William R Frank

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Attorney Profile


Attorney William R. Frank has over two decades of legal experience. Mr. Frank is a solo practitioner in the areas of criminal and family law serving the Central Valley.


Solo Practitioner, Fresno
Chief Child Support Attorney, Fresno County
Child Support Attorney IV, Fresno County
Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County
Solo Practitioner, Madera

2008 - present
2005 - 2007

2002 - 2005

1991 - 2002
1987 - 1991

As a solo practitioner in 1980’s he was involved in business litigation and family law.  After joining the Office of the Fresno County District Attorney  as Deputy District Attorney III he worked in the Family Support Division, the Welfare Fraud Unit, Criminal Non-support, and Child Abduction Unit.  He was responsible for changes in civil collection policies for welfare fraud and perjury prosecutions.  As the lead attorney in the Child Abduction Unit he was actively involved in international child custody cases, one of which lead to the creation of the Synclair-Cannon Act (Family Code Section 3048).

Upon the creation of the Fresno County Department of Child Support service he became a Child Support Attorney was responsible for the enforcement of the Federal child Support Enforcement Program, including the establishment of paternity, child support orders, real property liens and bankruptcy proceedings. In 2005 he was selected as the chief of its legal unit as the Department's Chief Attorney. As Chief Attorney he supervised the operations of its 22 member legal unit and was active in the management of the 300 + member department. His responsibilities included complex civil litigation and sensitive child support cases. He was a key member of the management team that developed and implemented program policies and procedures and reviewed and revised operation processes to meet the departmental goals and objectives within Federal and State legal requirements.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
    • Divorce
    • Child Support
    • Custody and Visitation
    • Domestic Violence
    • Adoptions
    • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Criminal Law
    • Misdemeanors
    • Felonies
    • White Collar Crimes
    • Contempt
  • Civil Litigation
  • Court-Appointed Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


  • San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California, 1985,  Juris Doctorate.
  • Fresno State University, Fresno, California, 1971
  • Bachelor of Arts – Majors: History and Education
  • Teaching Credentials: Standard Secondary and Ryan Multi-subject
  • Administrative Credential

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fresno County Bar Association, 1987 – Present
  • California Bar Association 1987 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  •  Judge Pro Tem – Small Claims
  • Operation Stand Down (Veterans)

Practice Areas
Civil Litigation
Criminal Defense

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Support
  • Support Arrears

Contact Info
William R. Frank
Attorney at Law
1327 N Street
Fresno, California 93721-1815
Telephone: 559-233-5151
Facsimile 559-266-9403
E-mail: Bill@WFrankLaw.com
Office Hours:
    Monday – Thursday
    8:30am - 12:00pm
    1:00pm -   5:00pm
    Weekends and Evenings
    By appointment

Web Resources
Local Courts
CA State Bar


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