to be pursued in your case, as permitted by law and rules of professional conduct, including whether or not to settle your case
- To work with other participants in the legal system to make our legal system more accessible and responsible
- To preserve the client confidences learned during our lawyer/client relationship
- To exhibit the highest degree of ethical conduct, in accordance with the Georgia Rules of Professional Responsibility
Adapted from “Declaration of Commitment to Clients” published in the Compleat Lawyer, Vol. 11, No. 4, and reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association.
“I work with high-tech suppliers of medical services, car body shops, restaurant owners, and everyone in between. While each business has its differences, they’re defined more by their similarities. I help my clients resolve their problems—that’s what makes my job fun.”
- J.D., Cornell Law School, cum laude
- M.A., International Studies, University of Wyoming
- B.A., Government, Cornell University, cum laude
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Associations and Memberships
- Registered Neutral with the State of Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
- Member of the Atlanta Bar Association
- Member and past president of the Atlanta Business Alliance
- Founder of the Atlanta Junto Business Consulting Group
- Member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition
- Member and Membership Director of the Atlanta Medical Consulting Group
- Member of Election Committee of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association
- Member of the American Bar Association