Frances Floriano Goins

Frances Floriano Goins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Ulmer & Berne LLP
 | Skylight Office Tower, 1660 West 2nd Street, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-583-7202
Fax: 216-583-7203
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (70%),
  • Banking (20%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Fran is skilled in resolving complex business disputes for financial services clients and multi-national corporations in areas including securities, governance and shareholder rights, banking and consumer law, and trustee and fiduciary liability. Recently, Fran litigated a $65 million Ponzi-scheme securities fraud class action claim against seven major financial institutions to a full defense jury verdict. She recently secured the dismissal in preliminary proceedings of a Fortune-500 company and its officers in a group of derivative cases claiming $800 million in damages, and is defending the same company in another derivative lawsuit alleging breaches of fiduciary duty based on adverse decisions in previous trade secret litigation. As an appellate advocate, Fran obtained seminal Sixth Circuit decisions on the “bespeaks caution” doctrine and CAFA jurisdiction.
Fran also counsels businesses on compliance issues including corporate governance, ethics, anti-bribery, and securities and financial regulatory requirements. She is actively engaged in assisting public and private companies in structuring compliance policies and procedures, and employee training. She has conducted numerous internal corporate and special litigation committee investigations for public and private companies on issues including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, officer conflicts of interest, reimbursement violations, accounting irregularities, and director liability claims. Fran also represents the FDIC in professional liability investigations involving failed banks. In addition, she is actively representing clients in bank regulatory and SEC investigations.
Fran has managed dozens of takeover and proxy contests involving public and private companies. Recently, she counseled a major shareholder of a national bank in a proxy contest challenging executive compensation and staggered election of directors that resulted in favorable changes in the governance structure of the bank.
Fran is recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, and Securities and Banking & Finance Litigation.

About Frances Goins

Admitted: 1977, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, and Securities and Banking & Finance Litigation, Woodward/White (2007-2012)Named one of Cleveland’s “25 Top Women Lawyers” (2011) and one of Ohio’s “50 Top Women Lawyers” (2010) in surveys of Ohio attorneys by Law & Politics Magazine Recognized as one of Cleveland Magazine's "Top-Gun" trial lawyersReceived YMCA Career Woman of Achievement AwardInternational Legal Professional of the Year (2004)Named a "Leading Lawyer" by Inside Business magazine (top 1% of Ohio attorneys) (2004-2011)  Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list  (2004-2012) Named one of "50 Top Women Lawyers" in a survey of Ohio attorneys by Law & Politics Magazine (2010) Received the 2005 Breast Cancer Hero Award, Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund Awarded Citation for Community Service by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners (2005)Named an International Legal Professional of the Year (2004) AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell Recognized as one of "America's Most Honored Professionals" by the American Registry (2011)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section - Chair, Subcommittee on Developments in D&O Liability; Business and Corporate Litigation, Corporate Governance; ABA Advisory Panel)Ohio State Bar Association (Member, Task Force on Business Courts; Corporation Law Committee)Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Past Chair, Securities Law Section; Member, Judicial Selection Committee; Financial Institutions Section)Federal Court Panel of Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutrals, N.D. Ohio Ohio Women's Bar Association (Founding Member)William K. Thomas Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench (Past President)U.S. Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (Life Member)Eighth District (Ohio) Judicial Conference (Life Member)U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio, Advisory Group (Emeritus Member)National Institute for Trial Advocacy Faculty
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Office Location for Frances Floriano Goins

Skylight Office Tower
1660 West 2nd Street, Suite 1100
Cleveland, OH 44113

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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