Frank C. Cimino, Jr.

Frank Cimino

Frank Cimino is a member of Venable’s Executive Board and a trial attorney in the Intellectual Property Division. Frank’s engineering background allows him to artfully balance his cutting-edge trial skills with achieving his client’s goals in technology-based cases. His litigation prowess and sophisticated trial work have been recognized repeatedly with third parties commenting that he is a “top trial lawyer,” with a "dynamic courtroom presence,” who “litigates with speed and aggression, delivering arguments with pinpoint accuracy.”

He represents clients in matters involving electronics, software, communications, and automotive technologies. He has significant experience with cases involving:

  • Wireless communications protocols
  • High-energy laser welding
  • Micro-mirror displays
  • Photoreceptors
  • Compact fluorescent lighting
  • PDA design and email forwarding
  • Compression algorithms and codecs
  • Semiconductor chip packaging
  • Building materials

In the automotive sector, Frank has helped clients with applications of injection molding (including gas-assist), vehicle occupant classification systems and software, side airbag sensor systems and software, navigation systems, and internal combustion engines.




  • M.S.E.E. Johns Hopkins University 1999
  • J.D. cum laude University of Baltimore School of Law 1996
  • B.S.M.E. cum laude Drexel University 1992

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2023
  • Legal 500, Intellectual Property - Patents: Litigation (full coverage), 2020 – 2022
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, DC, 2017 – 2020
  • IAM Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2015, 2017 – 2024 (Noted as being a “tenacious opponent” who is “an up-and-coming force” with a “dynamic courtroom presence”)
  • The National Law Journal
    • Defense Hot List, 2007
    • Plaintiff’s Hot List, 2013
    • Top 15 Patent Verdicts, 2012