Francis Liesman is an associate in the litigation and enforcement practice group based in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. He represents clients in complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal and civil enforcement matters. Francis works with a diverse group of clients, including medical technology and health care companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and non-profit institutions.
Francis maintains an active pro bono practice representing plaintiffs in civil rights litigation.
Before joining the firm, Francis served as special assistant corporation counsel in the Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division at the City of Chicago Law Department, where he represented the City of Chicago and its agencies in constitutional challenges in federal and state court.
While in law school, Francis served as a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, where he worked on various trial and appellate litigation matters. He was the managing editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy and worked with Duke’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic.
Prior to attending law school, Francis spent three years teaching high school science in Gary, Indiana through Teach For America.
- Assisting in the representation of a municipality in a First Amendment case before the United States Supreme Court.
- Assisting in the representation and internal investigation of a medical technology company in response to a DOJ civil enforcement inquiry.
- Represented a former executive of a non-profit corporation in a civil investigation brought by the SEC Office of Inspector General.
- Assisting in the defense of a manufacturing technology company at arbitration in a contractual dispute involving earn-outs and other deal-related issues.
- Representing an incarcerated civil rights plaintiff in federal district court. [Pro Bono]
- Conducting corruption and sanctions risk diligence related to the acquisition of a company by a private equity sponsor.
- Francis X. Liesman, “Swords into Plowshares: Nuclear Power and the Atomic Energy Act’s Preemptive Scope in Virginia Uranium, Inc. v. Warren,” Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy (March 14, 2019)
- JD, magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2020; Managing Editor, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy
- BS (Biomolecular Science and Spanish), with Distinction, University of Michigan, 2014; Phi Beta Kappa; William J. Branstrom Prize
Admissions / Qualifications
- Illinois, 2021
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois