Theodore D. Frank

Retired Partner

Ted Frank is a Retired Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP. Before retiring from active practice, Ted represented a number of organizations in the communications field. Much of his practice focused on representing public broadcasters, including PBS and several producing stations, as well as commercial broadcasters and telecommunications companies. His work included advising clients on First Amendment, defamation, invasion of privacy, and related issues outside the jurisdiction of the FCC.

He has represented 100Reporters LLC since its creation, reviewing articles for potential defamation issues, among other matters and moderating this panel. He has been an active participant in the Federal Communications Bar Association serving on the Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of several committees. In recent years, he has devoted time to professional ethics, serving as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then took a teaching fellowship at Harvard Law School, where he earned an LL.M.

Participating Sessions


The Pro Bono Legal Clinic offers investigative storytellers lacking legal representation the opportunity to connect with experts who can knowledgeably discuss legal challenges they are confronting. Leading attorneys in the areas of First Amendment law, privacy and libel, Freedom of Information, whistleblower protection, copyright and intellectual property will be on hand. Attorneys will brief participants on case law and trends relevant to the problems that journalists and filmmakers have articulated...