Frank J. Janecek, Jr.
Frank Janecek received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1987 and his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1991. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of California, the district courts for all districts of California and to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. For 11 years, Janecek has practiced in the areas of consumer/antitrust, Proposition 65, taxpayer and tobacco litigation. He has participated as a panelist and a speaker in continuing legal education programs relating to California’s Unfair Competition laws, public enforcement, tobacco litigation and challenging unconstitutional taxation schemes.
Janecek was co-lead counsel, as well as the court-appointed liaison counsel, in Wholesale Elec. Antitrust Cases I & II, JCCP Nos. 4204 & 4205, charging an antitrust conspiracy by wholesale electricity suppliers and traders of electricity in California’s newly deregulated wholesale electricity market. In conjunction with the Governor of the State of California, the California State Attorney General, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Electricity Oversight Board, a number of other state and local governmental entities and agencies, and California’s large, investor-owned electric utilities, plaintiffs secured a global settlement for California consumers, businesses and local governments valued at more than $1.1 billion.
Janecek has also litigated several Proposition 65 actions, including People ex rel. Lungren v. Superior Court, 14 Cal. 4th 294 (1996), which was jointly prosecuted with the Attorney General’s office. These actions resulted in the recovery of more than $10 million in disgorgement and/or civil penalties and warnings to consumers of their exposure to cancer causing agents and reproductive toxins. Janecek chaired several of the litigation committees in California’s tobacco litigation, which resulted in the $25.5 billion recovery for California and its local entities. He also handled a constitutional challenge to the State of California’s Smog Impact Fee, in the case Ramos v. Dep’t of Motor Vehicles, No. 95AS00532 (Cal. Super. Ct., Sacramento Cty.). As a result of the Ramos litigation, more than a million California residents received full refunds, plus interest, totaling $665 million.
Janecek and Patrick J. Coughlin co-authored of A Review of R.J. Reynolds’ Internal Documents Produced in Mangini v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 939359 – The Case that Rid California and the American Landscape of ‘Joe Camel’ (January 1998), which, along with more than 60,000 internal industry documents, was released to the public through Congressman Henry Waxman. Janecek is also the author of California’s Unfair Competition Act and Its Role in the Tobacco Wars (Fall 1997). He is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California and San Diego and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
American Bar Association, Member
California Bar Association, Member
San Diego County Bar Association, Member
Consumer Attorneys of California and San Diego, Member
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
Honors & Awards
- Super Lawyer, 2013-2017
Loyola Law School, J.D., 1991
University of California at Davis, B.S., 1987
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
- United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
Awards & Recognition
- 29 Robbins Geller Attorneys Selected as San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2017
- 35 Robbins Geller Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Their Excellence and Achievements in Law by Super Lawyers Magazine
- 34 Robbins Geller Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers in San Diego
- 25 Robbins Geller Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers and 8 Honored as Rising Stars