Fran Goins is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Data Privacy & Information Security and Financial Services & Securities Litigation groups. She is skilled in resolving complex business disputes for public and private companies, and has litigated matters involving cybersecurity, corporate governance, securities, and consumer and contract law. Her practice also includes counseling businesses on compliance and training for data privacy and cybersecurity, ethics, anti-bribery, and governance best practices. She regularly advises companies on regulatory and breach response requirements in the cybersecurity area.
Ms. Goins was tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to speak on "Cybersecurity in the C-Suite and Boardroom" in its C-Cubed webinar series. She has been selected to Benchmark Litigation’s list of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (2014-2017), recognized by Chambers USA as one of Ohio’s leading lawyers in commercial litigation, and was named 2017 Securities “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland by The Best Lawyers in America®. Ms. Goins chairs the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Director & Officer Liability Committee.
She speaks and writes frequently on topics including cybersecurity, corporate governance, and director and officer liability.
Ms. Goins graduated Order of the Coif from Case Western Reserve University Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she obtained B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees in vocal performance.